|SAME AS||SAME AS S02236|
|Amd §203, Eld L|
|Expands volunteerism by making use of the databases of statewide aging organizations, and institutes volunteer certificate programs which train volunteers and individuals in programs to use the volunteers.|
|01/30/2018||referred to aging|
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NEW YORK STATE ASSEMBLY
MEMORANDUM IN SUPPORT OF LEGISLATION
submitted in accordance with Assembly Rule III, Sec 1(f)
BILL NUMBER: A9660 SPONSOR: O'Donnell
TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the elder law, in relation to volunteer programs   PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL: To increase opportunities for older New Yorkers to volunteer their time in meaningful ways.   SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS: Section 1 of the bill amends subdivision 7 of section 203 of the elder law, which deals with the general powers and duties of the State Office for the Aging (SOFA), is amended to authorize SOFA to enter into a contract with one or more statewide organizations in order to establish a volunteer databank, and to establish, replicate, or encourage the development of training programs for such volunteers and the programs and services that make use of them. In addition, the section requires SOFA to establish guidelines, including for confidentiality and access to the data, and to establish and replicate a model training curriculum for not-for-profits organizations and volunteers, whose purpose shall be to train volunteers, and to train not-for-profit organizations in ways of effectively and efficiently using volunteers. In developing the curriculum SOFA may consult and work with individuals and entities with appropriate expertise at the State University of New York and the City University of New York. Section 2. Sets forth the effective date.   JUSTIFICATION: Many older New Yorkers are looking for opportunities to volunteer in a meaningful way; and many not-for-profit organizations would use volun- teers if they could be effectively and efficiently employed. This legislation allows for the creation of a wide-ranging database and training that would help match volunteers with organizations that can effectively use their talents.   PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: 2015-16: A.243/S.2517 2013-14: A.2450/S.5396 2011-12: A.6243/S.2688 2009-10: A.7914/S.2027   FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: None.   EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect immediately, provided that the powers and duties established in paragraph (b) of subdivision 7 of section 203 of the elder law as added by this act shall be effective on and after the first of April occurring at least one year after the date on which this act shall have become a law.
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STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 9660 IN ASSEMBLY January 30, 2018 ___________ Introduced by M. of A. O'DONNELL -- read once and referred to the Committee on Aging AN ACT to amend the elder law, in relation to volunteer programs The People of the State of New York, represented in Senate and Assem- bly, do enact as follows: 1 Section 1. Subdivision 7 of section 203 of the elder law is amended to 2 read as follows: 3 7. (a) The director is hereby authorized, within amounts appropriated 4 therefor, to make grants-in-aid to retired and senior volunteer programs 5 for the engagement of individuals fifty-five years of age or over to 6 serve as volunteers for the betterment of their community and them- 7 selves. Such volunteer activities may include but shall not be limited 8 to assisting with the preparation of meals at nutrition sites; leading 9 activities at child care centers; delivering meals to homebound elderly; 10 providing telephone reassurance and/or friendly visits to the frail 11 elderly; tutoring adults or children; assisting with services for the 12 homeless and assisting school districts which request volunteers for the 13 purpose of notifying a person in parental relation to any elementary 14 school pupil when such pupil is deemed absent from required attendance 15 at his or her designated school. The services of these volunteers will 16 be performed in the community where such individuals reside or in nearby 17 communities. Up to ten percent of such grants-in-aid may be expended for 18 the administrative purposes of such programs, with the approval of the 19 office. Such grants shall be for a period of twelve months or less, 20 shall not be used to match other state funds, shall not be used as a 21 substitute for federal allocations, and shall be made in a manner which 22 does not conflict with federal law, rule or regulation pursuant to title 23 II of the United States domestic volunteer services act of nineteen 24 hundred seventy-three, as amended. Grants may be used to match federal 25 funds, but not as a substitute for presently required non-federal 26 shares. Each grantee shall file reports at such time and containing such 27 information as the office shall require. For the purpose of administer- 28 ing such grants-in-aid the office may make such agreements with other 29 public agencies as are deemed necessary. EXPLANATION--Matter in italics (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD00429-01-7A. 9660 2 1 (b) In addition to the powers and duties contained in subdivision two 2 of this section, the office is hereby authorized to enter into a 3 relationship, defined by contract, with one or more statewide organiza- 4 tions for the purpose of establishing a databank of individuals wishing 5 to volunteer their services to programs that address the needs of the 6 aging, and to establish, replicate, or encourage the development of 7 training programs for such volunteers and programs. The office shall 8 establish guidelines for the use of any such databank, including 9 requirements concerning appropriate data to be entered into the data- 10 bank, confidentiality, screening, access, correction of the data, and 11 such other requirements as the office, after consultation and with the 12 advice of the advisory committee for the aging and others, shall estab- 13 lish. The purpose of the training curriculum shall be to train, on a 14 voluntary basis, volunteers for the tasks they are interested in, and 15 individuals in not-for-profit organizations in effectively and effi- 16 ciently using volunteers. In developing the curriculum the office may 17 consult and work with individuals and entities with expertise in such 18 training and development at the state university of New York and the 19 city university of New York. 20 § 2. This act shall take effect immediately, provided that the powers 21 and duties established in paragraph (b) of subdivision 7 of section 203 22 of the elder law as added by this act shall be effective on and after 23 the first of April occurring at least one year after the date on which 24 this act shall have become a law.