Establishes citizen review panel for the counties of Nassau, Suffolk, Rockland and Westchester.
Ayes (6): Montgomery, Schneiderman, Huntley, Duane, McDonald, Marcellino
BILL NUMBER: S6262
TITLE OF BILL : An act to amend the social services law, in relation to establishment of citizen review panels for the counties of Nassau and Suffolk and Rockland and Westchester
PURPOSE : To create a citizen review panel for Nassau, Suffolk, Rockland, and Westchester counties.
SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS : Creates a 4th citizen review panel, also establishes that one of these citizen review panels shall be established for the Counties of Nassau, Suffolk, Rockland, and Westchester Counties. Section 2 is the effective date.
JUSTIFICATION : Citizen review panels evaluate the extent to which the State and social services districts are effectively discharging their child protection responsibilities. Such panels are comprised of community volunteers, including persons who have expertise in the prevention and treatment of child abuse and maltreatment. Each panel is responsible for publishing an annual report containing: (1) a summary of the panel's activities; and (2) any findings and recommendations of the panel. Currently Currently there are 3 citizen review panels one for the five boroughs of New York City, one covering the 17 western most counties, and one that covers the remaining 40 counties. Because of the sheer amount of distance and cases being handled it is necessary to create a 4th review panel that would be able to concentrate on the significant case load created by Nassau, Suffolk, Rockland and Westchester Counties.
LEGISLATIVE HISTORY : New Bill.
FISCAL IMPLICATIONS : None.
EFFECTIVE DATE : This act shall take effect immediately.
STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 6262 2009-2010 Regular Sessions IN SENATE November 4, 2009 ___________Introduced by Sens. FOLEY, MONTGOMERY, C. JOHNSON -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Rules AN ACT to amend the social services law, in relation to establishment of citizen review panels for the counties of Nassau and Suffolk and Rock- land and Westchester THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Subdivision 1 of section 371-b of the social services law, as added by chapter 136 of the laws of 1999, is amended to read as follows: 1. There shall be established at least
[three]FOUR citizen review panels. At least one panel shall be established for the city of New York, AT LEAST ONE PANEL SHALL BE ESTABLISHED FOR THE COUNTIES OF NASSAU, SUFFOLK, ROCKLAND AND WESTCHESTER and at least two panels shall be established for social services districts or combinations of districts outside of the city of New York. The panel in the city of New York shall create one subcommittee for each borough for the purposes of evaluating the extent to which the state and the social services district are discharging their child protection responsibilities within that particular borough, in accordance with [subsection]SUBDIVISION three of this section. The office of children and family services shall make available resources to support the needs of each citizen review panel. S 2. This act shall take effect immediately.EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD14928-03-9