Bill Text: NY A01436 | 2019-2020 | General Assembly | Amended


Bill Title: Relates to reporting of youth placed in foster care settings and recruitment of foster parents; requires information including the total number of youth placed in foster care, the reasons why such youth were placed and the efforts the state has taken to recruit and retain foster parents.

Spectrum: Partisan Bill (Democrat 66-0)

Status: (Introduced) 2020-03-06 - print number 1436c [A01436 Detail]

Download: New_York-2019-A01436-Amended.html



                STATE OF NEW YORK
        ________________________________________________________________________

                                         1436--C

                               2019-2020 Regular Sessions

                   IN ASSEMBLY

                                    January 15, 2019
                                       ___________

        Introduced  by  M.  of  A.  EPSTEIN,  L. ROSENTHAL, DE LA ROSA, SIMOTAS,
          TAYLOR, GOTTFRIED, ENGLEBRIGHT, ARROYO, AUBRY, DICKENS, WEPRIN,  CRUZ,
          MOSLEY,  CRESPO, D'URSO, ORTIZ, ABBATE, HYNDMAN, BLAKE, RIVERA, ROZIC,
          STERN, COOK, KIM, CYMBROWITZ, D. ROSENTHAL,  FALL,  SEAWRIGHT,  REYES,
          RODRIGUEZ,   GLICK,  FRONTUS,  QUART,  JEAN-PIERRE,  GRIFFIN,  HUNTER,
          FERNANDEZ, RAMOS, RICHARDSON, OTIS, LIFTON, DINOWITZ, CARROLL, ABINAN-
          TI, BARRON, O'DONNELL, SIMON, FAHY, WRIGHT, STECK, VANEL,  M. G. MILL-
          ER,  NIOU,  SAYEGH,  MAGNARELLI,  PICHARDO, DARLING, WALKER, WILLIAMS,
          PERRY, BUCHWALD, PAULIN -- Multi-Sponsored by -- M. of  A.  DenDEKKER,
          LENTOL,  NOLAN  -- read once and referred to the Committee on Children
          and Families -- committee discharged, bill amended, ordered  reprinted
          as  amended  and  recommitted to said committee -- again reported from
          said committee with  amendments,  ordered  reprinted  as  amended  and
          recommitted to said committee -- recommitted to the Committee on Chil-
          dren  and  Families  in  accordance  with  Assembly  Rule 3, sec. 2 --
          committee discharged, bill amended, ordered reprinted as  amended  and
          recommitted to said committee

        AN  ACT  to  amend  the social services law, in relation to reporting of
          youth placed in foster care settings and recruitment of foster parents

          The People of the State of New York, represented in Senate and  Assem-
        bly, do enact as follows:

     1    Section  1. Section 17 of the social services law is amended by adding
     2  a new subdivision (l) to read as follows:
     3    (l) submit a report to the governor, the speaker of the  assembly  and
     4  the  temporary  president of the senate beginning December thirty-first,
     5  two thousand twenty, and quarterly thereafter, regarding youth placed in
     6  foster care settings and the recruitment of foster parents. Such  report
     7  shall  be  made publicly available online and shall provide information,
     8  as required pursuant to this subdivision,  aggregated  by  local  social
     9  services  districts  and  foster care settings. For the purposes of this
    10  subdivision, foster care settings shall include, but not be limited  to,

         EXPLANATION--Matter in italics (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                              [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                                   LBD01765-12-0

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     1  foster boarding homes, approved relative homes, group homes, group resi-
     2  dences,  agency  operated  boarding homes, supervised independent living
     3  arrangements, therapeutic foster care and child care  institutions.  The
     4  report shall include, but not be limited to, the following information:
     5    (i)  the  total number of youth placed in a foster care setting at the
     6  time of the report, as well as a comparison to the total number of youth
     7  in care since the previous report was submitted;
     8    (ii) the reasons why such youth have been  placed  in  a  foster  care
     9  setting,  with the total number of youth per category at the time of the
    10  report. Such reasons shall include, but not  be  limited  to,  voluntary
    11  placement  pursuant to section three hundred fifty-eight-a of this chap-
    12  ter, a termination of parental rights pursuant to section three  hundred
    13  eighty-four-b  of  this chapter, placements pursuant to articles ten and
    14  ten-C of the family court act, or pursuant to a contract, grant or other
    15  agreement with the federal government;
    16    (iii) to the extent such information is available, the total number of
    17  youth placed in a foster care setting at the time of the report that are
    18  in need of or receiving specialized services, either  due  to  a  mental
    19  health  illness or another disorder that may require additional supports
    20  and services, including specialized educational services;
    21    (iv) to the extent such information is available, how  many  youth  at
    22  the  time  of  the  report  have been previously placed in a foster care
    23  setting in the state;
    24    (v) the total number of foster families that are  currently  certified
    25  in  the  state  at  the  time  of the report and whether that number has
    26  increased or decreased since the previous report was submitted;
    27    (vi) how  many  children  and/or  families  have  received  preventive
    28  services through a local social services district, and of those children
    29  and/or  families,  how  many  youth were successfully kept out of foster
    30  care due to such services within the last calendar year for the  initial
    31  report,  and then since the previous report was submitted for all subse-
    32  quent reports;
    33    (vii) the total number of placement options that have  been  certified
    34  as  a  qualified  residential treatment program, as defined by 42 USCS §
    35  672; and
    36    (viii) the efforts the state has taken to recruit  and  retain  foster
    37  parents in the state.
    38    § 2. This act shall take effect immediately.
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