Bill Text: NY S00588 | 2019-2020 | General Assembly | Introduced

Bill Title: Relates to the interviewing of children in the presence of the subject of the report.

Spectrum: Partisan Bill (Democrat 3-0)

Status: (Engrossed) 2019-03-18 - referred to children and families [S00588 Detail]

Download: New_York-2019-S00588-Introduced.html

                STATE OF NEW YORK
                               2019-2020 Regular Sessions
                    IN SENATE
                                     January 9, 2019
        Introduced  by Sens. KENNEDY, BRESLIN -- read twice and ordered printed,
          and when printed to be committed to  the  Committee  on  Children  and
        AN ACT to amend the social services law, in relation to the interviewing
          of children in the presence of other persons
          The  People of the State of New York, represented in Senate and Assem-
        bly, do enact as follows:
     1    Section 1. Paragraph (a) of subdivision 6 of section 424 of the social
     2  services law, as amended by chapter 281 of the laws of 2017, is  amended
     3  to read as follows:
     4    (a)  upon  receipt  of  such report, commence or cause the appropriate
     5  society for the prevention of cruelty to children  to  commence,  within
     6  twenty-four  hours,  an appropriate investigation which shall include an
     7  evaluation of the environment of the child named in the report  and  any
     8  other  children in the same home and a determination of the risk to such
     9  children if they continue to remain in the existing home environment, as
    10  well as a determination of the nature, extent and cause of any condition
    11  enumerated in such report and the name, age and condition of other chil-
    12  dren in the home, and, after seeing to the safety of the child or  chil-
    13  dren,  forthwith  notify  the  subjects  of the report and other persons
    14  named in the report in writing of the existence of the report and  their
    15  respective  rights  pursuant  to  this  title  in  regard  to amendment.
    16  Notwithstanding any other provision of law, the subject child of such  a
    17  report  shall  not  be interviewed in the presence of the subject of the
    18  report;
    19    § 2. This act shall take effect immediately.
         EXPLANATION--Matter in italics (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                              [ ] is old law to be omitted.