NY Senate passes Metzger’s summer camp bill

Posted 2/26/20

ALBANY NY — On February 21, the New York State Senate passed Sen. Jen Metzger’s bill that would permit children’s summer camps—including camps for children with developmental …

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NY Senate passes Metzger’s summer camp bill

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ALBANY NY — On February 21, the New York State Senate passed Sen. Jen Metzger’s bill that would permit children’s summer camps—including camps for children with developmental disabilities and for children who have experienced emotional trauma—to hire licensed social workers, physical therapists, mental healthcare professionals, occupational therapists and other licensed professionals.

“Summer camp can be an incredible experience for kids, but we have to recognize that many children need additional support to truly flourish at camp, just as they do in school,” said Metzger. “This legislation will ensure that children with physical and mental health needs can access the care they need to thrive and enjoy camp to the fullest.”

New York State Camp Directors Association (NYSCDA) has advocated that the current law, excluding mental health professionals from the list of permissible services a regulated day and overnight camp may engage on behalf of camp attendees, is outdated and makes campers less safe.

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