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A07332 Summary:

BILL NOA07332A
 
SAME ASSAME AS S06227
 
SPONSORHevesi
 
COSPNSRMeeks
 
MLTSPNSR
 
Amd §§20-a, 153-k, 421, 423 & 426, Soc Serv L
 
Establishes standards for caseloads for child protective services workers; requires the state to pay for one hundred percent of the costs associated with compliance of such caseload standard; makes related provisions.
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A07332 Actions:

BILL NOA07332A
 
05/05/2021referred to children and families
05/18/2021amend and recommit to children and families
05/18/2021print number 7332a
05/25/2021reported referred to ways and means
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A07332 Memo:

NEW YORK STATE ASSEMBLY
MEMORANDUM IN SUPPORT OF LEGISLATION
submitted in accordance with Assembly Rule III, Sec 1(f)
 
BILL NUMBER: A7332A
 
SPONSOR: Hevesi
  TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the social services law, in relation to caseload stand- ards for child protective services workers   SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS: Section one of this bill amends section 20-a of the Social Services Law to provide that such section will not apply to any regulations estab- lishing caseload standards promulgated pursuant to section 421(c) of the Social Services Law. Section two of this bill amends 153-k of the social services law to require the state to pay for 100% of costs associated with compliance of this provision, however, counties must maintain last year's level of CPS funding. Section three of this bill amends section 421 of the Social Services Law by adding a new paragraph (c) to create caseload standards for child protective services, which, to the extent possible, shall be no more than two initial investigations per week, per full-time child protective services worker. Section four of this bill amends paragraph (c) of subdivision 1 of section 423 of the Social Services Law to provide that the sufficient staff requirement for child protective services offices will be subject to section (c) of section 421 of the Social Services Law, as amended by section 2 of this bill. Section five of this bill amends 426 of the social services law to increase various annual reporting requirements. Section five of this bill provides that this act shall take effect on the seven hundred thirtieth day after it shall have become a law.   JUSTIFICATION: It has been shown that smaller caseloads are important to the success of child protective services. New York City's Administration for Children's Services has taken this approach and has substantially lowered their caseload ratios to the benefit of the children. This proposal builds upon a 2006 Office of Children and Family Services study, which was required pursuant to Chapter 53 of the Laws of 2006, on Child Protective Services caseloads.   PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: 2021: A.7332; 2020: A.7581-A (Jaffee), 2019: A.7581 (Jaffee); S5809A (2019-2020)   FISCAL IMPLICATIONS FOR STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENTS: $18 million to the state.   EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect on the seven hundred thirtieth day after it shall have become a law.
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