BILL NO A01059
SAME AS S03623
COSPNSR Dinowitz, Schimel, Benedetto, Markey, Jaffee, Weprin, Simanowitz,
Englebright, Thiele, Kearns, Montesano, Raia, McDonough, Wozniak,
Barrett, Linares, Fahy
MLTSPNSR Arroyo, Braunstein, Galef, McDonald, Tenney
Amd S13.25, Ment Hyg L
Requires video cameras to be placed on the entrances/exits of all facilities
run by the office for people with developmental disabilities.
BILL NO A01059
01/08/2015 referred to health
02/18/2015 reference changed to mental health
04/28/2015 reported referred to codes
01/06/2016 referred to mental health
01/26/2016 reported referred to codes
NEW YORK STATE ASSEMBLY MEMORANDUM IN SUPPORT OF LEGISLATION submitted in accordance with Assembly Rule III, Sec 1(f)
BILL NUMBER: A1059
SPONSOR: Gunther (MS)
TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the mental hygiene law, in relation to
requiring video cameras in facilities operated by the office for people
with developmental disabilities
PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL: To allow the Office for People with
Developmental Disabilities to place video cameras on the entrance and
exit of all facilities.
SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS: Section 1 Amends the mental hygiene
law to provide that, the Office for People with Developmental Disabili-
ties, including group homes, residential homes, inpatient facilities,
and all other facilities to install video cameras at all entrances and
exits; to ensure safety, the Commissioner, in consultation with the
State Police, shall develop a system for maintaining such recorded
Section 2 This act shall take effect immediately.
JUSTIFICATION: This act shall informally be known as "Paula's Law" for
Paula Liblick a 61yo OPWDD resident in a group home in the Hudson
Valley. Ms. Liblick was assaulted and raped by an intruder to the home,
but since no mechanism existed to catalogue visitors to the home, no
suspects were identified except for the 2 long term staff at the home.
Also, recently the New York Times ran a series of stories entitled "At
State Run Homes, Abuse and Impunity" which highlighted many of the prob-
lems in the state run homes, facilities and programs.
We have cameras recording information on visitors to many public build-
ings and institutions in an effort to protect the denizens and property
at these sites. So, certainly, the residents and participants of the
state run OPWDD programs, who are society's most vulnerable, deserve to
be protected in the same manner.
PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: 2013-14: A1715A reported to Codes/S2000A
reported to Finance 2011-12: A7128 referred to Mental Health/S4817
reported to Finance
FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: To be determined.
EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect on the one hundred eight-
ieth day after it shall have become law.
STATE OF NEW YORK
2015-2016 Regular Sessions
January 8, 2015
Introduced by M. of A. GUNTHER, DINOWITZ, SCHIMEL, BENEDETTO, MARKEY,
JAFFEE, ROBERTS, WEPRIN, SIMANOWITZ, ENGLEBRIGHT, THIELE, KEARNS,
MONTESANO, RAIA, McDONOUGH -- Multi-Sponsored by -- M. of A. ARROYO,
BRAUNSTEIN, GALEF, TENNEY -- read once and referred to the Committee
AN ACT to amend the mental hygiene law, in relation to requiring video
cameras in facilities operated by the office for people with develop-
The People of the State of New York, represented in Senate and Assem-bly, do enact as follows:
1 Section 1. Section 13.25 of the mental hygiene law is amended by
2 adding a new subdivision (c) to read as follows:
3 (c) Facilities operated by the office, including group homes, residen-
4 tial homes, inpatient facilities and all other facilities under this
5 title shall install video cameras at all entrances and exits. The
6 commissioner, in consultation with the state police, shall develop a
7 system for maintaining such recorded images.
8 § 2. This act shall take effect on the one hundred eightieth day
9 after it shall have become a law.
EXPLANATION--Matter in italics (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
 is old law to be omitted.