Bill Text: NY S08885 | 2017-2018 | General Assembly | Amended

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: (Engrossed - Dead) 2018-06-18 - referred to children and families [S08885 Detail]

Download: New_York-2017-S08885-Amended.html

                STATE OF NEW YORK
                    IN SENATE
                                      May 31, 2018
        Introduced  by  Sen. HOYLMAN -- read twice and ordered printed, and when
          printed to be committed to the Committee on Children and  Families  --
          committee  discharged,  bill amended, ordered reprinted as amended and
          recommitted to said committee
        AN ACT to amend the executive law, in relation to expanding  the  duties
          of the office of children and family services concerning youth who are
          disproportionately likely to be runaway and/or homeless youth
          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;
         EXPLANATION--Matter in italics (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                              [ ] is old law to be omitted.

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