Senator Kemp Hannon
6th District New York
New Law Protects Individuals with Special Needs

New York State has just taken another major step forward in its efforts to help tens of thousands of New York families who have a loved one with special needs.

The Governor has signed into law a landmark measure that will transform how New Yorkers with special needs and disabilities are protected.  This new statute, which I voted for, establishes the strongest standards and practices in the nation for protecting individuals in state operated, certified or licensed facilities and programs.

The initiative creates a Justice Center for the Protection of People with Special Needs, a new entity that will cut across bureaucratic lines and have as its primary purpose and responsibility the protection of the health, safety and welfare of vulnerable persons.  The law also strengthens and standardizes the safeguards for vulnerable children and adults who receive care from New York’s human services agencies and programs.

I have always felt that we have an obligation to help our society’s most vulnerable citizens.  That means protecting them from abuse and neglect, and ensuring that those with special needs receive the highest quality of care, support and assistance.

These critically important goals are precisely what this landmark new law will help to achieve.


To learn more about the Justice Center for the Protection of People with Special Needs, click here.

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