Bill S7472A-2011

Requires the commissioner of developmental disabilities to define a career path for direct support professionals

Requires the commissioner of the office for people with developmental disabilities to define a career path for direct support professionals.

Details

Actions

  • May 30, 2012: REPORTED AND COMMITTED TO FINANCE
  • May 24, 2012: PRINT NUMBER 7472A
  • May 24, 2012: AMEND (T) AND RECOMMIT TO MENTAL HEALTH AND DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES
  • May 23, 2012: REFERRED TO MENTAL HEALTH AND DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES

Votes

VOTE: COMMITTEE VOTE: - Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities - May 30, 2012
Ayes (8): McDonald, Ball, Bonacic, Hannon, Seward, Zeldin, Huntley, Klein
Ayes W/R (2): Duane, Peralta

Memo

BILL NUMBER:S7472A

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.


Text

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.

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