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A09634 Summary:

BILL NOA09634
 
SAME ASSAME AS UNI. S07598
 
SPONSORSantabarbara
 
COSPNSR
 
MLTSPNSR
 
Add 13.43, Ment Hyg L; add 3054, Pub Health L; amd 156 & 840, add 214-f, Exec L
 
Relates to establishing a training program for first responders for handling emergency situations involving individuals with autism spectrum disorder and other developmental disabilities.
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A09634 Memo:

NEW YORK STATE ASSEMBLY
MEMORANDUM IN SUPPORT OF LEGISLATION
submitted in accordance with Assembly Rule III, Sec 1(f)
 
BILL NUMBER: A9634
 
SPONSOR: Santabarbara
  TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the mental hygiene law, the public health law and the executive law, in relation to establishing a training program for first responders for handling emergency situations involving individuals with autism spectrum disorder and other developmental disa- bilities   PURPOSE: Authorizes the Commissioner of developmental disabilities (OPWDD) and other appropriate agency representatives to develop a training program to provide instruction and information to first responders and response techniques for handling emergency situations involving individuals with Autism Spectrum and related disorders.   SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS: Section 1: The commissioner, in consultation with the commissioner of health, The office of fire prevention and control, the municipal police training council, and the superintendent of state police, shall develop a training program and associated training materials, to provide instruction and information to firefighters, police officers and emer- gency medical services personnel on appropriate recognition and response techniques for handling emergency situations involving individuals with autism spectrum disorder and other developmental disabilities. Such training program may be developed as an online program. Section 2: In coordination with the commissioner of developmental disa- bilities, the commissioner shall provide the training program relating to handling emergency situations involving individuals with autism spec- trum disorder and other developmental disabilities and associated train- ing materials to all emergency medical services personnel including, but not limited to, first responders, emergency medical technicians, advanced emergency medical technicians and emergency vehicle operators. Section 3: In coordination with the commissioner of developmental disa- bilities, the commissioner shall provide the training program relating to handling emergency situations involving individuals with autism spec- trum disorder and other developmental disabilities and associated train- ing materials to all firefighters, both paid and volunteer. The office shall adopt all necessary rules and regulations relating to such train- ing, including the process by which training hours are allocated to counties as well as a uniform procedure for requesting and providing additional training hours. Section 4: The superintendent shall, for all members of the state police: develop, maintain and disseminate, in consultation with the commissioner of developmental disabilities, written policies and proce- dures, regarding the handling of emergency situations involving individ- uals with autism spectrum disorder and other developmental disabilities. Such policies and procedures shall make provisions for the education and training of new and veteran police officers on the handling of emergency situations Involving individuals with developmental disabilities; and recommend to the governor, rules and regulations with respect to estab- lishment and implementation on an ongoing basis of a training program for all current and new police officers regarding the policies and procedures established pursuant to this subdivision, along with recom- mendations for periodic retraining of police officers. Section 5: Effective Date   JUSTIFICATION: It is essential that our first responders have the proper training when emergency situations arise involving those in our community with an Autism Spectrum or related disorder. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about 1 in 68 children are born with autism each year in the United States and more than 3.5 million Americans are living with an autism spectrum disorder. The prevalence is even higher in boys where 1 in 47 has been diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). As more children, teens, and adults are impacted by ASD, police and other first responders could have more interactions. Individuals with autism often struggle to communicate, making eye contact, responding to questions, even if it's asking for their name, especially during certain stressful situations. Autism is a spectrum disorder, meaning it can affect people in a great variety of ways, each person with different symptoms and challenges. A person's diagnosis could include trouble following directions and an aversion to physical contact or shared space. Those challenges often become greater for teens as they become adults. Parents and first responders agree that safety is a big concern for those living with ASD. This bill can give officers and first responders the tools and the know- ledge they need to appropriately respond to emergency situations involv- ing those with Autism Spectrum and related disorders. The training provided in this bill will also be a valuable resource in bringing attention to areas that need specialized training so officers can be prepared to provide a level of service to the public that they not only expect, but also deserve.   LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: New legislation   FISCAL IMPLICATIONS:   EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect on the one hundred eightieth day
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A09634 Text:



 
                STATE OF NEW YORK
        ________________________________________________________________________
 
            S. 7598                                                  A. 9634
 
                SENATE - ASSEMBLY
 
                                    January 29, 2018
                                       ___________
 
        IN SENATE -- Introduced by Sen. AMEDORE -- read twice and ordered print-
          ed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Mental Health
          and Developmental Disabilities
 
        IN  ASSEMBLY  --  Introduced  by  M. of A. SANTABARBARA -- read once and
          referred to the Committee on Governmental Operations
 
        AN ACT to amend the mental hygiene law, the public health  law  and  the
          executive  law,  in  relation  to  establishing a training program for
          first responders for handling emergency situations involving  individ-
          uals  with  autism spectrum disorder and other developmental disabili-
          ties
 
          The People of the State of New York, represented in Senate and  Assem-
        bly, do enact as follows:
 
     1    Section  1.  The mental hygiene law is amended by adding a new section
     2  13.43 to read as follows:
     3  § 13.43 First responder training.
     4    (a) The commissioner, in consultation with the commissioner of health,
     5  the office of fire prevention and control, the municipal police training
     6  council, and the superintendent of state police, shall develop a  train-
     7  ing  program  and  associated training materials, to provide instruction
     8  and information to firefighters, police officers and  emergency  medical
     9  services  personnel  on  appropriate recognition and response techniques
    10  for handling emergency  situations  involving  individuals  with  autism
    11  spectrum  disorder  and  other  developmental disabilities. The training
    12  program and associated training materials shall include any other infor-
    13  mation deemed necessary and appropriate by the commissioner.
    14    (b) Such training shall address appropriate  response  techniques  for
    15  dealing  with  both  adults and minors with autism spectrum disorder and
    16  other developmental disabilities.
    17    (c) Such training program may be developed as an online program.
    18    § 2. The public health law is amended by adding a new section 3054  to
    19  read as follows:
    20    §  3054.  Emergency situations involving individuals with autism spec-
    21  trum disorder and other developmental disabilities. In coordination with
    22  the commissioner of developmental disabilities, the  commissioner  shall
    23  provide  the  training program relating to handling emergency situations
    24  involving individuals with autism spectrum disorder and  other  develop-
 
         EXPLANATION--Matter in italics (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                              [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                                   LBD14279-01-8

        S. 7598                             2                            A. 9634
 
     1  mental  disabilities  and  associated  training  materials  pursuant  to
     2  section 13.43 of  the  mental  hygiene  law  to  all  emergency  medical
     3  services  personnel  including,  but  not  limited to, first responders,
     4  emergency  medical  technicians,  advanced emergency medical technicians
     5  and emergency vehicle operators.
     6    § 3. Section 156 of the executive law  is  amended  by  adding  a  new
     7  subdivision 22 to read as follows:
     8    22.  In  coordination with the commissioner of developmental disabili-
     9  ties, provide the training program relating to handling emergency  situ-
    10  ations  involving  individuals  with  autism spectrum disorder and other
    11  developmental disabilities and associated training materials pursuant to
    12  section 13.43 of the mental hygiene law to all firefighters,  both  paid
    13  and  volunteer.    The  office shall adopt all necessary rules and regu-
    14  lations relating to such training, including the process by which train-
    15  ing hours are allocated to counties as well as a uniform  procedure  for
    16  requesting and providing additional training hours.
    17    §  4.  Section  840  of  the  executive law is amended by adding a new
    18  subdivision 5 to read as follows:
    19    5. The council shall, in addition:
    20    (a) Develop,  maintain  and  disseminate,  in  consultation  with  the
    21  commissioner  of developmental disabilities, written policies and proce-
    22  dures consistent with section 13.43 of the mental hygiene law, regarding
    23  the handling of emergency situations involving individuals  with  autism
    24  spectrum  disorder  and other developmental disabilities.  Such policies
    25  and procedures shall make provisions for the education and  training  of
    26  new  and veteran police officers on the handling of emergency situations
    27  involving individuals with autism spectrum disorder and  other  develop-
    28  mental disabilities; and
    29    (b)  Recommend  to the governor, rules and regulations with respect to
    30  the establishment and implementation on an ongoing basis of  a  training
    31  program  for  all current and new police officers regarding the policies
    32  and procedures established pursuant  to  this  subdivision,  along  with
    33  recommendations for periodic retraining of police officers.
    34    §  5.  The  executive  law is amended by adding a new section 214-f to
    35  read as follows:
    36    § 214-f. Emergency situations involving people  with  autism  spectrum
    37  disorder and other developmental disabilities. The superintendent shall,
    38  for all members of the state police:
    39    1. Develop, maintain and disseminate, in consultation with the commis-
    40  sioner  of  developmental  disabilities, written policies and procedures
    41  consistent with section 13.43 of the mental hygiene law,  regarding  the
    42  handling of emergency situations involving individuals with autism spec-
    43  trum  disorder  and other developmental disabilities.  Such policies and
    44  procedures shall make provisions for the education and training  of  new
    45  and  veteran  police  officers  on  the handling of emergency situations
    46  involving individuals with developmental disabilities; and
    47    2. Recommend to the governor, rules and regulations  with  respect  to
    48  establishment  and  implementation  on  an  ongoing  basis of a training
    49  program for all current and new police officers regarding  the  policies
    50  and  procedures  established  pursuant  to  this subdivision, along with
    51  recommendations for periodic retraining of police officers.
    52    § 6. This act shall take effect on the one hundred eightieth day after
    53  it shall have become a law; provided, however, that the commissioner  of
    54  developmental  disabilities  may  promulgate  any  rules and regulations
    55  necessary for the implementation of this act on or before such effective
    56  date.
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