Directs the commissioner of economic development, in consultation with the commissioner of health and the state's REDCs to study, develop, and implement a long-term strategy to support the growth of the caregiving industry in New York state; directs the state's REDCs to direct 30% of their annual funding to such long-term strategy.
NEW YORK STATE ASSEMBLY MEMORANDUM IN SUPPORT OF LEGISLATION submitted in accordance with Assembly Rule III, Sec 1(f)
BILL NUMBER: A6590
TITLE OF BILL:
An act to amend the economic development law, in relation to enacting
the "investing in care act"
To incorporate the caregiving sector as part of the state's economic
SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:
Section 1: Sets the title of the legislation.
Section 2: Requires the commissioner of economic development to imple-
ment a long-term strategy to support the growth of the caregiving indus-
try in New York State. This strategy must be detailed in a report that
analyzes the support needed to expand the caregiving industry; develop,
recruit, and retain a skilled workforce; and innovation and new modes of
delivering caregiving. Requires the state's REDCS to direct 30% of their
annual funding to support implementation of the long-term strategy upon
completion of the report.
Section 3: Defines caregiving industry as including, but not limited to,
direct care, home care, child care, non-profit nursing homes and resi-
dential facilities, and other entities that support informal caregiving.
Section 4: sets the effective date.
Caregiving is in crisis in New York State. New York State is facing an
unprecedented elder boom. The population is aging, and people are living
longer. These trends have accelerated over time. The COVID19 crisis has
also laid bare the challenges facing the child care industry, as provid-
ers have shuttered and parents have faced unprecedented challenges of
working from home while also juggling child care and remote learning.
Many families also face the challenge of sandwich care, providing care
simultaneously to young children and aging loved ones. There is increas-
ing demand for support for every type in the field of caregiving, but
our extant models are proving inadequate to meet the moment.
This bill proposes a new investment in caregiving. Our traditional
approach to economic development - incentivizing employers to relocate
or develop a new business in a part of the state through tax credits and
financial incentives - has delivered mixed results. Often, the promised
results made in exchange for generous payments and incentives fail to
deliver on the public's investment. The Invest in Care Act proposes that
we rethink economic development in New York State and place a greater
emphasis on the needs of the moment: supporting good paying jobs in the
caregiving industry that can deliver immediate results for our elders,
children, and people in need of supportive caregiving of all sorts. By
rethinking economic development to emphasize a caring economy and the
needs of New York families, we can make an appropriate investment in
caregiving and yield immediate results in the form of stronger, healthi-
To be determined.
STATE OF NEW YORK
2021-2022 Regular Sessions
March 19, 2021
Introduced by M. of A. KELLES -- read once and referred to the Committee
on Economic Development
AN ACT to amend the economic development law, in relation to enacting
the "investing in care act"
The People of the State of New York, represented in Senate and Assem-bly, do enact as follows:
1 Section 1. This act shall be known and may be cited as the "investing
2 in care act".
3 § 2. The economic development law is amended by adding a new section
4 11 to read as follows:
5 § 11. Investing in care. 1. The commissioner of economic development
6 shall study, develop, and implement a long-term strategy to support the
7 growth of the caregiving industry in New York state. Such strategy shall
8 be developed in consultation with the state's regional economic develop-
9 ment councils, the commissioner of health, and any other state agencies
10 or other such organizations or persons as the commissioner shall deem
11 appropriate. Such strategy shall be based on an analysis of financial
12 support needed for:
13 (a) growth of caregiving industry businesses and non-profits;
14 (b) workforce development, recruitment, and retention needs in the
15 caregiving industry; and
16 (c) innovation and new modes of caregiving delivery in the caregiving
18 2. Within one year of the effective date of this section, the commis-
19 sioner shall submit a report of their findings, recommendations, and
20 plan for implementation of such long-term strategy, including proposed
21 legislation, if any, to the governor and the legislature.
22 3. Beginning January first next succeeding the date upon which the
23 commissioner shall have submitted the report pursuant to subdivision two
24 of this section, and annually thereafter, the state's regional economic
25 development councils shall direct thirty percent of their annual funding
EXPLANATION--Matter in italics (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
 is old law to be omitted.
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1 to the commissioner to be used in the implementation of the long-term
2 strategy created pursuant to subdivision one of this section.
3 4. For the purposes of this section, "caregiving industry" shall
4 include, but not be limited to: direct care, home care, child care,
5 non-profit nursing homes and residential facilities, and other entities
6 that support informal caregiving, as the commissioner in their judgment
7 shall define such terms.
8 § 3. This act shall take effect immediately.