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K00750 Summary:

MLTSPNSRAbbate, Angelino, Aubry, Barrett, Braunstein, Buttenschon, Byrne, Clark, Colton, Cruz, Darling, Davila, DeStefano, Dickens, Englebright, Epstein, Fernandez, Fitzpatrick, Galef, Giglio JA, Glick, Gonzalez-Rojas, Griffin, Gunther, Hawley, Jean-Pierre, Jones, Joyner, Lavine, Lunsford, Lupardo, Manktelow, McDonald, McDonough, Mikulin, Miller B, Morinello, O'Donnell, Palmesano, Pretlow, Ramos, Rosenthal L, Salka, Santabarbara, Sayegh, Seawright, Sillitti, Simon, Smith, Solages, Stirpe, Tague, Taylor, Thiele, Walsh, Weinstein
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K00750 Text:

Assembly Resolution No. 750
BY: M. of A. Magnarelli
        MEMORIALIZING  Governor  Kathy  Hochul to proclaim
        April 17-23, 2022,  as  Abusive  Head  Trauma/Shaken
        Baby  Syndrome  Awareness  Week  in the State of New
  WHEREAS,  The  most  recent  statistics  compiled  by  the   federal
government  estimate  that  618,000  children  were victims of abuse and
neglect in the United States in 2020, of whom 46.7  percent  were  under
three years of age; and
  WHEREAS,  That statistic includes 59,126 children in New York State,
of whom 13,021 (22 percent) were under three years of age; and
  WHEREAS, On an average day in  the  United  States,  at  least  five
children  will  die  as a consequence of abuse or neglect by a parent or
other person entrusted with their care; and
  WHEREAS, Children younger than one year of age accounted  for  23.03
percent  of all child abuse and neglect fatalities in 2020, and children
four years of age or younger accounted for 38.63 percent  of  all  child
abuse and neglect fatalities in 2020; and
  WHEREAS,  The  leading  cause  of death of abused children under age
five is Abusive Head Trauma, including  the  inflicted  trauma  commonly
known as Shaken Baby Syndrome; and
  WHEREAS, On average 1,200 to 1,400 children in the United States are
diagnosed  with  AHT/SBS  every  year,  and medical experts believe many
additional cases are likely misdiagnosed or undetected; and
  WHEREAS, Shaken Baby Syndrome and other inflicted head trauma occurs
when a caregiver loses control and shakes a baby or  young  child,  most
frequently  less  than  one year of age but in some cases as old as five
years of age, resulting in loss  of  vision,  brain  damage,  paralysis,
seizures, or death; and
  WHEREAS,  Shaken  Baby  Syndrome often causes permanent, irreparable
brain damage or death  to  an  infant,  and  may  result  in  more  than
$1,000,000  in medical and rehabilitation costs for the care of a single
disabled child during the first years of life; and
  WHEREAS, A growing body of medical evidence indicates that even mild
trauma to the brain caused  by  AHT/SBS  is  likely  to  cause  learning
disabilities   in  children  and  substantially  increase  the  risk  of
substance abuse; and
  WHEREAS, The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimated in
2011 that the average cost of child maltreatment is  $210,012  over  the
course  of  a  victim's  lifetime, including the costs of child welfare,
special education, criminal justice  expenses,  medical  care  and  lost
productivity as an adult; and
  WHEREAS, It is estimated that the taxpayers of the State of New York
may,  through  the  State Medicaid program, pay as much as 41 percent of
the medical and rehabilitation costs of inflicted head injuries; and
  WHEREAS,  Recent estimates using CDC data estimate child abuse costs
our nation more than $428 billion a year,  and  the  estimated  cost  of
child abuse in New York State would exceed $44 billion a year; and
  WHEREAS,  The  most  effective  way  to  end AHT/SBS is by educating
parents  and  caregivers  about  the  danger  of  shaking  children  and
providing  the skills needed to cope with frustration and anger, and the
minimal  costs  of  educational  and  preventative  programs  may  avert
enormous  medical  and  disability  costs  and  untold  grief  for  many
families; and
  WHEREAS, Evidence-based education and awareness  programs,  such  as
the  nationally recognized New York SBS Prevention Project, developed by
Dr. Mark Dias with the support of the NYS Children  and  Families  Trust
Fund,  and  implemented  in  collaboration with Kalieda Health Women and
Children's Hospital of Buffalo and the Maria Fareri Children's  Hospital
of  Westchester,  are  shown  to  raise awareness and provide critically
important information about SBS to parents, caregivers, daycare workers,
and health care professionals; and
  WHEREAS, The NYS Office of Children  and  Family  Services  used  to
support  the  work  of  hospital-based  education  programs  through the
efforts of the Safe Babies New York program, helping hospitals  bringing
this  and  other important safety information to the families of 160,000
babies born in New York State until 2018; and
  WHEREAS, In the absence of the  Safe  Babies  coordination  services
that  were  once  funded  by OCFS, hospitals must now rely on individual
educators to deliver the "Never Shake a Baby" message to the new parents
of the nearly 200,000 newborn children that will be  born  in  New  York
State this year; and
  WHEREAS,  Home visiting programs, such as Healthy Families New York,
the Nurse Family Partnership, and other programs for  new  parents  show
great promise for preventing maltreatment; and
  WHEREAS,  These  prevention efforts are supported by national groups
such as the American Academy of Pediatrics, Prevent Child Abuse  America
and the National Center for Shaken Baby Syndrome, as well as individuals
and  organizations  in  New  York State, such as Prevent Child Abuse New
York, the Cynthia Gibbs Foundation, and the SKIPPER Initiative, who work
to educate new parents and  caregivers,  increase  awareness  among  the
general  public  and  professionals, and encourage increased support for
victims and their families in  the  health  care  and  criminal  justice
systems; and
  WHEREAS,  The  New York State Legislature has enacted legislation to
help increase awareness of AHT/SBS by requiring  that:  hospitals  offer
written  information  about  Shaken Baby Syndrome (2001); new child care
providers be educated about the causes, consequences and  prevention  of
SBS  before  they are licensed to care for children (2003); hospitals to
offer new parents the opportunity to watch a  video  about  the  causes,
consequences  and  prevention of SBS so that they can help protect their
child from shaking injuries (2004); the Health Department  coordinate  a
statewide  campaign to educate the public about the causes, consequences
and prevention  of  SBS  (2006);  the  Education  Department  provide  a
curriculum  on  SBS  to  schools  so  that students, who not only may be
parents  someday, but who may be babysitting for young children now, are
educated about the importance of coping skills (2006); and
  WHEREAS, This Legislative Body wishes to  commend  those  advocates,
organizations  and agencies of State, county and local governments which
work continuously and tirelessly to educate parents and caregivers about
the causes, consequences and  prevention  of  SBS  and  other  inflicted
injuries; and
  WHEREAS,  This Legislative Body particularly wishes to recognize the
nurse educators who provide education  to  new  parents  at  New  York's
maternity  hospitals  so  that  every  new parent has the opportunity to
learn how they can help protect their child from shaking injuries;  now,
therefore, be it
  RESOLVED,  That  this Legislative Body pause in its deliberations to
memorialize Governor Kathy Hochul to  proclaim  April  17-23,  2022,  as
Abusive  Head Trauma/Shaken Baby Syndrome Awareness Week in the State of
New York; and be it further
  RESOLVED, That a copy of this  Resolution,  suitably  engrossed,  be
transmitted  to The Honorable Kathy Hochul, Governor of the State of New
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