NEW YORK STATE ASSEMBLY MEMORANDUM IN SUPPORT OF LEGISLATION submitted in accordance with Assembly Rule III, Sec 1(f)
BILL NUMBER: A1697 Revised 2/23/17
TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the public health law and the state
finance law, in relation to establishing a public awareness campaign for
maternal depression and making an appropriation therefor
PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL:
This bill enacts the Infant Safety Act of 2015 and provides an appropri-
ation of $20 million to establish a public awareness campaign for mater-
SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:
Section 1 of the bill amends Article 25 of the public health law is
amended by adding a new title 7 entitled Maternal Depression, estab-
lishes Section 2593 Public Awareness Campaign for Maternal Depression
and provides that such campaign shall educate the public and maternal
health care providers about the risks and remedies associated with
Section 2 amends the state finance law by adding a new section 97-pppp
that creates a maternal depression fund.
Section 3 appropriates the sum of 20 million dollars to the Department
of Health to support the Public Awareness Campaign for Maternal
Section 4 provides that this act shall take effect immediately.
Information obtained from the New York State Department of Health indi-
cates that 10-20% of new mothers suffer from maternal depression,
including periods of sadness, anxiety, fatigue and thoughts of death or
suicide. For more than 1 out of every 1,000 new mothers the maternal
depression they experience - also known as postpartum depression
includes more severe symptoms such as postpartum psychosis that can lead
to hallucinations and mania. A little diagnosed medical condition,
maternal depression is believed to have contributed to the deaths of
three infants who were allegedly killed by their mothers in separate
incidents that took place in New York City in the late summer and early
fall of 2015.
The enactment of the Infant Safety Act of 2015 will mark approval of the
first statewide program of its kind in New York's history and will
provide an unprecedented commitment of public resources to address this
serious public health issue.
PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:
2016 - Referred to Health
This act shall take effect immediately.
STATE OF NEW YORK
2017-2018 Regular Sessions
January 12, 2017
Introduced by M. of A. JOYNER -- read once and referred to the Committee
AN ACT to amend the public health law and the state finance law, in
relation to establishing a public awareness campaign for maternal
depression and making an appropriation therefor
The People of the State of New York, represented in Senate and Assem-bly, do enact as follows:
1 Section 1. Article 25 of the public health law is amended by adding a
2 new title 7 to read as follows:
3 TITLE 7
4 MATERNAL DEPRESSION
5 Section 2593. Public awareness campaign for maternal depression.
6 § 2593. Public awareness campaign for maternal depression. There is
7 hereby established within the department a maternal depression awareness
8 program to educate the public and maternal health care providers about
9 the risks and remedies associated with maternal depression.
10 § 2. The state finance law is amended by adding a new section 97-pppp
11 to read as follows:
12 § 97-pppp. Maternal depression fund. 1. There is hereby established in
13 the joint custody of the state comptroller and the commissioner of taxa-
14 tion and finance a fund to be known as the "maternal depression fund".
15 2. The fund shall consist of all monies appropriated for its purpose,
16 and all monies required by any provision of law to be paid into or cred-
17 ited to such fund. Nothing contained herein shall prevent the department
18 of health from receiving grants, gifts or bequests for the purposes of
19 the fund as defined in this section and depositing them into the fund
20 according to law.
21 3. Monies shall be payable from the fund on the audit and warrant of
22 the state comptroller on vouchers approved and certified by the commis-
23 sioner of health.
EXPLANATION--Matter in italics (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
 is old law to be omitted.
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1 § 3. The sum of twenty million dollars ($20,000,000) is hereby appro-
2 priated to the department of health out of any moneys in the state trea-
3 sury in the general fund to the credit of the state purposes account,
4 not otherwise appropriated, and made immediately available, for the
5 purpose of carrying out the provisions of this act. Such moneys shall be
6 payable on the audit and warrant of the comptroller on vouchers certi-
7 fied or approved by the commissioner of health in the manner prescribed
8 by law.
9 § 4. This act shall take effect immediately.