Montesano Stands Up For Expanded Jonathan’s Law

Lawmaker says changes would strengthen oversight of workers caring for disabled
February 22, 2012

Assemblyman Montesano (fifth from left) looks on with his fellow lawmakers while Michael Carey, father of the late Jonathan Carey, pushes for new legislation to enhance Jonathan’s Law.

Assemblyman Michael Montesano (R, I, C – Glen Head) joined his legislative colleagues at a February 15 press conference to press for an expansion of Jonathan’s Law. The bill was created after Jonathan Carey, a 13-year-old with autism, died while under the care of two aides from a state-run facility. It provided parents of developmentally disabled children access to medical records and child-abuse-investigation files. The proposed expansion would eliminate deadlines to request records, cap overtime and ensure proper training for care workers.

“Children are our most precious possession and those with disabilities are especially vulnerable to mistreatment,” said Montesano. “While the original Jonathan’s Law addressed many important issues, the proposed changes can provide greater access for parents to their children’s medical records and ensure that kids with disabilities receive care and oversight from the properly trained professionals they deserve.”