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File #: Int 1635-2017    Version: Name: HRA job centers.
Type: Introduction Status: Enacted
Committee: Committee on General Welfare
On agenda: 6/6/2017
Enactment date: 12/31/2017 Law number: 2018/020
Title: A Local Law to amend the administrative code of the city of New York, in relation to HRA job centers
Sponsors: Corey D. Johnson, Vincent J. Gentile, Ben Kallos, Carlos Menchaca
Council Member Sponsors: 4
Summary: The proposed bill would require the Department of Social Services to create and issue a job center “appointment receipt” for all individuals who visit job centers. The appointment receipt would include any documents received by the agency from the visitor, the reason for the visit, and a time stamp indicating the time and date a visitor was present at the job center. The bill would require the department to post to its website a monthly report of the average constituent wait times at each job center. The bill would further require the department to display in job centers information on how to make a complaint and would require the department to issue a tracking number to track the status of a complaint.
Indexes: Agency Rule-making Required, Oversight, Report Required
Attachments: 1. Summary of Int. No. 1635-A, 2. Summary of Int. No. 1635, 3. Int. No. 1635, 4. June 6, 2017 - Stated Meeting Agenda with Links to Files, 5. Committee Report 6/27/17, 6. Hearing Testimony 6/27/17, 7. Hearing Transcript 6/27/17, 8. Proposed Int. No. 1635-A - 11/9/17, 9. Committee Report 11/29/17, 10. Hearing Transcript 11/29/17, 11. November 30, 2017 - Stated Meeting Agenda with Links to Files, 12. Hearing Transcript - Stated Meeting 11-30-17, 13. Minutes of the Stated Meeting - November 30, 2017, 14. Int. No. 1635-A (FINAL), 15. Fiscal Impact Statement, 16. Legislative Documents - Letter to the Mayor, 17. Local Law 20
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Int. No. 1635-A

 

By Council Members Johnson, Gentile, Kallos and Menchaca

 

A Local Law to amend the administrative code of the city of New York, in relation to HRA job centers

 

Be it enacted by the Council as follows:

 

Section 1. Chapter 1 of title 21 of the administrative code of the city of New York is amended by adding a new section 21-139 to read as follows:

§ 21-139 Requirements for job centers. a. Definitions. For purposes of this section, the following terms have the following meanings:

Appointment receipt. The term “appointment receipt” means a document given to all checked-in visitors at a job center who complete an appointment and that reflects the date of the visit, the reason for the visit, and the name and telephone number of the center that was visited.

Checked-in. The term “checked-in” means that a visitor has made initial contact with the department at a job center, either through a self-service kiosk or with a staff member responsible for keeping track of visitors, and has made such contact so that the department has a record, either written or electronic, of such visitor’s time of arrival at such job center and the reason for their visit.

Job center. The term “job center” means any location designated by the department as a job center where individuals can complete an application for cash assistance in person.

Visitor. The term “visitor” means any individual who, by prior appointment or walk-in, enters a job center to apply for public assistance, to receive assistance for an open public assistance case, or to receive assistance for a closed public assistance case.

Wait time. The term “wait time” means the amount of time a visitor spends waiting to be called for assistance after such visitor has checked-in to a job center. Wait time begins at the start of the visitor’s checked-in time, and ends when a visitor is called to begin an appointment.

b. The department shall issue an appointment receipt to all visitors who have checked-in at a job center and completed an appointment.

c. The department shall make available, through an online portal, to each person applying for cash assistance or supplemental nutrition assistance program benefits: (i) such person’s scheduled appointments relating to cash assistance and eligibility for supplemental nutrition assistance program benefits; (ii) documents indexed to such person’s case within the past 60 days; and (iii) such person’s application and case status.

d. Not later than January 31, 2018, and within 45 days after the end of every month thereafter, the department shall post on its website a report of the average wait time during the preceding month for a visitor at each job center.

e. The department shall post a sign, in a form and manner as prescribed by the rules of the commissioner, in one or more visible locations inside every job center. Such sign shall include information regarding a visitor’s right to make a complaint and instructions on how to make a complaint by phone or online.

f. The department shall provide a tracking number to any visitor who initiates a complaint relating to a visit to a job center. Such tracking number shall track the status of a complaint from initiation to disposition.

§ 2. This local law takes effect immediately.

 

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