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A09566 Summary:

BILL NOA09566
 
SAME ASSAME AS S08305
 
SPONSORHevesi
 
COSPNSRLentol, O'Donnell, Sepulveda, Rosenthal L, Giglio, Dickens, Abinanti, Blake, Simon, Pichardo, Glick, Barron, Gunther, Williams, Bichotte, Gottfried, Jaffee, Lupardo, Mosley, Raia, Titone, D'Urso, Rivera, Seawright, Davila, Weprin, Epstein, DiPietro, Peoples-Stokes, Fernandez
 
MLTSPNSRCrouch, De La Rosa, Galef, Palmesano
 
Amd 483-aa & 483-bb, Soc Serv L
 
Relates to services for victims of human trafficking including short-term and long-term safe housing.
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A09566 Actions:

BILL NOA09566
 
01/23/2018referred to social services
02/12/2018reported referred to ways and means
05/30/2018reported
05/31/2018advanced to third reading cal.1014
06/05/2018passed assembly
06/05/2018delivered to senate
06/05/2018REFERRED TO RULES
06/12/2018SUBSTITUTED FOR S8305
06/12/20183RD READING CAL.1731
06/12/2018PASSED SENATE
06/12/2018RETURNED TO ASSEMBLY
08/13/2018delivered to governor
08/24/2018signed chap.238
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A09566 Memo:

NEW YORK STATE ASSEMBLY
MEMORANDUM IN SUPPORT OF LEGISLATION
submitted in accordance with Assembly Rule III, Sec 1(f)
 
BILL NUMBER: A9566
 
SPONSOR: Hevesi
  TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the social services law, in relation to services for victims of human trafficking   PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL: This bill will establish "culturally competent" short-term safe house residential facilities and long-term safe house residential facilities and services operated by not-for-profit agencies for victims of human trafficking. The placement in these facilities shall be available for victims of human trafficking at the initial point of contact with law enforcement, a local social services district, or social or legal services provider. These services shall be culturally competent to the extent practicable to include helping these victims with services such as case management. emergency temporary housing, health care, mental health counseling, drug addiction screening and treatment, language interpretation and translation services, english language instruction, job training and placement assistance, post-employment services for job retention, and services to assist the victim and their potential family members the ability to establish permanent residency.   SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS: Section 1 - States that section 483-aa of the social services shall be amended to add two new subdivisions which create "short-term safe hous- es" and "long-term safe houses." The short-term safe house will be a residential facility operated by not-for-profit agencies with experience in providing emergency shelter, services, and care to victims of human trafficking including food, shelter, clothing, medical care, counseling and crisis intervention. The long-term residential facility will also be operated by a not-for-profit agency and will provide or assist these victims with services through either direct provision of services or through written agreements with other community and public agencies to provide services such as housing, assessment, case management, medical, legal, mental health, and substance use services. The long-term facility will also provide counseling, therapeutic, educational services such as life skills and job training, and placement and planning services to transition these victims back into the community. Section 2 - States that section 483-bb of the social services law is amended to require the office of temporary and disability assistance to enter into contracts with non-government organizations to provide services to victims of human trafficking as previously defined. These services shall be culturally competent to the extent practicable to include helping these victims with case management, emergency temporary housing, health care, mental health counseling, drug addiction screening and treatment, language interpretation and translation services, english language instruction, job training and placement assistance, post-em- ployment services for job retention, and services to assist the victim and their potential family establish permanent residency. The services will also include voluntary placement in the aforementioned short or long term safe houses. Placement in to these safe houses shall be available to the victim at their initial point of contact with law enforcement, a local social services district, or social or legal services provider. A victim of human trafficking will not be prevented from being placed in a safe house even if they are (1) involved in a proceeding which has not reached final disposition, for the duration of such proceeding; (2) not involved in a pending proceeding; or (3) participating in a program for victims of domestic violence and has been identified as a victim of human trafficking. Further, nothing in this article shall preclude the office of temporary and disability assistance (OTDA), or any local social services district, from providing human trafficking victims who are United States citizens or human trafficking victims who meet the criteria pursuant to section one hundred twenty-two of this chapter with any benefits or services for which they otherwise may be eligible.   JUSTIFICATION: For many survivors of human trafficking, one of their most immediate needs is a safe, supportive place to stay. Especially for survivors who are fleeing an exploitative work or living situation, temporary housing may be one of the most important factors in determining whether he or she can safely seek help. In New York State, some survivors turn to a network of temporary shelters to meet this need. Homeless shelters, domestic violence shelters, and runaway and homeless youth shelters can all help, but only if the trafficking survivor meets each shelter system's particular eligibility requirements. Because many trafficking survivors either may not meet these requirements or, even if they quali- fy, may not be able to find a vacant bed or unit, it's clear that more shelter capacity - tailored to meet the particular, culturally competent needs of trafficking survivors - is necessary.   PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: New bill   FISCAL IMPLICATIONS FOR STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENTS: To be determined   EFFECTIVE DATE: 90 days after it shall have become law
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A09566 Text:



 
                STATE OF NEW YORK
        ________________________________________________________________________
 
                                          9566
 
                   IN ASSEMBLY
 
                                    January 23, 2018
                                       ___________
 
        Introduced  by  M.  of  A.  HEVESI,  LENTOL,  O'DONNELL -- read once and
          referred to the Committee on Social Services
 
        AN ACT to amend the social services law, in  relation  to  services  for
          victims of human trafficking
 
          The  People of the State of New York, represented in Senate and Assem-
        bly, do enact as follows:

     1    Section 1. Section 483-aa of the social services  law  is  amended  by
     2  adding two new subdivisions (c) and (d) to read as follows:
     3    (c) "Short-term safe house" means a residential facility operated by a
     4  not-for-profit  agency  with  experience  in providing services to human
     5  trafficking victims, that provides emergency shelter, services and  care
     6  to  human trafficking victims including food, shelter, clothing, medical
     7  care,  counseling  and  appropriate  crisis  intervention  services  and
     8  promotes a safe living environment.
     9    (d)  "Long-term safe house" means a residential facility operated by a
    10  not-for-profit agency with experience in  providing  services  to  human
    11  trafficking victims, that provides shelter for human trafficking victims
    12  and  promotes  a  safe living environment. In addition, a long-term safe
    13  house shall provide or assist with securing necessary services for  such
    14  human  trafficking  victims either through direct provision of services,
    15  or through written agreements with other community and  public  agencies
    16  for  the  provision  of  services  including but not limited to housing,
    17  assessment, case management, medical  care,  legal,  mental  health  and
    18  substance  use  disorder services. Such safe house, in accordance with a
    19  service plan for such human trafficking victim, shall also provide coun-
    20  seling and therapeutic services,  educational  services  including  life
    21  skills  services,  job  training  and placement and planning services to
    22  successfully transition such person back into the community.
    23    § 2. Subdivision (b) of section 483-bb of the social services law,  as
    24  added by chapter 74 of the laws of 2007, is amended to read as follows:
    25    (b)  [In  providing  such assistance, the] The office of temporary and
    26  disability assistance [may] shall enter into contracts with  non-govern-
    27  ment  organizations for providing services to [pre-certified] victims of
    28  human trafficking as defined in subdivision [(b)] (a)  of  section  four
 
         EXPLANATION--Matter in italics (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                              [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                                   LBD14240-01-8

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     1  hundred eighty-three-aa of this article[, insofar as funds are available
     2  for that purpose]. Such services [may] shall be culturally competent, to
     3  the  extent practicable, and shall include, but are not limited to, case
     4  management,  emergency  temporary  housing,  health  care, mental health
     5  counseling, drug addiction screening and treatment, language interpreta-
     6  tion and translation services, English language instruction, job  train-
     7  ing   and   placement   assistance,  post-employment  services  for  job
     8  retention, and services to assist the individual and any of his  or  her
     9  family  members  to establish a permanent residence in New York state or
    10  the United States.  Such services shall also include appropriate  volun-
    11  tary  placement  in  a  short-term  and/or long-term safe house, as such
    12  terms are defined under subdivision (c) or (d) of section  four  hundred
    13  eighty-three-aa  of  this  article.  Placement  in a safe house shall be
    14  available from the initial point of contact between the human  traffick-
    15  ing  victim  and  any  of the following: law enforcement; a local social
    16  services district; or a social or legal services  provider.  Nothing  in
    17  this  article  shall  prevent placement in a safe house of a human traf-
    18  ficking victim who is:   (1) involved in  a  proceeding  which  has  not
    19  reached  final disposition, for the duration of such proceeding; (2) not
    20  involved in a pending proceeding; or (3) participating in a program  for
    21  victims  of  domestic  violence  and  has been identified as a victim of
    22  human trafficking. Nothing in this [section] article shall preclude  the
    23  office  of  temporary  and  disability  assistance,  or any local social
    24  services district, from providing  human  trafficking  victims  who  are
    25  United  States citizens or human trafficking victims who meet the crite-
    26  ria pursuant to section one hundred twenty-two of this chapter with  any
    27  benefits or services for which they otherwise may be eligible.
    28    § 3. This act shall take effect on the one hundred twentieth day after
    29  it shall have become a law.
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