Requires standardized training curriculum for persons employed or volunteering at a mental health care provider certified or operated by the office for people with developmental disabilities.
TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the mental hygiene law, in relation to standardized training curriculum requirements
PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL: The purpose of this bill is to Standardize safety trainings at developmental disability facilities.
SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS: Section 1 of the bill would amend section 13.23 of the Mental Hygiene law by adding a new paragraph (h) which requires the commissioner of the Office for People with Developmental Disabilities to develop an educational curriculum for all providers operated or licensed by the agency. The educational curriculum shill include training in abuse, neglect and maltreatment indication and prevention; laws, regulations and procedures governing the protection of persons with disabilities from abuse; neglect and maltreatment; identification, safety and security procedures; fire safety; first aid; cardiopulmonary resuscitation; cultural competence, and; any other appropriate topic.
S 6501(3) (a) as amended in 1989 mandates that medical professionals who are covered under the mandatory child abuse reporting law receive two (2) hours of coursework or training regarding the identification and reporting of child abuse and maltreatment. This bill would add a third hour to that two hour course, and mandate that third hour be spent discussing the identification of the symptoms of domestic violence and elder abuse.
JUSTIFICATION: The New York Times recently published an article which chronicled allegations of abuse and mistreatment of residents with developmental disabilities in group homes. As a result, the Assembly held a series of statewide public hearings aimed at carefully examining the quality of care and safety measures in homes for individuals - with developmental disabilities.
As a result of the hearings, the committee learned that many staffers may not have adequate training in recognizing or reporting neglect or abuse. This bill will ensure that employees of developmental disability facilities will receive adequate training regarding patient safety.
PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: New bill.
FISCAL IMPACT: None.
EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect July first, two thousand and twelve.
STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 5794 2011-2012 Regular Sessions IN SENATE June 16, 2011 ___________Introduced by Sen. McDONALD -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Rules AN ACT to amend the mental hygiene law, in relation to standardized training curriculum requirements THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Section 13.23 of the mental hygiene law is amended by adding a new subdivision (d) to read as follows: (D) THE COMMISSIONER SHALL ADOPT RULES AND REGULATIONS REQUIRING ALL PERSONS WHO ARE EMPLOYED OR VOLUNTEERING AT A PROVIDER LICENSED, CERTI- FIED OR OPERATED BY THE OFFICE TO COMPLETE A STANDARDIZED TRAINING CURRICULUM CONSISTENT WITH THIS CHAPTER. SUCH CURRICULUM SHALL INCLUDE, BUT NOT BE LIMITED TO: (I) ABUSE, NEGLECT AND MALTREATMENT INDICATION AND PREVENTION, (II) LAWS, REGULATIONS AND PROCEDURES GOVERNING THE PROTECTION OF PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES FROM ABUSE, NEGLECT AND MALTREATMENT, (III) IDENTIFICATION, SAFETY AND SECURITY PROCEDURES, (IV) FIRE SAFETY, (V) FIRST AID, (VI) CARDIOPULMONARY RESUSCITATION, (VII) CULTURAL COMPETENCE, AND (VIII) ANY OTHER APPROPRIATE TOPIC. S 2. This act shall take effect on July 1, 2012.EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD13094-01-1