Assemblyman Ortiz’s Legislative Package Passes Assembly
A package of legislation aimed to protect those with developmental disabilities passes the Assembly today with overwhelming support.
June 21, 2011
(Albany, NY) –New York State Assemblyman Felix W. Ortiz, Chair of the Assembly Mental Health Committee, is pleased to announce the passage of a package of bills aimed to protect those with developmental disabilities in New York State. The comprehensive package tackles many of the concerns and issues raised during the four public hearings that took place earlier this month:
- A.8127-A (Ortiz) – limits the amount of hours a direct care employee can work in a seven day work week;
- A.8322 (Schroeder) - reinforces that the DDSO ombudsman be an independent advocate by making them an employee of the Commission on Quality of Care and Advocacy for Persons with Disabilities. Currently, the ombudsman is an employee of OPWDD;
- A.8323 (Bing) – ensures that employees of developmental disability facilities receive adequate training regarding patient safety;
- A.8324 (Ortiz) - ensures that abuse and neglect investigations involving an employee continue whether or not the employee resigns prior to the completion of the investigation;
- A.8325 (Ortiz) - mandates immediate reporting of violent crimes to law enforcement (within 24 hours);
- A8330 (Weisenberg) – requires OPWDD to supply certain information to providers when a criminal background check is requested of a prospective employee or volunteer in an effort to end the practice of hiring someone who has previously worked in a OPWDD facility and has a history of abuse and neglect of individuals with developmental disabilities.