A06835 Summary:

BILL NO    A06835 


SPONSOR    Galef (MS)

COSPNSR    Arroyo, Clark, Simon


Establishes a temporary commission on child abuse prevention.
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A06835 Actions:

BILL NO    A06835 

04/06/2015 referred to governmental operations
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A06835 Votes:

There are no votes for this bill in this legislative session.
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A06835 Memo:


TITLE OF BILL:  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


The purpose of this legislation is to establish a temporary commission
of child abuse prevention.



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
incarceration, 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-being. 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
beneficial 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

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.


A. 9038 and S. 2095-A of 2013/2014
A. 2163 of 2011/2012
A. 7518 of 2009/2010


The fiscal implications associated with this passes of this
legislation has not yet been determined.


This act shall take effect immediately and shall expire and be deemed
repealed two years after such effective date.
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A06835 Text:

                           S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K


                              2015-2016 Regular Sessions

                                 I N  A S S E M B L Y

                                     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


    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    S  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.
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    1  include home visitation programs and screening for families at  risk  of
    2  child maltreatment.
    3    S 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    S 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    S  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    S  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    S 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    S 8. This act shall take effect immediately and shall  expire  and  be
   30  deemed repealed two years after such effective date.
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