Requires the commissioner of the office for people with developmental disabilities to define a career path for direct support professionals.
TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the mental hygiene law, in relation to requiring the commissioner of developmental disabilities to define a career path for direct support professionals
PURPOSE: Amend mental hygiene law by adding a new section, 16.39 to create a public workforce initiative to define a career path model for direct support professionals
SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS: The commissioner, in conjunction with national and state experts, shall create a public workforce initiative to define a career path model for direct support professionals by blending best practice learning initiatives including the University of Minnesota's College of Direct Support and New York State Direct Support Competencies.
JUSTIFICATION: New York State's system of services for individuals with developmental disabilities have changed dramatically over the past decades, to one that was institution-based to one which today supports thousands of individuals in their home communities. With that change has come an equally significant need for learning seminars on the trends of developmentally disabled services toward competency based training, the role and value of skill mentors, and facilitating direct support professional portfolio development.
LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: New Bill.
FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: To be determined.
EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect immediately.
STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 7472--A IN SENATE May 23, 2012 ___________Introduced by Sen. McDONALD -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Mental Health and Develop- mental Disabilities -- committee discharged, bill amended, ordered reprinted as amended and recommitted to said committee AN ACT to amend the mental hygiene law, in relation to requiring the commissioner of developmental disabilities to define a career path for direct support professionals THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. The mental hygiene law is amended by adding a new section 16.39 to read as follows: S 16.39 CAREER PATH FOR DIRECT SUPPORT PROFESSIONALS. NOTWITHSTANDING ANY PROVISIONS OF LAW TO THE CONTRARY, THE COMMISSIONER, IN CONJUNCTION WITH NATIONAL AND STATE EXPERTS, SHALL CREATE A PUBLIC WORKFORCE INITI- ATIVE TO DEFINE A CAREER PATH MODEL FOR DIRECT SUPPORT PROFESSIONALS BY BLENDING BEST PRACTICE LEARNING INITIATIVES INCLUDING THE UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA'S COLLEGE OF DIRECT SUPPORT AND NEW YORK STATE DIRECT SUPPORT PROFESSIONAL COMPETENCIES. FOR PROVIDER ORGANIZATIONS, THE DEPARTMENT SHALL CONDUCT ONE-DAY REGIONAL LEARNING SEMINARS ON THE TREND OF DEVEL- OPMENTALLY DISABLED SERVICES TOWARD COMPETENCY BASED TRAINING, THE ROLE AND VALUE OF SKILL MENTORS, AND FACILITATING DIRECT SUPPORT PROFES- SIONALS PORTFOLIO DEVELOPMENT. S 2. This act shall take effect immediately.EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD15977-03-2