Bill S4775-2013

Relates to substance abuse prevention personnel in New York city schools

Relates to substance abuse prevention personnel in New York city schools.

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  • Jan 8, 2014: REFERRED TO CITIES
  • Apr 23, 2013: REFERRED TO CITIES

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BILL NUMBER:S4775

TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the administrative code of the city of New York and chapter 53 of the laws of 2012, enacting the aid to localities budget, in relation to substance abuse prevention personnel in New York city schools

PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL: To guarantee that the NYC Department of Education shall provide on a full time basis at least one substance prevention and intervention specialist at each public school. A substance abuse prevention and intervention specialist is a New York City department of education employee that has received substance abuse training through the NYS Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services.

SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS: Section One of the Administrative Code of the City of New York is amended by adding a new Section 12-140.

JUSTIFICATION: Substance Abuse Prevention and Intervention Specialists (SAPIS) serve an indispensable function in New York City Schools. Trained to deal with the effects and causes of emotional, physical, and substance abuse, SAPIS counselors fill a role that other Department of Education employees simply cannot.

SAPIS counselors prevent and eliminate many forms of disruptive behavior that hinders a student's ability to learn and the teacher's ability to teach. Negative behavioral traits often develop as a result of abuse in a student's family. Drug abuse among the children of drug abusers is not uncommon. These children also frequently develop violence-prone personalities and a sharp decline in academic performance. SAPIS workers are our best tools for stemming these trends.

Bolstering the SAPIS program will lead to a long-term decrease in New York State's financial obligations. In short, SAPIS has been proven to shepherd students front high risk to productive members of society. The Passage of this bill will ensure that at least one full time substance abuse prevention and intervention specialist be assigned to each NYC Public School.

PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: none

EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect immediately.


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STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 4775 2013-2014 Regular Sessions IN SENATE April 23, 2013 ___________
Introduced by Sen. SANDERS -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Cities AN ACT to amend the administrative code of the city of New York and chapter 53 of the laws of 2012, enacting the aid to localities budget, in relation to substance abuse prevention personnel in New York city schools THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. The administrative code of the city of New York is amended by adding a new section 12-140 to read as follows: S 12-140 SUBSTANCE ABUSE PREVENTION AND INTERVENTION PERSONNEL. THE NEW YORK CITY DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION SHALL PROVIDE ON A FULL-TIME BASIS AT LEAST ONE SUBSTANCE ABUSE PREVENTION AND INTERVENTION SPECIALIST AT EACH PUBLIC SCHOOL IN THE CITY OF NEW YORK. FOR THE PURPOSES OF THIS SECTION, A SUBSTANCE ABUSE PREVENTION AND INTERVENTION SPECIALIST IS A NEW YORK CITY DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION EMPLOYEE THAT HAS RECEIVED SUBSTANCE ABUSE TRAINING THROUGH THE NEW YORK STATE OFFICE OF ALCOHOLISM AND SUBSTANCE ABUSE SERVICES. S 2. Section 1 of chapter 53 of the laws of 2012, enacting the aid to localities budget, is amended by repealing the items hereinbelow set forth in brackets and by adding to such section the other items under- scored in this section. DEPARTMENT OF MENTAL HYGIENE OFFICE OF ALCOHOLISM AND SUBSTANCE ABUSE SERVICES PREVENTION AND PROGRAM SUPPORT Special Revenue Funds - Other Miscellaneous Special Revenue Fund Mental Hygiene Program Fund Account
Notwithstanding any provision of law to the contrary, the commissioner of the office of alcoholism and substance abuse services shall [be authorized to continue contracts which were executed on or before March 31, 2012 with entities providing services for problem gambling and chemical dependency prevention and treatment services, without any additional requirements that such contracts be subject to competitive bidding, a request for proposal process or other administrative procedures. Of the amounts appropriated herein, at least $14,859,531 shall be made] MAKE FUNDING available to the New York City Department of Education for the continuation of such school-operated prevention programs provided by school district [employees] SUBSTANCE ABUSE PREVENTION AND INTER- VENTION PERSONNEL ........................... 42,553,000 S 3. This act shall take effect immediately.

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