BILL NO A07181
SAME AS No same as
SPONSOR Paulin (MS)
COSPNSR Gottfried, Abinanti, Galef, Jaffee, Stirpe
Amd S2803-j, Pub Health L
Relates to an informational leaflet relating to safe sleep; requires that the
informational leaflet for maternity patients include recommendations from the
American Academy of Pediatrics relating to safe sleep, including sleep space
TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the public health law, in relation to
an informational leaflet relating to safe sleep
PURPOSE: To increase public awareness and educate maternity patients
about safe sleep practice
SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:
Section one amends section 2803-j of the public health law by adding a
new subdivision 1-d to provide that the informational leaflet provided
by hospitals and birth centers to maternity patients under this
section shall also include the recommendations from the American
Academy of Pediatrics relating to safe sleep, including sleep space
and sleep position, and discussion on how to reduce the risk of infant
death through safe sleep practices. The information described in this
subparagraph may take the form of a video in lieu of a leaflet.
Section two provides the effective date.
JUSTIFICATION: Each year in New York State, babies die from Sudden
Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) and accidents during sleep. The Office of
Children and Family Services (OCFS) has noticed that an increased
number of fatalities reported to the Statewide Central Register has
been occurring in children, mainly infants, while they are sleeping.
To promote safe sleeping practices for infants, the State Department
of Health (DOH) and OCFS have worked cooperatively on developing
brochures and other public information materials on safe sleep. DOH
has devoted a page on its website to SIDS and safe sleep.
It is critical, however, that efforts to prevent infant deaths due to
unsafe sleeping practices include direct outreach to birth parents.
We currently already require hospitals and birth centers to provide
information to maternity patients regarding shaken baby syndrome,
maternal depression and statistics on maternity-related procedures
such as cesarean sections performed at such hospitals and birth
centers. This bill would simply add to such information.
With this legislation, we can continue to build awareness of the risks
associated with unsafe sleeping conditions and help parents provide
safe sleeping environments for infants so that we can prevent another
LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: New bill.
FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: Nominal.
EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect on the one hundred
twentieth day after it shall have become a law; provided that any rule
or regulation necessary for the timely implementation of this act on
its effective date shall be promulgated on or before such effective
S T A T E O F N E W Y O R K
2015-2016 Regular Sessions
I N A S S E M B L Y
April 27, 2015
Introduced by M. of A. PAULIN, GOTTFRIED, ABINANTI, GALEF, JAFFEE,
STIRPE -- Multi-Sponsored by -- M. of A. SOLAGES -- read once and
referred to the Committee on Health
AN ACT to amend the public health law, in relation to an informational
leaflet relating to safe sleep
THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM-
BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:
1 Section 1. Section 2803-j of the public health law is amended by
2 adding a new subdivision 1-d to read as follows:
3 1-D. THE INFORMATIONAL LEAFLET SHALL ALSO INCLUDE THE RECOMMENDATIONS
4 FROM THE AMERICAN ACADEMY OF PEDIATRICS RELATING TO SAFE SLEEP, INCLUD-
5 ING SLEEP SPACE AND SLEEP POSITION, AND DISCUSSION ON HOW TO REDUCE THE
6 RISK OF INFANT DEATH THROUGH SAFE SLEEP PRACTICES. THE INFORMATION
7 DESCRIBED IN THIS SUBDIVISION MAY TAKE THE FORM OF A VIDEO IN LIEU OF A
9 S 2. This act shall take effect on the one hundred twentieth day after
10 it shall have become a law; provided that any rule or regulation neces-
11 sary for the timely implementation of this act on its effective date
12 shall be promulgated on or before such effective date.
EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
[ ] is old law to be omitted.