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SB2774 Summary:

Amd 7.23, Ment Hyg L; amd 3006-a, Ed L
Relates to mandatory continuing education for teachers relating to mental health issues.
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SB2774 Text:

                STATE OF NEW YORK
                               2021-2022 Regular Sessions
                    IN SENATE
                                    January 25, 2021
        Introduced  by  Sens.  SEPULVEDA, JACKSON, RIVERA, SALAZAR -- read twice
          and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee
          on Mental Health
        AN ACT to amend the  mental  hygiene  law  and  the  education  law,  in
          relation  to  mandatory  continuing education for teachers relating to
          mental health issues

          The People of the State of New York, represented in Senate and  Assem-
        bly, do enact as follows:
     1    Section 1. Section 7.23 of the mental hygiene law is amended by adding
     2  a new subdivision (d) to read as follows:
     3    (d) The commissioner in consultation with the office of alcoholism and
     4  substance  abuse services, the department of health and with the commis-
     5  sioner of the department of education, shall develop course materials to
     6  be offered as part of the required continuing teacher and leader  educa-
     7  tion  requirements pursuant to paragraph a of subdivision two of section
     8  three thousand six-a of the education law.  Such training shall include,
     9  but not be limited to:
    10    1. continuing education courses;
    11    2. programs and activities related to mental health;
    12    3. eating disorders;
    13    4. behavioral health disorders;
    14    5. best practices for improving the overall learning environment;
    15    6. safe de-escalation of crisis situations;
    16    7. identifying signs and symptoms, including early  stages  of  mental
    17  illness and behavioral health issues; and
    18    8.  the  use  of  evidence  based training programs including, but not
    19  limited to, mental health first aid or core elements of such programs to
    20  the extent practicable.
    21    § 2. Paragraph a of subdivision 2 of section 3006-a of  the  education
    22  law,  as added by section 2 of subpart C of part EE of chapter 56 of the
    23  laws of 2015, is amended to read as follows:

         EXPLANATION--Matter in italics (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                              [ ] is old law to be omitted.

        S. 2774                             2
     1    a. During each five-year registration period  beginning  on  or  after
     2  July  first,  two  thousand sixteen, an applicant for registration shall
     3  successfully complete a minimum  of  one  hundred  hours  of  continuing
     4  teacher  and  leader  education,  as defined by the commissioner.   Such
     5  continuing  teacher  and  leader education shall include, at least twice
     6  during the five-year registration period, but not be limited to continu-
     7  ing  education  courses,  programs  and  activities  related  to  mental
     8  illness, eating disorders and behavioral health disorders as pursuant to
     9  paragraph  d  of  section 7.23 of the mental hygiene law. The department
    10  shall issue rigorous standards for courses, programs, and  activities[,]
    11  that  shall  qualify as continuing teacher and leader education pursuant
    12  to this section. For purposes of this section, a peer review teacher, or
    13  a principal acting as an independent  trained  evaluator,  conducting  a
    14  classroom  observation as part of the teacher evaluation system pursuant
    15  to section three thousand twelve-d of this article may credit such  time
    16  towards  his or her continuing teacher and leader effectiveness require-
    17  ments.
    18    § 3. The commissioner of education is  authorized  to  promulgate  any
    19  rules and regulations necessary to carry out the provisions of this act.
    20    §  4. This act shall take effect on the first of January next succeed-
    21  ing the date on which it shall have become a law.  Effective immediately
    22  the addition, amendment and/or repeal of any rule or  regulation  neces-
    23  sary  for  the  implementation  of  this  act  on its effective date are
    24  authorized to be made and completed on or before such date.
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