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A07581 Summary:

BILL NOA07581
 
SAME ASSAME AS S05809
 
SPONSORJaffee
 
COSPNSRBurke, D'Urso, Cruz, Reyes, Lifton, Glick, Frontus, Colton, Dickens, DeStefano, Jean-Pierre, Cook, Blake, Schmitt, Pichardo, Rivera, Ortiz, Barron, Fall, Crouch
 
MLTSPNSRArroyo, De La Rosa, Simon
 
Amd 20-a, 153-k, 421, 423 & 426, Soc Serv L
 
Establishes standards for caseloads for child protective services workers; requires the state to pay for one hundred percent of the costs associated with compliance of such caseload standard; makes related provisions.
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A07581 Memo:

NEW YORK STATE ASSEMBLY
MEMORANDUM IN SUPPORT OF LEGISLATION
submitted in accordance with Assembly Rule III, Sec 1(f)
 
BILL NUMBER: A7581
 
SPONSOR: Jaffee
  TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the social services law, in relation to caseload standards for child protective services workers   PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL: To establish a caseload standard for child protective services workers.   SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS: Section one of this bill amends section 20-a of the Social Services Law to provide that such section will not apply to any regulations estab- lishing caseload standards promulgated pursuant to section 421 (c) of the Social Services Law. Section two of this bill amends 153-k of the social services law to require the state to pay for 100% of costs associated with compliance of this provision, however, counties must maintain last year's level of CPS funding. Section three of this bill amends section 421 of the Social Services Law by adding a new paragraph (c) to create caseload standards for child protective services, which, to the extent possible, shall be no more than two initial investigations per week, per full-time child protective services worker. Section four of this bill amends paragraph (c) of subdivision 1 of section 423 of the Social Services Law to provide that the sufficient staff requirement for child protective services offices will be subject to section (c) of section 421 of the Social Services Law, as amended by section 2 of this bill. Section five of this bill amends 426 of the social services law to increase various annual reporting requirements. Section five of this bill provides that this act shall take effect on the seven hundred thirtieth day after it shall have become a law.   JUSTIFICATION: It has been shown that smaller caseloads are important to the success of child protective services. New York City's Administration for Children's Services has taken this approach and has substantially lowered their caseload ratios to the benefit of the children. This proposal builds upon a 2006 Office of Children and Family Services study, which was required pursuant to Chapter 53 of the Laws of 2006, on Child Protective Services caseloads.   PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: New bill, however similar bills have been vetoed in previous years.   FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: $18 million to the state.   EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect on the seven hundred thirtieth day after it shall have become a law.
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