Joe Robach and the New York State Senate passed legislation recently that would modify current reporting procedures involving the abuse of children in residential care.
The measure (S.6563) guarantees that reports of certain abuse will be immediately forwarded to law enforcement. The passage of this legislation comes amidst the latest announcement by Governor Andrew Cuomo of his proposal to establish the Justice Center for the Protection of Persons with Special Needs. Joe Robach knows that this Senate legislation will provide an important protection for children in residential care by ensuring that reports of abuse or neglect are promptly given to law enforcement for investigation.
Currently, when there is a reported case of abuse or neglect of a child in residential care, the initial case is forwarded to a state agency for investigation rather than law enforcement. As a result, the agencies that have complaints in their facilities have the power to investigate such complaints and have a sixty day timeframe to forward reports to law enforcement if it appears that a crime has been committed. This procedure lends itself to precious time being lost on an investigation, the potential for lost evidence, and can ultimately compromise the success of the investigation as well as the welfare of the child. Joe Robach and the Senate know that this bill would rectify this lapse in time with an immediate notification process for certain cases of abuse.
The bill will be sent to the Assembly. For more information on this New York Senate bill, please contact Joe Robach’s office.