Finch Backs Bill To Protect New Yorkers with Developmental Disabilities
Assemblyman Gary D. Finch (R,C,I-Springport) is encouraging his colleagues to fast-track an important bill which would strengthen mandated reporting requirements designed to protect the developmentally disabled.
Currently, when a caregiver or other mandated reporter witnesses a serious medical emergency, violent crime or notices suspect injuries that could signify abuse, they are only legally required to call the New York State Justice Center. This legislation would require them to call 911 and notify the district attorney.
“Too often, crimes committed against our most vulnerable New Yorkers go unreported and unprosecuted. It’s unacceptable. We’re making sure that people who are in a position to say something are heard by those who can deliver help, emergency medical care and, ultimately, justice,” said Finch.
Protecting New Yorkers with developmental disabilities has emerged as a priority issue for Finch. Last year, he brought the Assembly Minority Task Force on Protecting the Rights of People with Developmental Disabilities to a community forum in Camillus. This session, Finch helped deliver relief to nonprofit service providers struggling to retain dedicated direct-care professionals.
“If we’re going to ensure that the developmentally disabled are going to enjoy healthy, fulfilling lives, we need to ensure that we’re committed to fighting for equal rights and defending their civil liberties. This bill is about equal protection under the law, and it’s in keeping with our commitment to keeping all New Yorkers safe,” said Finch.