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A09533 Summary:

BILL NOA09533A
 
SAME ASSAME AS S07526-A
 
SPONSOROrtiz
 
COSPNSRQuart, Hooper, Jaffee, Dickens, Williams, Cook, D'Urso, Davila, Sepulveda, Benedetto, Mosley, Pellegrino, Bichotte, Wright, Bohen, Rosenthal L, Seawright, Kim
 
MLTSPNSRArroyo, Pretlow
 
Add 803-b, Ed L
 
Requires at least one full-time licensed or certified school social worker to be employed in each elementary, intermediate, middle, junior high school and senior high school throughout the state.
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A09533 Memo:

NEW YORK STATE ASSEMBLY
MEMORANDUM IN SUPPORT OF LEGISLATION
submitted in accordance with Assembly Rule III, Sec 1(f)
 
BILL NUMBER: A9533A
 
SPONSOR: Ortiz
  TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the education law, in relation to requiring a licensed or certified social worker in each elementary, intermediate, middle, junior high and senior high school   PURPOSE: To insure that all elementary, intermediate, middle, junior and senior high schools throughout New York State have an effective social work program in place to meet the needs of their students.   SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS: The education law is amended by adding a new section 803-B, to require the board of trustees of every school district to employ at least one licensed or certified social worker in each elementary, intermediate, middle, junior high and senior high school under their jurisdiction. This employment shall be exclusive of any social workers funded or mandated through any special education funding, aid, regulation or stat- ute.   JUSTIFICATION: The role and function of a licensed or certified school social worker and the role and function of other pupil personnel services are distinctly separate. In addition to possessing certification through the Office of Teaching Initiatives, school social workers are licensed by the New York State Board of Regents with a scope of practice legally protected under Article 154 of the New York State Education Law. Licensed and certified school social workers are at the forefront of school social, behavioral, and community issues. The skills and compe- tencies of these licensed and certified school social workers enable schools to carry out their primary functions of educating all pupils more effectively. Reducing or eliminating the presence of social workers in our schools would have a devastating effect on our students. Given the current economic crisis and the resulting impact on families and children, stress and worry has risen sharply due to loss of income, rising debt, unemployment, underemployment, loss of insurance, housing instability, hunger, and many other factors. These factors are known to contribute to increased incidence of mental illness, substance abuse, suicide, violence, crime, and in an academic environment, may be attributed to increased absence and risk of school failure. Licensed and certified school social workers are qualified to address these factors. By applying appropriate intervention strategies, school social workers are able to alleviate some of these issues and support academic success. Every student in New York deserves equal access to services and every school in New York should provide the important services social workers can provide.   FISCAL IMPACT ON THE STATE: Unknown   LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: New Bill   EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect immediately.
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A09533 Text:



 
                STATE OF NEW YORK
        ________________________________________________________________________
 
                                         9533--A
 
                   IN ASSEMBLY
 
                                    January 19, 2018
                                       ___________
 
        Introduced  by  M.  of  A. ORTIZ, QUART -- read once and referred to the
          Committee on Education -- committee discharged, bill amended,  ordered
          reprinted as amended and recommitted to said committee
 
        AN  ACT  to amend the education law, in relation to requiring a licensed
          or certified social worker in each elementary,  intermediate,  middle,
          junior high and senior high school

          The  People of the State of New York, represented in Senate and Assem-
        bly, do enact as follows:
 
     1    Section 1. The education law is amended by adding a new section  803-b
     2  to read as follows:
     3    §  803-b. Social workers licensed under article one hundred fifty-four
     4  of this chapter or certified pursuant to rules  and  regulations  estab-
     5  lished  by the department, required in elementary, intermediate, middle,
     6  junior high and senior high schools.  The board of education or trustees
     7  of every public school district in the state shall  on  and  after  July
     8  first,  two  thousand eighteen employ and provide access to at least one
     9  licensed or certified school social worker in each of the schools  under
    10  their  jurisdiction  exclusive  of  any  school social workers funded or
    11  mandated through any special education funding, aid, regulation or stat-
    12  ute.  Such licensed or certified school social worker shall perform such
    13  duties within their lawful scope of practice.
    14    § 2. This act shall take effect immediately.
 
 
 
 
 
         EXPLANATION--Matter in italics (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                              [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                                   LBD14250-02-8
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