|SAME AS||SAME AS S00824|
|COSPNSR||Arroyo, Simon, Cahill, Stirpe|
|Establishes a temporary commission on child abuse prevention.|
|04/06/2015||referred to governmental operations|
|01/06/2016||referred to governmental operations|
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NEW YORK STATE ASSEMBLY
MEMORANDUM IN SUPPORT OF LEGISLATION
submitted in accordance with Assembly Rule III, Sec 1(f)
BILL NUMBER: A6835 SPONSOR: Galef (MS)
TITLE OF BILL: An act to establish a temporary state commission to study child abuse prevention and make recommendations for the implemen- tation of child abuse prevention programs across the state; and provid- ing for the repeal of such provisions upon expiration thereof   PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL: The purpose of this legislation is to establish a temporary commission of child abuse prevention.   SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS:   JUSTIFICATION: Approximately 1,300 children die each year in this country as a result of child abuse and neglect, and many others receive serious injuries. In New York State, approximately 80,000 children are found to be maltreated each year. Child abuse and neglect has been rising across the State and more resources are expended to treat the consequences including incarcera- tion, court costs, foster care and more. A study by Prevent Child Abuse New York estimated these costs to be approximately 42.4 billion each year; while the amount spent on primary prevention is less than 30 million. Tragic cases of child abuse are reported in the press on a regular basis and while these reports focus on the most horrific cases, most cases of child abuse are preventable. These cases range from severe neglect to the explosive shaking of a crying baby. Research has demonstrated that programs focusing on education and training of future and new parents are the most practical and cost-effective means for preventing child abuse and neglect. Effective prevention programs that promote the safety and well-being of children and families can reduce the suffering of children, assist parents in developing better parenting skills and reduce the economic costs to society. The total financial costs of child abuse and neglect are quite high, but the benefits or savings from investing in prevention programs also are quite high. Many prevention programs address not only child abuse prevention but other aspects of family dynamics that threaten child and family well-be- ing. These include preventable health conditions such as low birth weight, infant mortality, drug addicted babies and more. These programs often provide referrals, education, expertise, and most importantly stability for at-risk families. While a number of these prevention programs have proven to be both bene- ficial and cost effective, they are currently only offered to a small number of families at risk of abuse and neglect. For examples, home visitation is only available to about 10%-14% of eligible families. By studying the availability of successful prevention programs, and the best way to expand their services to more families at risk, we can save numerous children from having to endure abuse and neglect while saving the state considerable fiscal resources.   PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: A. 9038 and S. 2095-A of 2013/2014 A. 2163 of 2011/2012 A. 7518 of 2009/2010   FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: The fiscal implications associated with this passes of this legislation has not yet been determined.   EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect immediately and shall expire and be deemed repealed two years after such effective date.
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STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 6835 2015-2016 Regular Sessions IN ASSEMBLY April 6, 2015 ___________ Introduced by M. of A. GALEF, SCARBOROUGH -- read once and referred to the Committee on Governmental Operations AN ACT to establish a temporary state commission to study child abuse prevention and make recommendations for the implementation of child abuse prevention programs across the state; and providing for the repeal of such provisions upon expiration thereof The People of the State of New York, represented in Senate and Assem- bly, do enact as follows: 1 Section 1. Legislative findings. The legislature hereby acknowledges 2 that child abuse is a continuing societal problem in the state affecting 3 at least 80,000 children each year. In recent years, there has been 4 research on the long-term effects of child abuse on the individual as 5 well as society. The vast majority of research has demonstrated that the 6 consequences of child abuse are grave, damaging and often spill over 7 into a person's adult life. Adverse effects have been identified in 8 maltreated children's physical, cognitive, emotional and social develop- 9 ment. 10 Furthermore, the legislature finds that the failure to address child 11 abuse through preventive measures not only harms a million children each 12 year in this country, it imposes a tremendous cost to society. Like most 13 states, New York spends a considerable amount of fiscal and human 14 resources to treat the numerous consequences of child abuse and 15 maltreatment. The failure to invest in prevention results in a signif- 16 icantly greater amount of resources needed to treat the outcomes. 17 § 2. A temporary state commission, to be known as the "commission of 18 child abuse prevention", is hereby established to examine, evaluate and 19 make recommendations concerning child abuse prevention efforts in the 20 state. The commission shall consider the need for additional legislation 21 as well as a stable source of funding for child abuse prevention 22 programs. Specific issues to be addressed by the commission shall EXPLANATION--Matter in italics (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD02258-01-5A. 6835 2 1 include home visitation programs and screening for families at risk of 2 child maltreatment. 3 § 3. The commission shall consist of thirteen members, to be appointed 4 as follows: three members to be appointed by the governor; three members 5 to be appointed by the temporary president of the senate; three members 6 to be appointed by the speaker of the assembly; two members to be 7 appointed by the minority leader of the senate; and two members to be 8 appointed by the minority leader of the assembly. The members shall have 9 demonstrated expertise in and experience with the field of child abuse 10 prevention. A chairperson and vice-chairperson of such commission shall 11 be elected by the majority of its members, all members being present. 12 § 4. The members of the commission shall receive no compensation for 13 their services, but shall be allowed their actual and necessary expenses 14 incurred in the performance of their duties hereunder. 15 § 5. The commission may employ and at pleasure remove such personnel 16 as it may deem necessary for the performance of its functions. Such 17 commission may meet and hold public and/or private hearings within or 18 without the state, and shall have all the powers of a legislative 19 committee pursuant to the legislative law. 20 § 6. For the accomplishment of its purposes, the commission shall be 21 authorized and empowered to undertake any studies, inquiries, surveys or 22 analyses it may deem relevant in cooperation with or by agreement with 23 any other public or private agency. 24 § 7. The commission shall make a report of its findings, including any 25 recommendations for legislative action as it may deem necessary and 26 appropriate, to the governor, the temporary president of the senate and 27 the speaker of the assembly no later than one year after the effective 28 date of this act. 29 § 8. This act shall take effect immediately and shall expire and be 30 deemed repealed two years after such effective date.