Bill Text: NY A11102 | 2017-2018 | General Assembly | Introduced

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Bill Title: Expands the duties of the office of children and family services concerning youth who are disproportionately likely to be runaway and/or homeless youth.

Spectrum: Partisan Bill (Democrat 1-0)

Status: (Introduced) 2018-06-15 - print number 11102a [A11102 Detail]

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                STATE OF NEW YORK
                   IN ASSEMBLY
                                      June 5, 2018
        Introduced  by  COMMITTEE  ON RULES -- (at request of M. of A. Ortiz) --
          read once and referred to the Committee on Children and Families
        AN ACT to amend the executive law, in relation to expanding  the  duties
          of  the office of children and family services concerning historically
          marginalized youths
          The People of the State of New York, represented in Senate and  Assem-
        bly, do enact as follows:
     1    Section  1.  Section 532-e of the executive law, as amended by chapter
     2  182 of the laws of 2002, is amended to read as follows:
     3    § 532-e. Powers and duties  of  the  office  of  children  and  family
     4  services.  The  office  of children and family services shall:  [(a)] 1.
     5  visit, inspect and make periodic reports on the operation  and  adequacy
     6  of approved runaway programs and transitional independent living support
     7  programs;
     8    [(b)]  2.  certify  residential  facilities  providing care to runaway
     9  and/or homeless youth, provided, however, that no certification shall be
    10  issued or renewed until it can be demonstrated that a  program  operated
    11  pursuant  to  this  article  has  consistent with appropriate collective
    12  bargaining agreements and applicable provisions  of  the  civil  service
    13  law,  developed and implemented a procedure for reviewing and evaluating
    14  the backgrounds of and the information supplied by any  person  applying
    15  to  be an employee, volunteer or consultant, which shall include but not
    16  be limited to the following requirements: that the applicants set  forth
    17  his  or  her  employment history, provide personal and employment refer-
    18  ences and sign a sworn statement indicating whether  the  applicant,  to
    19  the  best of his or her knowledge, has ever been convicted of a crime in
    20  this state or any other jurisdiction;
    21    [(c)] 3. maintain a register of  approved  runaway  programs,  transi-
    22  tional  independent  living  support  programs  and runaway and homeless
    23  youth service coordinators;
    24    [(d)] 4. submit to the  governor  and  legislature  an  annual  report
    25  detailing the numbers and characteristics of runaway and otherwise home-
    26  less youth throughout the state and their problems and service needs;
         EXPLANATION--Matter in italics (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                              [ ] is old law to be omitted.

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     1    [(e)]  5.  develop  and  promulgate  in consultation with county youth
     2  bureaus and organizations or programs which  have  had  past  experience
     3  dealing  with  runaway  and  homeless  youth, regulations concerning the
     4  coordination and integration  of  services  available  for  runaway  and
     5  otherwise homeless youth and prohibiting the disclosure or transferal of
     6  any  records  containing  the  identity  of  individual  youth receiving
     7  services pursuant to this section, without the written  consent  of  the
     8  youth; [and]
     9    [(f)]  6.  develop and promulgate regulations in consultation with the
    10  office of temporary and disability assistance concerning  the  provision
    11  of services by transitional independent living support programs consist-
    12  ent with the provisions of this article[.];
    13    [(g)] 7.  require all employees of approved programs providing care to
    14  runaway and/or homeless youth to complete training as set forth in regu-
    15  lations  promulgated  by  the  office.  Such  training shall require all
    16  employees of such residential facilities to receive instruction as spec-
    17  ified by the office in the regulations and shall, at a minimum,  include
    18  instruction in issues pertaining to historically marginalized demograph-
    19  ics of youth with particular emphasis on:
    20    (a) challenges faced by runaway and/or homeless youth;
    21    (b)  how to address various forms of discrimination at the residential
    22  facilities;
    23    (c) maintaining confidentially in sensitive matters;
    24    (d) how to address the families of such youths; and
    25    (e) how to communicate  effectively  in  a  manner  that  demonstrates
    26  sensitivity  to the particular background and identities of the affected
    27  youths.
    28    8. in conjunction with the  commissioner  of  education,  develop  and
    29  annually  review  a  plan to ensure coordination and access to education
    30  for homeless children, in accordance  with  the  provisions  of  section
    31  thirty-two  hundred nine of the education law, and monitor compliance of
    32  residential programs for runaway and homeless youth with such plan.
    33    § 2. This act shall take effect on the first of January next  succeed-
    34  ing the date upon which it shall have become a law.