Authorizes the office for the aging to conduct a public education campaign relating to elder abuse.
Ayes (21): Flanagan, Bonacic, Carlucci, DeFrancisco, Farley, Hannon, Larkin, LaValle, Little, Marcellino, Seward, Skelos, Young, Valesky, Stewart-Cousins, Breslin, Dilan, Espaillat, Krueger, Montgomery, Perkins
Ayes W/R (2): Nozzolio, Gianaris
Excused (2): Hassell-Thompson, Parker
TITLE OF BILL:
An act to amend the elder law, in relation to the authority of the office for the aging to conduct a public education campaign relating to elder abuse
This bill would authorize the state office for the aging to conduct a public education campaign to create awareness on the signs and symptoms of elder abuse.
SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:
Section one amends the elder law to authorize the state office for the aging, in conjunction with the state office of children and families services, to conduct a public education campaign identifying and providing information relating to elder abuse, to the extent appropriations are available.
While the Bureau of Adult Services at the Office of Children and Family Services provides technical assistance to staff and develops public education and training initiatives regarding adult abuse, a public education campaign is warranted to combat the significant underreporting of elder abuse.
In part, the underreporting of elder abuse can be attributed to a lack of understanding of what constitutes abuse of an elderly person which can range from physical, sexual or emotional abuse to financial exploitation and neglect.
A public education campaign can provide the public with much needed information guidance with regard to identifying signs of elder abuse, who to contact if abuse is suspected and what services are available to assist those who are victims of elder abuse which can include self neglect.
To the extent appropriations are available.
STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 5328--A 2015-2016 Regular Sessions IN SENATE May 13, 2015 ___________Introduced by Sen. SERINO -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Aging -- reported favora- bly from said committee and committed to the Committee on Finance -- committee discharged, bill amended, ordered reprinted as amended and recommitted to said committee AN ACT to amend the elder law, in relation to the authority of the office for the aging to conduct a public education campaign relating to elder abuse THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Paragraph (b) of subdivision 14 and subdivision 15 of section 202 of the elder law, paragraph (b) of subdivision 14 as amended and subdivision 15 as added by chapter 263 of the laws of 2011, are amended and a new subdivision 16 is added to read as follows: (b) make recommendations, in consultation with the division of housing and community renewal, to the governor and legislature for assisting mixed-use age-integrated housing development or redevelopment demon- stration projects in urban, suburban and rural areas of the state. The director of the office for the aging and secretary of state shall estab- lish an advisory committee for purposes of this subdivision. Such committee shall include, but not be limited to, top representatives of local government, senior citizen organizations, developers, senior service providers and planners;
[and]15. to periodically, in consultation with the state director of [veteran's]VETERANS' affairs, review the programs operated by the office to ensure that the needs of the state's aging veteran population are being met and to develop improvements to programs to meet such needs [.]; AND 16. TO THE EXTENT APPROPRIATIONS ARE AVAILABLE, AND IN CONSULTATION WITH THE OFFICE OF CHILDREN AND FAMILY SERVICES, CONDUCT A PUBLIC EDUCA- TION CAMPAIGN THAT EMPHASIZES ZERO-TOLERANCE FOR ELDER ABUSE. SUCHEXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD10894-04-5 S. 5328--A 2
CAMPAIGN SHALL INCLUDE INFORMATION ABOUT THE SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS OF ELDER ABUSE, IDENTIFICATION OF POTENTIAL CAUSES OF ELDER ABUSE, RESOURCES AVAILABLE TO ASSIST IN THE PREVENTION OF ELDER ABUSE, WHERE SUSPECTED ELDER ABUSE CAN BE REPORTED, CONTACT INFORMATION FOR PROGRAMS OFFERING SERVICES TO VICTIMS OF ELDER ABUSE SUCH AS COUNSELING, AND ASSISTANCE WITH ARRANGING PERSONAL CARE AND SHELTER. SUCH CAMPAIGN SHALL INCLUDE, BUT NOT BE LIMITED TO: PRINTED EDUCATIONAL AND INFORMATIONAL MATERIALS; AUDIO, VIDEO, ELECTRONIC, OTHER MEDIA; AND PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENTS OR ADVERTISEMENTS. S 2. This act shall take effect immediately.