Establishes a statewide toll-free elderly abuse hotline.
BILL NUMBER:S6291 REVISED 3/4/14
TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the social services law, in relation to establishing a statewide toll-free elderly abuse hotline for purposes of reporting of endangered adults
PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL: Establishes a single statewide toll-free telephone number which people may call to report any abuse, neglect, exploitation or abandonment of an elderly person.
SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS: A statewide toll-free telephone number will be in operation twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week, for the sole purpose of reporting the known or suspected abuse of an elderly person. This abuse shall include, but not be limited to: physical and/or mental mistreatment, neglect, exploitation or abandonment.
EFFECTS OF PRESENT LAW WHICH THIS BILL WOULD ALTER: Subdivision 1 of section 473-b of the social services law is remunerated subdivision 2 and a new subdivision 1 is added.
JUSTIFICATION: An Elder Abuse Hotline is necessary for the protection of the welfare and security of our state's elderly who are often too vulnerable to protect themselves from a potentially life-threatening situation. By establishing a toll-free telephone number, a person may promptly report a case in which an elderly person is maltreated. In situations where a relative is responsible, abused seniors are less apt to report the criminal behavior. A statewide hotline will create an accessible reporting system, and serve as the first step in protecting the senior from abuse.
LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: A.5400 in the 2011/2012 Legislative Session
FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: The estimated cost associated with the establishment of the hotline would be in the range of $13.5 million. This is based on a comparison of the cost associated with the establishment of the OCFS centralized hotline in 2013.
EFFECTIVE DATE: One hundred and twenty days after it becomes law.
STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 6291 IN SENATE January 9, 2014 ___________Introduced by Sen. DILAN -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Aging AN ACT to amend the social services law, in relation to establishing a statewide toll-free elderly abuse hotline for purposes of reporting of endangered adults THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. The opening paragraph of section 473-b of the social services law, as added by chapter 523 of the laws of 1984, is amended to read as follows: 1. THE OFFICE SHALL ESTABLISH, MAINTAIN AND OPERATE A SINGLE STATEWIDE TOLL-FREE TELEPHONE NUMBER FOR THE PURPOSE OF RECEIVING TELEPHONE CALLS ALLEGING ABUSE OR MALTREATMENT OF AN ELDERLY PERSON, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO ABUSE, NEGLECT OR FINANCIAL EXPLOITATION AS DEFINED IN THIS ARTICLE. 2. Any person who in good faith believes that a person eighteen years of age or older may be an endangered adult or in need of protective or other services, pursuant to this article, and who, based on such belief either: S 2. This act shall take effect on the one hundred twentieth day after it shall have become a law, except that any rules and regulations neces- sary for the timely implementation of this act on its effective date may be promulgated on or before such date.EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD11223-01-3