File #: Int 0472-2022    Version: Name: Establishing a program in the department of health and mental hygiene to train doulas and provide doula services to residents in all five boroughs.
Type: Introduction Status: Enacted
Committee: Committee on Health
On agenda: 6/2/2022
Enactment date: 9/6/2022 Law number: 2022/085
Title: A Local Law in relation to establishing a program in the department of health and mental hygiene to train doulas and provide doula services to residents in all five boroughs
Sponsors: Jennifer Gutiérrez, Farah N. Louis, Crystal Hudson, Shahana K. Hanif, Selvena N. Brooks-Powers, Gale A. Brewer, Sandy Nurse, Sandra Ung, Darlene Mealy, Marjorie Velázquez, Carmen N. De La Rosa, Althea V. Stevens, Julie Menin, Nantasha M. Williams, Lynn C. Schulman, Eric Dinowitz, Amanda Farías, Pierina Ana Sanchez, Kristin Richardson Jordan, Tiffany Cabán, Kevin C. Riley, Alexa Avilés, Shaun Abreu, Lincoln Restler, Julie Won, Mercedes Narcisse, Diana I. Ayala, Carlina Rivera , Christopher Marte, Kamillah Hanks, James F. Gennaro, Adrienne E. Adams, (in conjunction with the Brooklyn Borough Presiden
Council Member Sponsors: 32
Summary: This bill would require the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH) to establish a doula program to train doulas and provide doula services to residents of marginalized neighborhoods in all five boroughs at no cost to the resident. This bill would also require the DOHMH commissioner to submit a report to the Mayor and the Speaker of the City Council on the merits of the program.
Indexes: Report Required, Sunset Date Applies
Attachments: 1. Summary of Int. No. 472-A, 2. Summary of Int. No. 472, 3. Int. No. 472, 4. June 2, 2022 - Stated Meeting Agenda, 5. Hearing Transcript - Stated Meeting 6-2-22, 6. Minutes of the Stated Meeting - June 2, 2022, 7. Committee Report 6/29/22, 8. Hearing Testimony 6/29/22, 9. Hearing Transcript 6/29/22, 10. Proposed Int. No. 472-A - 8/4/22, 11. Committee Report 8/10/22, 12. Hearing Transcript 8/10/22, 13. Committee Report - Stated Meeting, 14. August 11, 2022 - Stated Meeting Agenda, 15. Hearing Transcript - Stated Meeting 8-11-22, 16. Int. No. 472-A (FINAL), 17. Fiscal Impact Statement, 18. Mayor's Letter, 19. Local Law 85, 20. Minutes of the Stated Meeting - August 11, 2022
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9/9/2022AJennifer Gutiérrez City Council Recved from Mayor by Council  Action details Meeting details Not available
9/6/2022AJennifer Gutiérrez Mayor Signed Into Law by Mayor  Action details Meeting details Not available
9/6/2022AJennifer Gutiérrez Mayor Bill Signing Scheduled by Mayor  Action details Meeting details Not available
8/29/2022AJennifer Gutiérrez Mayor Hearing Held by Mayor  Action details Meeting details Not available
8/11/2022AJennifer Gutiérrez City Council Sent to Mayor by Council  Action details Meeting details Not available
8/11/2022AJennifer Gutiérrez City Council Approved by CouncilPass Action details Meeting details Not available
8/10/2022*Jennifer Gutiérrez Committee on Health Hearing Held by Committee  Action details Meeting details Not available
8/10/2022*Jennifer Gutiérrez Committee on Health Amendment Proposed by Comm  Action details Meeting details Not available
8/10/2022*Jennifer Gutiérrez Committee on Health Amended by Committee  Action details Meeting details Not available
8/10/2022AJennifer Gutiérrez Committee on Health Approved by CommitteePass Action details Meeting details Not available
6/29/2022*Jennifer Gutiérrez Committee on Hospitals Laid Over by Committee  Action details Meeting details Not available
6/29/2022*Jennifer Gutiérrez Committee on Hospitals Hearing Held by Committee  Action details Meeting details Not available
6/29/2022*Jennifer Gutiérrez Committee on Health Laid Over by Committee  Action details Meeting details Not available
6/29/2022*Jennifer Gutiérrez Committee on Health Hearing Held by Committee  Action details Meeting details Not available
6/2/2022*Jennifer Gutiérrez City Council Referred to Comm by Council  Action details Meeting details Not available
6/2/2022*Jennifer Gutiérrez City Council Introduced by Council  Action details Meeting details Not available

Int. No. 472-A

 

By Council Members Gutiérrez, Louis, Hudson, Hanif, Brooks-Powers, Brewer, Nurse, Ung, Mealy, Velázquez, De La Rosa, Stevens, Menin, Williams, Schulman, Dinowitz, Farías, Sanchez, Richardson Jordan, Cabán, Riley, Avilés, Abreu, Restler, Won, Narcisse, Ayala, Rivera, Marte, Hanks, Gennaro and The Speaker (Council Member Adams) (in conjunction with the Brooklyn Borough President)

 

A Local Law in relation to establishing a program in the department of health and mental hygiene to train doulas and provide doula services to residents in all five boroughs

 

Be it enacted by the Council as follows:

 

Section 1. a. Definitions. For the purposes of this local law, the following terms have the following meanings:

Commissioner. The term “commissioner” means the commissioner of health and mental hygiene.

Doula. The term “doula” has the same meaning as such term is defined in section 17-199.10 of the administrative code.

§ 2. No later than October 1, 2022, the commissioner shall establish a program to train doulas and provide doula services to residents of marginalized neighborhoods in all five boroughs at no cost to the resident. Such program shall provide for continuing doula care, and include no fewer than 50 doulas. Doulas will be trained in subject matters including, but not limited to, birth equity, trauma-informed care, perinatal mood and anxiety disorders, navigating the hospital environment and support services available to low-income birthing people and their families. The provision of such doula services shall also include providing information regarding supportive services as a doula deems it appropriate. 

§ 3. Such program shall continue until June 30, 2024, and may continue past that date at the sole discretion of the commissioner, based on factors including but not limited to the public health efficacy of the program and the allocation of sufficient funds.

§ 4. No later than June 30, 2024, the commissioner shall submit to the mayor and the speaker of the council and post online a report on this program. The report shall include, but not be limited to: (i) the number and type of doulas trained through the program; (ii) an overview of topics covered in such doula training; (iii) the number of individuals served by doulas involved in the program; (iv) a list of the zip codes that such individuals live in, provided that such information would not reasonably identify any such individual; (v) an evaluation of the benefits of the program and how such benefits were measured or evaluated; (vi) an overview of challenges or lessons learned from the program, and (vii) recommendations as to whether and how such program should continue or be expanded.

§ 5. This local law takes effect immediately.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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LS 8366/9393

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