|SAME AS||No Same As|
|COSPNSR||Lupardo, Brindisi, Lavine, Jaffee, Dinowitz|
|Amd S202, add S219-a, Eld L; add S99-w, St Fin L|
|Provides for a financial exploitation prevention outreach, education and training program and fund; authorizes the director of the office of the aging to award grants to qualified agencies to establish local elderly exploitation, outreach, education and training programs; outlines elements of such program.|
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STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 2325 2015-2016 Regular Sessions IN ASSEMBLY January 16, 2015 ___________ Introduced by M. of A. ENGLEBRIGHT, LUPARDO -- read once and referred to the Committee on Aging AN ACT to amend the elder law, in relation to financial exploitation of the elderly and to amend the state finance law, in relation to creat- ing the financial exploitation outreach, education and training fund The People of the State of New York, represented in Senate and Assem- bly, do enact as follows: 1 Section 1. Section 202 of the elder law is amended by adding a new 2 subdivision 16 to read as follows: 3 16. to conduct an outreach, education and training program for finan- 4 cial institutions as defined in subdivision six of section 470.00 of the 5 penal law. 6 § 2. The elder law is amended by adding a new section 219-a to read as 7 follows: 8 § 219-a. Financial exploitation, outreach, education and training 9 program. 1. Definitions. For the purposes of this section, the term 10 "designated agency" shall have the meaning ascribed to it under section 11 two hundred fourteen of this title and "financial institution" shall 12 have the meaning ascribed to it in subdivision six of section 470.00 of 13 the penal law. 14 2. The director, within the amounts appropriated therefor, shall, in 15 conjunction with the office of children and family services and the 16 department of financial services, establish a financial exploitation 17 outreach, education and training program, hereinafter referred to as 18 "the program" for the purpose of providing an education, outreach and 19 training program to financial institutions, to certified public account- 20 ants licensed in this state, to any preparer of taxes operating in this 21 state and to attorneys licensed in this state. The program shall be a 22 voluntary program. The director, in conjunction with the office of chil- 23 dren and family services and the department of financial services, shall EXPLANATION--Matter in italics (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD00111-01-5A. 2325 2 1 coordinate activities to identify and provide training to the insti- 2 tutions and individuals described in this section. 3 3. (a) As part of the program, the director may award grants to quali- 4 fied designated agencies to establish local elderly exploitation 5 outreach, education and training programs. Qualified designated agencies 6 shall work collaboratively with such institutions and individuals, and 7 their representative associations. 8 (b) In making such grants, the director shall consider: 9 (1) the manner in which the designated agency proposes to provide such 10 education, outreach and training; 11 (2) the capacity of the designated agency to coordinate its services 12 with banking, human service and law enforcement and public agencies 13 which provide services or assistance to the elderly, including the local 14 department of social services adult protective services unit; and 15 (3) any other criteria determined by the director to be appropriate. 16 4. The program shall, at a minimum, consist of the following elements 17 which shall be provided by the office: 18 (a) educational and informational materials in print, audio, visual, 19 electronic or other media; 20 (b) public service announcements, advertisements, media campaigns, 21 workshops, mass mailings, conferences or presentations; and 22 (c) instructions on how to report known or suspected incidents of 23 financial exploitation of the elderly, including the appropriate tele- 24 phone numbers to call and the types of information that would assist the 25 office with its investigation of such reports. 26 5. The director shall convene an advisory committee made up of at 27 least ten, but no more than twenty members to advise the director and 28 make recommendations on the aspects of developing and implementing the 29 program. Members of the advisory committee shall include, but not be 30 limited to: at least three representatives from statewide senior advoca- 31 cy organizations, at least one attorney whose practice concentrates in 32 elder law or an individual acting on behalf of the elder law section of 33 the New York state bar association, at least one banker or a represen- 34 tative of an association representing bankers, at least one certified 35 public accountant or a representative of an association representing 36 certified public accountants, at least two members representing protec- 37 tive service agencies for adults, and at least two law enforcement 38 representatives. 39 § 3. The state finance law is amended by adding a new section 99-w to 40 read as follows: 41 § 99-w. Financial exploitation, outreach, education and training fund. 42 1. There is hereby established in the joint custody of the comptroller 43 and the superintendent of financial services a special revenue fund to 44 be known as the financial exploitation, outreach, education and training 45 fund. 46 2. The financial exploitation, outreach, education and training fund 47 shall consist of all moneys, appropriated thereto, and all other fees, 48 fines, grants, bequests or other monies credited or transferred thereto 49 from any other fund or source. 50 3. The moneys of the financial exploitation, outreach, education and 51 training fund shall be disbursed by the comptroller to the state office 52 for the aging for the purpose of carrying out the provisions of sections 53 two hundred nineteen and two hundred nineteen-a of the elder law. 54 § 4. This act shall take effect on the ninetieth day after it shall 55 have become a law.