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A01369 Summary:

BILL NO    A01369 

SAME AS    No same as 

SPONSOR    Crouch (MS)

COSPNSR    McDonough

MLTSPNSR   Barclay, Clark

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:

BILL NUMBER:A1369

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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