Jonathan's Law makes several important changes to state law. In particular, the new law will:
- Require residential hygiene facilities to provide parents and guardians with telephone notification within 24 hours of incidents affecting the health and safety of their children;
- Require such facilities to provide parents and guardians with a redacted incident report upon request; Require facility directors to meet with parents and guardians to discuss reported incidents;
- Require facility directors to provide parents and guardians with written reports of actions taken in response to the incidents; and
- Grant parents and guardians full access to records and documents pertaining to allegations and investigations into patient abuse or mistreatment, with redaction of patient and staff names.
The bill will also increase penalties to $1,000 per day or a maximum of $15,000 per violation for facilities licensed by OMRDD that fail to comply with applicable rules and regulations.
The Albany Times Union carried an article in its May 6 Sunday edition.
The bill text can be accessed here .
The law was opposed by the New York State Rehabilitation Association.
Update 5/10/2007: The enacted law is Chapter 24 of the Laws of 2007.