Introduction 1620-2017 School Health Reporting Acting

Date of Introduction: 
05/24/2017
Legislative Status: 
Committee: 
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Plain English Summary: 

This bill would require the Department of Education (DOE) to report to the Council and post publicly on DOE’s website a report regarding certain health services offered to students in city schools, specifically dental services, vision services, HPV vaccinations, contraception, and substance abuse counseling. The bill would also require DOE to report on outcomes for schools that offer such services compared with schools that do not. The report would be required annually, starting November 1, 2017

Legislative Text: 

A Local Law to amend the administrative code of the city of New York, in relation to reporting by the department of education on services provided in public schools related to dental, vision and sexual health and to substance abuse counseling

 

Be it enacted by the Council as follows:

 

Section 1. Chapter 8 of title 21-a of the administrative code of the city of New York is amended by adding a new section 21-968 to read as follows:

§ 21-968 Annual report on health services provided. a. No later than November 1, 2017, and annually thereafter on November 1, the department shall submit to the council and post on its website a report on the following for each school in the city:

1. Whether the school provides dental services on site, a list of such services, the number of students who received such services during the preceding school year, what portion of the total student body that number constitutes, whether such school charges students for dental services and the amount of any such charge, and the number of students referred off site to receive a dental service;

2. Whether the school provides vision services on site, a list of such services, the number of students who received such services during the preceding school year, what portion of the total student body that number constitutes, whether such school charges students for vision services and the amount of any such charge, and the number of students referred off site to receive a vision service;

3. Whether the school provides vaccinations for the human papillomavirus on site, the number of students who received such vaccinations during the preceding school year, what portion of the total student body that number constitutes, whether such school charges students for such vaccinations and the amount of any such charge, and the number of students referred off site to receive such vaccinations;

4. Whether the school provides contraception to students and, if so, the types of contraception provided, the minimum number of students who were provided contraception directly during the preceding school year, what portion of the total student body that number constitutes, whether the school requires a prescription before providing contraception, whether such school charges students for contraception and the amount of any such charge, and the number of students referred off site to receive contraception; and

5. Whether the school provides substance abuse counseling to students and, if so, the nature of the counseling provided (for example, without limitation, individual counseling, group counseling or family counseling), the number of students who received such services during the preceding school year, what portion of the total student body that number constitutes, the types of substances for which students received substance abuse counseling, whether such school charges students for such counseling and the amount of any such charge, and the number of students referred off site to receive substance abuse counseling.

b. The department shall also include in such report:

1. The steps the department has taken to increase access to the services listed in subdivision a of this section for all students in the city district;

2. Information about any special initiatives the department has proposed or undertaken to increase student use of the services listed in subdivision a of this section, where offered;

3. A list of schools that have been designated to benefit from such special initiatives;

4. A comparison of outcomes for schools that provide services listed in subdivision a of this section with outcomes for schools that do not provide such services, both by individual school and by community school district; and

5. A year-to-year comparison of all data reported pursuant to this section.

c. No information that is otherwise required to be reported pursuant to this section shall be reported in a manner that would violate any applicable provision of federal, state or local law or the New York city health code relating to the privacy of student information or that would interfere with law enforcement investigations or otherwise conflict with the interest of law enforcement. If a category contains between zero and nine students, or allows another category to be narrowed to be between zero and nine students, the number shall be replaced with a symbol.

§ 2. This local law takes effect immediately.

 

WCJ

LS #2342

8/1/2016 10:55 AM

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