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File #: Int 1717-2019    Version: * Name: Regarding demographic information of parents and children at each step in child welfare system and a plan to address racial and income disparities.
Type: Introduction Status: Committee
Committee: Committee on General Welfare
On agenda: 9/25/2019
Enactment date: Law number:
Title: A Local Law to amend the administrative code of the city of New York, in relation to information regarding demographic information of parents and children at each step in child welfare system and a plan to address racial and income disparities
Sponsors: Alicka Ampry-Samuel , Stephen T. Levin, Margaret S. Chin, Vanessa L. Gibson, Diana Ayala , Robert E. Cornegy, Jr., Brad S. Lander
Council Member Sponsors: 7
Summary: This bill would require the Administration for Children’s Services (ACS) to report on various demographic information including race, ethnicity and income levels of parents and children at every step of the child welfare system and to create a plan to address any disparities identifies as a result of such reporting.
Indexes: Report Required
Attachments: 1. Summary of Int. No. 1717, 2. Int. No. 1717, 3. September 25, 2019 - Stated Meeting Agenda with Links to Files, 4. Hearing Transcript - Stated Meeting 9-25-19

Int. No. 1717

 

By Council Members Ampry-Samuel, Levin, Chin, Gibson, Ayala, Cornegy and Lander

 

A Local Law to amend the administrative code of the city of New York, in relation to information regarding demographic information of parents and children at each step in child welfare system and a plan to address racial and income disparities

 

Be it enacted by the Council as follows:

 

Section 1. Chapter 9 of title 21 of the administrative code of the city of New York is amended by adding a new section 21-919 to read as follows:

§ 21-919 Demographic reporting and plan to address disparities. a. Definitions. For purposes of this section, the following terms have the following meanings:

Demographic information. The term “demographic information” means race or ethnicity, gender, income level, and any other category ACS deems relevant.

Step in the child welfare system. The term “step in child welfare system” includes, but is not limited to, when a report is accepted by the state central register and triggers an investigation, when ACS assigns a case to a child protective specialist, when an ACS investigation results in a case being determined indicated, when an ACS investigation results in a case being unfounded, when a child is removed from a home prior to a court hearing, when ACS requires preventive services in a family, and any other instance which ACS deems relevant.

b. Beginning July 1, 2020, and annually on July 1 thereafter, ACS shall submit to the mayor and speaker of the council and post on its website information regarding demographic information of parents and children at every step in the child welfare system. Such report shall include, but need not be limited to:

1. The total number of parents at each step in the child welfare system, disaggregated by race or ethnicity, gender, income level, and any other category ACS deems relevant; and

2. The total number of children at each step in the child welfare system, disaggregated by race or ethnicity, gender, income level, and any other category ACS deems relevant.

c. Plan to address disparities. Not later than January 1, 2021, ACS shall create a plan to address any disparate outcomes identified based on demographic information reported pursuant to subdivision b of this section and shall submit to the mayor and the speaker of the council such plan.

d. No later than January 1, 2022, and no later than July 1 every two years thereafter, ACS shall report to the mayor and the speaker of the council on efforts it has undertaken to implement the plan created pursuant to subdivision c of this section. Such reports shall be made publicly available on ACS’s website.

                     e. No information that is otherwise required to be collected and reported pursuant to this section shall be collected and reported in a manner that would violate any applicable provision of federal, state or local law relating to the privacy of  information or that would interfere with law enforcement investigations or otherwise conflict with the interests of law enforcement.                     

§ 2. This local law takes effect immediately.

 

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LS 8787/12055

8/16/19