S03962 Summary:

Add 2805-z, Pub Health L
Requires hospitals to establish policies and procedures regarding domestic violence; establishes ongoing training programs on domestic violence for all current and new hospital employees; designates a hospital staff member to coordinate services to victims; provides for the interaction of hospitals with community domestic violence service providers in order to coordinate services to victims of domestic violence; requires hospitals to offer to contact a local advocate when admitting or treating a confirmed or suspected victim of domestic violence.
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S03962 Actions:

03/04/2019PRINT NUMBER 3962A
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S03962 Committee Votes:

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S03962 Floor Votes:

There are no votes for this bill in this legislative session.
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S03962 Text:

                STATE OF NEW YORK
                               2019-2020 Regular Sessions
                    IN SENATE
                                    February 21, 2019
        Introduced  by  Sen. SALAZAR -- read twice and ordered printed, and when
          printed to be committed  to  the  Committee  on  Health  --  committee
          discharged, bill amended, ordered reprinted as amended and recommitted
          to said committee
        AN  ACT to amend the public health law, in relation to hospital domestic
          violence policies and procedures

          The People of the State of New York, represented in Senate and  Assem-
        bly, do enact as follows:
     1    Section  1.  The  public health law is amended by adding a new section
     2  2805-z to read as follows:
     3    § 2805-z. Hospital domestic  violence  policies  and  procedures.   1.
     4  Every  general  hospital  shall:  (a)  develop, maintain and disseminate
     5  written policies and  procedures  for  the  identification,  assessment,
     6  treatment  and  referral  of  confirmed  or  suspected cases of domestic
     7  violence; (b) establish, and implement on an ongoing basis,  a  training
     8  program  for  all  current  and new employees regarding the policies and
     9  procedures established pursuant to this section; (c) designate  a  staff
    10  member  to  coordinate services to victims of domestic violence; and (d)
    11  contact the domestic violence or victim assistance organization  provid-
    12  ing  victim assistance to the geographic area served by such hospital to
    13  establish the coordination of services to domestic violence victims.
    14    2. Upon admittance or commencement of  treatment  of  a  confirmed  or
    15  suspected  domestic  violence  victim,  such  hospital  shall advise the
    16  victim of the availability of the services of  a  domestic  violence  or
    17  victim  assistance  organization.  If  after  receiving  such advice the
    18  domestic violence victim wishes the presence of a domestic  violence  or
    19  victim  assistance advocate, such hospital shall contact the appropriate
    20  organization and request that one be provided.
    21    3. The commissioner shall promulgate such rules and regulations as may
    22  be necessary and proper to carry out effectively the provisions of  this
    23  section.   Prior to promulgating such rules and regulations, the commis-
         EXPLANATION--Matter in italics (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                              [ ] is old law to be omitted.

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     1  sioner shall consult with the office  for  the  prevention  of  domestic
     2  violence  and  other such persons as the commissioner deems necessary to
     3  develop a model policy for hospitals to utilize in complying  with  this
     4  section.
     5    §  2. This act shall take effect on the first of January next succeed-
     6  ing the date on which it shall have become a law. Effective immediately,
     7  the addition, amendment and/or repeal of any rules or regulations neces-
     8  sary for the implementation of the foregoing section of this act on  its
     9  effective date are authorized to be made and completed on or before such
    10  effective date.
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