Requires the office of temporary and disability assistance to work with local social services districts to determine what information shall be given to applicants and recipients of public assistance and to post such information on their website.
Ayes (61): Adams, Addabbo, Avella, Bonacic, Boyle, Breslin, Carlucci, DeFrancisco, Diaz, Dilan, Espaillat, Farley, Felder, Flanagan, Fuschillo, Gallivan, Gianaris, Gipson, Golden, Griffo, Grisanti, Hannon, Hassell-Thomps, Hoylman, Kennedy, Klein, Krueger, Lanza, Larkin, Latimer, LaValle, Libous, Little, Marcellino, Martins, Maziarz, Montgomery, Nozzolio, O'Brien, O'Mara, Parker, Peralta, Perkins, Ranzenhofer, Ritchie, Rivera, Robach, Sampson, Sanders, Savino, Serrano, Seward, Skelos, Smith, Squadron, Stavisky, Stewart-Cousin, Tkaczyk, Valesky, Young, Zeldin
Nays (2): Ball, Marchione
TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the social services law, in relation to public notice of basic rights
PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL: Social Services sill of Rights Act. To amend the social services law, in relation to requiring social services districts to conspicuously post a notice of basic rights SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS: Offices of social services, which are open to the public, are to post conspicuously a notice of recipients basic rights, already established by law, which are as follows:
* Right to a Fair Hearing * Duty to Assist k Right to Emergency Assistance * Right to Apply * Right to Child Care * Right to Free Language Services * Right to Screening and Special Services If Experiencing Domestic Violence * Right to Full and Equal Access to Benefits and Services * Right to a Written Adequate Notice
JUSTIFICATION: The aforementioned rights are all enshrined in law or through precedence. However, those seeking benefits may not be aware of their existence or specific details. This bill will require all public assistance offices that ate open to the public to post discernibly the document containing these rights with details of their utility so that the applicant may make informed decisions about benefits. This will allow employees at said agencies may better serve the public.
PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: This is a new bill.
FISCAL IMPLICATIONS FOR STATE LOCAL GOVERNMENTS: None.
EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect on the ninetieth day after it shall have become law.
STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 5428--A 2013-2014 Regular Sessions IN SENATE May 16, 2013 ___________Introduced by Sen. SANDERS -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Social Services -- commit- tee discharged, bill amended, ordered reprinted as amended and recom- mitted to said committee AN ACT to amend the social services law, in relation to public notice of basic rights THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. The social services law is amended by adding a new section 134-c to read as follows: S 134-C. PUBLIC NOTICE OF BASIC RIGHTS. THE OFFICE OF TEMPORARY AND DISABILITY ASSISTANCE SHALL WORK WITH THE LOCAL SOCIAL SERVICES DISTRICTS TO DETERMINE WHAT INFORMATION SHOULD BE GIVEN TO APPLICANTS AND RECIPIENTS OF PUBLIC ASSISTANCE. THE OFFICE OF TEMPORARY AND DISA- BILITY ASSISTANCE SHALL FURTHER DETERMINE WHICH OF THAT INFORMATION SHALL BE PLACED ON THE OFFICE'S WEBSITE. S 2. This act shall take effect on the ninetieth day after it shall have become law.EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD10689-02-3