Policy And Advocacy Resources 

(updated 5/22/17)

Tim Hathaway discusses prevention on WAMC

In advance of the 22nd Annual NYS Child Abuse Prevention Conference, Tim Hathaway discussed the importance of professional development and its impact on prevention with WAMC: http://wamc.org/post/child-abuse-prevention-conference-being-held-albany 

Advocacy Action Item: MIECHV Sign-On Letter


Please join us in a letter to the NYS Congressional Delegation in support of MIECHV. The full text of the letter is detailed through the link below. If you would like to sign your organization on, please complete the form that is there as well. For any questions, contact Jenn O'Connor at joconnor@preventchildabuseny.org. 

Sign on to the letter here: http://bit.ly/2qFzn6t

Advocacy Action Item: Conversion Therapy


Call Your Senator and Senate Leadership This Week in Support of Legislation (S.263) to Prohibit So-Called "Conversion Therapy" for Minors.

Prevent Child Abuse New York (PCANY) understands that conversion therapy is child abuse.

Please call: (1) Your Senator - To find out who your Senator is, enter your address at: https://www.nysenate.gov/find-my-senator. Call the Senate switchboard at (518) 455-2800 and ask to be connected to your Senator's office.

Also, please call the following Senate and Committee Leaders and urge that they bring the bill up for a vote before the end of the session: (2) Senate Majority Leader John Flanagan - (518) 455-2071; (3) Senate Independent Democratic Conference Leader Jeff Klein - Albany Office Number: (518) 455-3595; (4) Senate Democratic Conference Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins - Albany Office Number: (518) 455-2585; (5) Senator Robert Ortt, Chair of the Senate Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities Committee - The bill is currently pending in the Senator's Committee - Albany Office Number: (518) 455-2024.

PCANY supports this legislation for two reasons:

1) The American Psychological Association (APA) does not support its own members practicing conversion therapy. In 2007, a task force of the APA undertook a thorough review of the existing research on the efficacy of conversion therapy. The APA's report noted that there was very little methodologically sound research on sexual orientation change efforts (SOCEs) and that the "results of scientifically valid research indicate that it is unlikely that individuals will be able to reduce same-sex attractions or increase other-sex sexual attractions through SOCE."

2) There is ample evidence that societal prejudice (including the practice of conversion therapy) causes significant medical, psychological and other harms to LGBTQ people."

There are four types of child abuse: physical abuse, emotional abuse, sexual abuse and neglect. Conversion therapy clearly falls within the realm of emotional abuse.

Research shows that young people who are not accepted or who are persecuted for their sexual orientation are eight times more likely to attempt suicide and nearly six times as likely to report high levels of depression. We must not allow mental health professionals to add to the stigma and emotional distress experienced by these children and youth.



PCANY Speaks Out Against Executive Order

_Religious Liberty_ statement .docx

Advocacy Action Item: Revised AHCA 

(April 28) Revised AHCA would be devastating for families. The revised AHCA will still cap the amount the federal government will pay New York for delivering Medicaid services.  These provisions that would end the federal government’s commitment to a federal share of Medicaid that covers the actual cost of providing services for eligible people.  This would be devastating for families who rely on these services. HELP US ADVOCATE FOR THESE FAMILIES! Follow this link for full instructions: Action Item- Revised AHCA Legislation.docx

Tim Hathaway, Executive Director of Prevent Child Abuse New York joins New York Children’s Advocates in statement regarding NYS budget: “Families with inadequate and unstable child care (especially families that are more at-risk to begin with) experience an unnecessary level of stress – a root cause of child abuse. Child care strengthens families by providing them not only with peace of mind but with the ability to work and provide for their children. Any cut to subsidies for low-income families threatens this stability.” Child Care-Foster Care Sign-on Post budget statement-4-10-17 (1).pdf

Prevent Child Abuse New York supports protecting health coverage for NYS children and families. http://bit.ly/2m6re8d

Prevent Child Abuse New York supports S.809 legislation to end statute of limitations on child sexual abuse. Eliminating_Statute_of_Limitations_S.809.pdf

Prevent Child Abuse New York Executive Director Tim Hathaway testifies in support of primary prevention at legislative budget hearing.   PCANY Health Testimony.docx 

Prevent Child Abuse Director of Policy and Advocacy Jenn O'Connor testifies about the critical importance of home visiting and child care--and their role in prevention.  http://bit.ly/2kQWFme

PCANY Official Policy and Advocacy Positions for 2017

“Prevent Child Abuse New York takes an official position on issues vital to the well-being of New York State’s children and families,” said Tim Hathaway, Executive Director.

To that end, they have set their policy agenda for 2017, with a focus detailed in seven position papers. The papers focus on economic stability; housing; maternal, infant and early childhood home visiting; child care; reproductive health; and adverse childhood experiences (ACEs).

“We must address the root causes of abuse—the factors that contribute to stress and unhealthy manifestations of pressure and tension,” Hathaway said. “It is not the responsibility of government to raise children, but it is in the State’s best interest to help strengthen families by helping them create more stable environments in which to raise those children.”

“Together, we can turn the root causes of abuse into the strong roots a family needs to succeed.”

For more information, please read the position papers found at the links below and join the discussion on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/preventchildabuseny/ or on Twitter (@PCA_NY).

For detailed questions, resources or to schedule an interview, please contact Jenn O'Connor, Director of Policy and Advocacy at 445-1273. x. 104 or joconnor@preventchildabuseny.org 

PCANY Policy Position:Overall Frame.docx

PCANY Policy Position:Primary Prevention.docx

PCANY Policy Position:Economic Stability.docx

PCANY Policy Position:Housing.docx

PCANY Policy Position:Home Visiting.docx

PCANY Policy Position:Child Care.docx

PCANY Policy Position:Reproductive Health.docx

PCANY Policy Position:ACES.docx

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