S.1858-B, Bonacic / A.3088-B, Abinanti: In relation to authorizing summer camps to hire certain licensed professionals to provide services

Published on June 7th, 2018

Memorandum of Support

The New York State Catholic Conference supports this legislation that allows children’s overnight camps, summer day camps, and traveling summer day camps which serve children with special needs to contract with certain specified licensed health care professionals in order to better serve the mental and physical needs of children during their summer camp experience.

The State Education Department currently prohibits any licensed professional from practicing their profession while under the supervision of a non-licensed professional in that particular field. Chapter 214 of the Laws of 2012 partially remedied this issue by allowing camps to employ a physician, nurse practitioner, physician assistant, registered nurse, or licensed practical nurse or EMT.

This bill would permit camps to employ social workers, other mental health care professionals, and physical therapists to serve children with special needs at summer camps. Not allowing children’s camps to hire licensed professionals specially trained in these areas does a disservice to our children.

The New York State Catholic Conference supports this legislation to allow camps to offer the best possible service available to children that need them during their summer camp experience.

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