Requires hospitals to develop written policies for identifying, assessing, treating and referring confirmed or suspected cases of domestic violence. The NYS Department of Health will work with OPDV to develop a model policy that hospitals can utilize. The hospitals must inform victims of the availability of resources and provide them with the opportunity to meet with an advocate in the hospital. All hospital employees must be trained on the policies, and the hospitals must each designate a coordinator who will work with local victim assistance providers to connect the victim with resources.
Signed: December 23,2019 Chapter 733
Effective: January 1, 2020
Amends: creates new Public Health Law § 2805-z
Hospitals that have maternity/newborn services and diagnostic and treatment centers that offer prenatal care services (health centers, Planned Parenthoods, some HMO's, etc) are required to disseminate to all patients at prenatal visits or at post-delivery, a notice regarding family violence. This notice, to be developed by the Department of Health in consultation with the Office for the Prevention of Domestic Violence and the Office of Children and Family Services (formerly DSS), will provide information about the effects of child abuse/maltreatment and domestic violence and services available to women and children experiencing such violence.
Signed: 1997 Chapter 271
Effective: January 28, 1998
Amends: Public Health Law §2803-p