Creates best practices guidelines for provisions of adult protective services.
TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the social services law, in relation to adult protective services
PURPOSE: To require a summary of adult protective services to be included an annual report required pursuant to social services law, and to require the development of best practices with respect to adult protective services.
SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:
Section 1 of the bill adds a new subdivision to section 473 of the social services law relating to annual report on adult protective services and requires the development of best practices for adult protective services.
Section 2 of the bill is the effective date.
Section 473 of the social services law sets forth various adult protective services. However, at this time, no "best practices" for the provision of these services has been established in New York. This legislation would require the development of such best practices with the goal of identifying and implementing improved methods for the delivery of adult protective services. This legislation will also require a summary of the various adult protective services offered in the state as well as relevant data on these services. The availability of more data and the development of best practices will help identify areas of improvement and lead to better protective services for our adults.
BILL HISTORY: New Bill
FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: Minimal
EFFECTIVE DATE: Immediately.
STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 5324 2013-2014 Regular Sessions IN SENATE May 16, 2013 ___________Introduced by Sen. MAZIARZ -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Social Services AN ACT to amend the social services law, in relation to adult protective services THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Section 473 of the social services law is amended by adding a new subdivision 8 to read as follows: 8. (A) THE COMMISSIONER SHALL PREPARE FOR INCLUSION IN THE ANNUAL REPORT REQUIRED BY SUBDIVISION (D) OF SECTION SEVENTEEN OF THIS CHAPTER TO BE FILED WITH THE GOVERNOR AND THE LEGISLATURE PRIOR TO DECEMBER FIFTEENTH OF EACH YEAR, A REPORT OF THE ACTIVITIES AND SERVICES PROVIDED BY SOCIAL SERVICES OFFICIALS IN SOCIAL SERVICES DISTRICTS WITHIN THE STATE AS REQUIRED BY THIS SECTION. THE REPORT SHALL INCLUDE A LIST OF SOCIAL SERVICES DISTRICTS WITHIN THE STATE TOGETHER WITH CONTACT INFOR- MATION FOR EACH. FOR EACH SOCIAL SERVICES DISTRICT WITHIN THE STATE, SUCH REPORT SHALL ALSO INCLUDE AN INDICATION OF THE NUMBER OF ADULTS THAT HAVE BEEN PROVIDED ADULT PROTECTIVE SERVICES IN THAT REPORTING PERIOD, A SUMMARY OF THE TYPES OF ADULT PROTECTIVE SERVICES PROVIDED, AND THE STATUS OF ANY DISTRICT-WIDE PLAN FOR THE PROVISION OF ADULT PROTECTIVE SERVICES. (B) FOR THE PURPOSE OF IMPLEMENTING IMPROVED METHODS FOR THE DELIVERY OF PROTECTIVE SERVICES FOR ADULTS, THE DEPARTMENT SHALL DEVELOP BEST PRACTICES, POLICIES, PROTOCOLS AND PROCEDURES WITH RESPECT TO THE PROVISION OF THE SERVICES REQUIRED BY THIS SECTION. IN DEVELOPING SUCH BEST PRACTICES, POLICIES, PROTOCOLS AND PROCEDURES, THE DEPARTMENT MAY CONSULT WITH SOCIAL SERVICES DISTRICTS, SOCIAL SERVICES OFFICIALS, AND ORGANIZATIONS THAT ARE STATE OR FEDERALLY RECOGNIZED AUTHORITIES ON MATTERS PERTAINING TO ADULT PROTECTIVE SERVICES. SUCH BEST PRACTICES, POLICIES, PROTOCOLS AND PROCEDURES SHALL BE DEVELOPED BY OR BEFORE JANU- ARY FIRST, TWO THOUSAND FIFTEEN, AND THE COMMISSIONER SHALL POST THEEXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD11072-02-3 S. 5324 2
SAME ON THE DEPARTMENT'S WEBSITE AND OTHERWISE MAKE SUCH BEST PRACTICES, POLICIES, PROTOCOLS AND PROCEDURES AVAILABLE TO SOCIAL SERVICES DISTRICTS WITHIN THE STATE. S 2. This act shall take effect immediately.