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File #: Int 0753-2012    Version: Name: Requiring the department of health and mental hygiene to track and report deaths of homeless persons in the NYC.
Type: Introduction Status: Enacted
Committee: Committee on Health
On agenda: 1/18/2012
Enactment date: 2/16/2012 Law number: 2012/007
Title: A Local Law to amend the administrative code of the city of New York and local law number 63 for the year 2005, relating to tracking and reporting by the department of health and mental hygiene, in relation to requiring such department to track and report deaths of homeless persons in the city of New York.
Sponsors: Annabel Palma, Gale A. Brewer, Fernando Cabrera , Margaret S. Chin, Leroy G. Comrie, Jr., Elizabeth S. Crowley, Inez E. Dickens, Daniel Dromm , Lewis A. Fidler, Letitia James, Karen Koslowitz, Brad S. Lander, Stephen T. Levin, Melissa Mark-Viverito, Rosie Mendez, James Vacca, Jumaane D. Williams, Ruben Wills, Sara M. Gonzalez, Albert Vann, Ydanis A. Rodriguez, Mathieu Eugene, Deborah L. Rose, Maria Del Carmen Arroyo, Domenic M. Recchia, Jr., James G. Van Bramer, Robert Jackson, Julissa Ferreras-Copeland, Jessica S. Lappin, G. Oliver Koppell, Darlene Mealy, Charles Barron, Daniel R. Garodnick, James Sanders, Jr.
Council Member Sponsors: 34
Attachments: 1. Int. No. 753 - 1/18/12, 2. Committee Report 1/24/12, 3. Hearing Testimony 1/24/12, 4. Hearing Transcript 1/24/12, 5. Committee Report 1/31/12, 6. Hearing Transcript 1/31/12, 7. Fiscal Impact Statement, 8. Hearing Transcript - Stated Meeting 2-1-12, 9. Mayor's Letter, 10. Local Law
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2/16/2012AAnnabel Palma City Council Recved from Mayor by Council  Action details Meeting details Not available
2/16/2012AAnnabel Palma Mayor Signed Into Law by Mayor  Action details Meeting details Not available
2/16/2012AAnnabel Palma Mayor Hearing Held by Mayor  Action details Meeting details Not available
2/1/2012AAnnabel Palma City Council Sent to Mayor by Council  Action details Meeting details Not available
2/1/2012AAnnabel Palma City Council Approved by CouncilPass Action details Meeting details Not available
1/31/2012*Annabel Palma Committee on Health Hearing Held by Committee  Action details Meeting details Not available
1/31/2012*Annabel Palma Committee on Health Amendment Proposed by Comm  Action details Meeting details Not available
1/31/2012*Annabel Palma Committee on Health Amended by Committee  Action details Meeting details Not available
1/31/2012AAnnabel Palma Committee on Health Approved by CommitteePass Action details Meeting details Not available
1/24/2012*Annabel Palma Committee on General Welfare Laid Over by Committee  Action details Meeting details Not available
1/24/2012*Annabel Palma Committee on General Welfare Hearing Held by Committee  Action details Meeting details Not available
1/24/2012*Annabel Palma Committee on Health Laid Over by Committee  Action details Meeting details Not available
1/24/2012*Annabel Palma Committee on Health Hearing Held by Committee  Action details Meeting details Not available
1/18/2012*Annabel Palma City Council Introduced by Council  Action details Meeting details Not available
1/18/2012*Annabel Palma City Council Referred to Comm by Council  Action details Meeting details Not available
Int. No. 753-A
 
By Council Members Palma, Brewer, Cabrera, Chin, Comrie Jr., Crowley, Dickens, Dromm, Fidler, James, Koslowitz, Lander, Levin, Mark-Viverito, Mendez, Vacca, Williams, Wills, Gonzalez, Vann, Rodriguez, Eugene, Rose, Arroyo, Recchia, Van Bramer, Jackson, Ferreras, Lappin, Koppell, Mealy, Barron, Garodnick and Sanders Jr.
 
 
A Local Law to amend the administrative code of the city of New York and local law number 63 for the year 2005, relating to tracking and reporting by the department of health and mental hygiene, in relation to requiring such department to track and report deaths of homeless persons in the city of New York.
 
 
Be it enacted by the Council as follows:
 
Section 1.  Declaration of legislative findings and intent.  In 2005, at the time Local Law 63 was enacted, Department of Homeless Services (DHS) reports indicated that there were approximately 35,000 people living in the shelter system.  According to DHS data from December 2011, nearly 40,000 homeless men, women and children were residing in the shelter system, including approximately 17,000 children.  Furthermore, according to DHS's most recent estimate, as of January 2011 more than 2,600 people were unsheltered.  Prior to the enactment of Local Law 63, the City did not report how many deaths occur within the homeless population, where they occur, or the causes behind them.  Local Law 63, by its own terms, was deemed repealed on January 30, 2012.   The Council finds that in order to meet the needs of homeless New Yorkers, whose numbers have increased in recent years, the City needs to extend existing legislation requiring the periodic gathering of information regarding deaths of homeless people.  Tracking and reporting these deaths helps the City better understand the challenges faced by homeless persons in New York City, and assists in the creation of policies and programs designed to safeguard such persons and prevent future unnecessary deaths.
§ 2. Subdivisions b and c of section 17-190 of the administrative code of the city of New York are amended to read as follows:
b. [Reports] Annual report regarding deaths of homeless persons and homeless shelter residents. 1. The department shall, [on] by January first, April first, July first and October first of each year[, beginning on January first, two thousand six, submit a report to the council indicating] collect information as necessary to comply with the provisions of paragraph 3 of this subdivision regarding the incidence of deaths of homeless persons and homeless shelter residents during the quarter year which began on the first day of the sixth month preceding the month [in] by which the [report] information is required to be [filed] collected.  [Subject to paragraph 3 of this subdivision, such quarterly report shall include, at a minimum, (i) the number of homeless persons who died during the reporting quarter for whom there was an investigation by the office of the chief medical examiner as required pursuant to section 557 of the charter, the number of homeless shelter residents who died during such quarter and, to the extent such information is readily available, the number of other homeless persons who died during such quarter; (ii) the community board district where each such decedent died, disaggregated within each such district by whether the death occurred outdoors, in a hospital, in a nursing home and/or other residential health care facility, in a homeless shelter, or, to the extent such information is available, in another facility, residence or other type of location, provided, however, that the location of decedents who died in a residence operated by or on behalf of the department of social services/human resources administration which is available primarily for homeless persons with HIV or AIDS related illness shall be provided by borough; (iii) an indication as to whether the decedent was known to be living in a homeless shelter at the time of death and the community board district in which such homeless shelter is located, provided however, that the location of the residence of decedents known to be living in a homeless shelter operated by or on behalf of the department of social services/human resources administration which is available primarily for homeless persons with HIV or AIDS related illness shall be provided by borough; and (iv) the age or approximate age and gender of each such decedent; provided, however, that in cases where the identity of a decedent is unknown or in cases where it is unknown whether such decedent was a homeless person or a homeless shelter resident, the department shall provide the information required by this paragraph during the quarter that such information becomes available, as well as the date or approximate date such death occurred.]
2. In addition to the collection of quarterly [reports] information required pursuant to this subdivision, the department shall, subject to paragraph [3] 4 of this subdivision, submit an annual report to the council and the mayor by January fifteenth of each year, (i) summarizing and aggregating, as well as updating and amending if necessary, the information collected in the immediately preceding four [quarterly reports] quarter years for which information was collected pursuant to paragraph 1 of this subdivision; and (ii) indicating the causes of death for all deaths in such report disaggregated by cause, including, but not limited to, how many such deaths were related to exposure to outdoor conditions.
3. Such report shall also include, at a minimum, (i) the number of homeless persons who died during the preceding year, disaggregated by month, for whom there was an investigation by the office of chief medical examiner as required pursuant to section 557 of the charter, the number of homeless shelter residents who died during the preceding year, disaggregated by month, and, to the extent such information is readily available, the number of other homeless persons who died during the preceding year, disaggregated by month; (ii) the community board district where each such decedent died, disaggregated within each such district by whether the death occurred outdoors, in a hospital, in a nursing home and/or other residential health care facility, in a homeless shelter, or, to the extent such information is available, in another facility, residence or other type of location, provided, however, that the location of decedents who died in a residence operated by or on behalf of the department of social services/human resources administration which is available primarily for homeless persons with HIV or AIDS related illness shall be provided by borough; (iii) an indication as to whether the decedent was known to be living in a homeless shelter at the time of death and the community board district in which such homeless shelter is located, provided, however, that the location of the residence of decedents known to be living in a homeless shelter operated by or on behalf of the department of social services/human resources administration which is available primarily for homeless persons with HIV or AIDS related illness shall be provided by borough; and (iv) the age or approximate age and gender of each such decedent; provided, however, that in cases where the identity of a decedent is unknown or in cases where it is unknown whether such decedent was a homeless person or a homeless shelter resident, the department shall provide the information required by this paragraph during the year that such information becomes available, as well as the date or approximate date such death occurred.  
4. The department may withhold information from [a quarterly or] an annual report about an individual decedent otherwise required pursuant to this subdivision to the extent that such withholding is necessary to avoid disclosing the identity of such decedent, provided that the department shall specify when such information is withheld and shall report all other information about such decedent that will not reveal the identity of such decedent.
[4.] 5. In each [quarterly and] annual report required pursuant to this subdivision, the department shall describe the methodologies used to identify homeless persons and homeless shelter residents and provide an analysis of the reliability and validity of such methodologies.
[5.] 6. The quarterly information and annual reports required pursuant to this subdivision shall be made available to any member of the public upon request.
c. Rules. [By December fifteenth, 2005, the] The department after public hearings shall promulgate such rules as are necessary to implement the provisions of this section.
§ 3.  Section 4 of local law number 63 for the year 2005 is amended to read as follows:
§ 4. Effective date. This local law shall take effect immediately after its enactment into law [and shall be deemed repealed on January 30, 2012].
§ 4.  This local law shall take effect immediately and shall be deemed to have been in full force and effect on and after January 30, 2012.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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