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A01369 Summary:

BILL NOA01369
 
SAME ASNo Same As
 
SPONSORCrouch
 
COSPNSRMcDonough
 
MLTSPNSRBarclay
 
Amd S625, Exec L
 
Requires counseling for minor victims of a sex offense and the parent or guardian of such victims.
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A01369 Memo:

NEW YORK STATE ASSEMBLY
MEMORANDUM IN SUPPORT OF LEGISLATION
submitted in accordance with Assembly Rule III, Sec 1(f)
 
BILL NUMBER: A1369
 
SPONSOR: Crouch (MS)
  TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the executive law, in relation to mandatory counseling for minor victims of a sex offense and the parent or guardian of such victims   PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL: This bill would require counseling for minor victims of a sex offense and the parent or guardian of such victims.   SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS: Section 1. Section 625 of the executive law is amended by adding a new subdivision 2-a to read as follows: 2-a. Notwithstanding any inconsistent provision of this article, and without regard to the financial difficulty of the claimant, a victim of a sex offense, as such sex offense is defined in article one hundred thirty of the penal law, and the parent or guardian of such victim if such victim is a minor, shall obtain counseling from a psychiatrist or licensed psychologist prior to filing a claim for receipt of an award pursuant to this article. A letter issued from such victim's treating psychiatrist or licensed psychologist shall be filed along with such victim's claim.   JUSTIFICATION: Too often victims of sexual molestation or assault do not seek or receive counseling after an abuse has occurred. Sometimes a parent may not follow through with appropriate counseling for the child feeling that everything is better if it is forgotten. The child may suffer behavioral issues later in life as a result. It should be incumbent on the parent to ensure that appropriate counseling is received to a minor until it is properly treated by a licensed psychiatrist or psychologist. Otherwise if such an issue goes unaddressed, the victim and parent may suffer a series of other related problems.   PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: New bill.   FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: To be determined.   EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect on the ninetieth day after it shall have become a law.
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