Enacts the skills for direct support professional jobs for the developmentally disabled act.
TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the mental hygiene law, in relation to enacting the "skills for direct support professional jobs for the developmentally disabled act"
PURPOSE: The bill requires the Office of People with Developmental Disabilities in consultation with the Department of Labor, the Department of Education and any other office deemed appropriate to produce a report regarding state workforce need projections and credential production for direct support professional jobs for the developmentally disabled.
SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS: Section 1 amends mental hygiene law by adding a new section 13.4 to report on workforce needs and credential production. Section 2 makes the bill effective immediately.
JUSTIFICATION: It has been reported by Clarence Sundram in the report commissioned by Governor Andrew Cuomo that although there are currently hundreds of thousands of persons in direct support jobs across all human services systems there clearly does not exist programs of common validated skill standards and/or competencies for direct support professional support workers. This act will project the workforce needs of the state in the Office of People with Developmental Disabilities and exhibit workforce needs that are not being met by state degrees and certificate production and identify institutions, public or private that can address those workforce needs through new programs or expansion of existing ones. Institutions of higher education, including community colleges, the state university and the city university are encouraged to use the report in master planning for course offerings.
LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: New Bill.
FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: None.
EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect immediately.
STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 7473 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 AN ACT to amend the mental hygiene law, in relation to enacting the "skills for direct support professional jobs for the developmentally disabled act" THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. This act shall be known and may be cited as the "skills for direct support professional jobs for the developmentally disabled act". S 2. The mental hygiene law is amended by adding a new section 13.41 to read as follows: S 13.41 REPORT ON WORKFORCE NEEDS AND CREDENTIAL PRODUCTION. 1. TO THE EXTENT PRACTICABLE WITHIN AVAILABLE RESOURCES AND SUBJECT TO THE AVAILABILITY OF DATA CURRENTLY COLLECTED BY AND ACCESSIBLE TO THE OFFICE, THE OFFICE, IN CONSULTATION WITH THE DEPARTMENT OF LABOR, THE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION, AND ANY OTHER ENTITY THE OFFICE DEEMS APPROPRI- ATE, SHALL PRODUCE A REPORT REGARDING STATE WORKFORCE NEED PROJECTIONS AND CREDENTIAL PRODUCTION. THE REPORT SHALL: (A) INDICATE THE STATE'S ANTICIPATED WORKFORCE NEEDS AND THE NUMBER OF DEGREES, CERTIFICATES, AND OTHER CREDENTIALS THAT PUBLIC AND PRIVATE INSTITUTIONS OF HIGHER EDUCATION, PRIVATE OCCUPATIONAL SCHOOLS, LOCAL COMMUNITY COLLEGES, AND AREA VOCATIONAL SCHOOLS EXPECT TO ISSUE; (B) TO THE EXTENT PROVIDED BY SOURCES EXTERNAL TO THE DEPARTMENT, INDICATE THE STATE'S ANTICIPATED NUMBER OF DEGREES, CERTIFICATES, AND OTHER CREDENTIALS THAT HIGH SCHOOL VOCATIONAL PROGRAMS, APPRENTICESHIP PROGRAMS, AND OTHER PUBLIC OR PRIVATE WORKFORCE TRAINING PROGRAMS EXPECT TO ISSUE; (C) IDENTIFY ANY WORKFORCE NEEDS, INCLUDING AREAS OF SPECIALIZATION WITHIN A PARTICULAR VOCATION, THAT MAY NOT BE MET BY THE EDUCATION, TRAINING, AND APPRENTICESHIP PROGRAMS; (D) IDENTIFY INSTITUTIONS, PUBLIC OR PRIVATE, THAT MAY MEET PROJECTED WORKFORCE NEEDS; ANDEXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD15883-03-2 S. 7473 2
(E) PROMULGATE RECOMMENDATIONS FOR A MASTER PLAN FOR A COURSE OF STUDYING OFFERING. 2. THE OFFICE, BY JANUARY FIRST, TWO THOUSAND THIRTEEN, SHALL PROVIDE A COPY OF THE REPORT TO THE MENTAL HEALTH AND DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES COMMITTEE OF THE SENATE AND ASSEMBLY OR ANY SUCCESSOR COMMITTEE, AND TO THE GOVERNOR. 3. THE DEPARTMENT SHALL SEND THE REPORT TO EVERY PUBLIC POSTSECONDARY GOVERNING BOARD IN THE STATE AND SHALL WORK WITH THE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION TO PROVIDE THE REPORT TO THE STATE'S PUBLIC SCHOOL DISTRICTS, NEW YORK CHARTER SCHOOLS AND NEW YORK PRIVATE ELEMENTARY, MIDDLE, AND HIGH SCHOOLS. S 3. This act shall take effect immediately.