Title 1 Care and Protection of Children
Title 2 Powers and Duties of Public Welfare Officials
Title 3 Child Welfare Services
Title 4 Preventive Services for Children and Their Families
Title 4-A Child Welfare Services Planning and Administration
Title 4-B Services; Pregnant Adolescents
Title 5 Day Care for Certain Children
Title 5-A Youth Facilities Improvement Act
Title 5-B Child Care Resource and Referral Program
Title 5-C Block Grant for Child Care
Title 6 Child Protective Services
Title 6-A Home Visiting
Title 7 Day Services for Children and Families
Title 8 State Child Care Review Service
Title 8-A Safe Harbour for Exploited Children Act
Title 9 Subsidies for the Adoption of Children
Title 10 Kinship Guardianship Assistance Program
Title 11 Education Reform Program
Title 12 Family Support Services Programs

Terms Used In New York Laws > Social Services > Article 6

  • abused child: means a child under eighteen years of age and who is defined as an abused child by the family court act;

    2. See N.Y. Social Services Law 412

  • Adjournment sine die: The end of a legislative session "without day." These adjournments are used to indicate the final adjournment of an annual or the two-year session of legislature.
  • Advice and consent: Under the Constitution, presidential nominations for executive and judicial posts take effect only when confirmed by the Senate, and international treaties become effective only when the Senate approves them by a two-thirds vote.
  • Advisory committee: shall mean the committee established by section four hundred forty-three of this title. See N.Y. Social Services Law 441
  • advocate: means an employee of the short-term safe house defined in subdivision two of this section that has been trained to work with and advocate for the needs of sexually exploited children. See N.Y. Social Services Law 447-A
  • Agency: shall mean a not-for-profit corporation or group of not-for-profit corporations. See N.Y. Social Services Law 410-P
  • AIDS home care program: means a coordinated plan of care and services provided at home to persons who are medically eligible for placement in a hospital or residential health care facility and who (a) are diagnosed by a physician as having acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS), or (b) are deemed by a physician, within his judgment, to be infected with the etiologic agent of acquired immune deficiency syndrome, and who has an illness, infirmity or disability which can be reasonably ascertained to be associated with such infection. See N.Y. Public Health Law 3602
  • alcoholism counselor: means any person who has been issued a credential therefor by the office of alcoholism and substance abuse services, pursuant to paragraphs one and two of subdivision (d) of section 19. See N.Y. Social Services Law 412
  • Allegation: something that someone says happened.
  • Amortization: Paying off a loan by regular installments.
  • Annuity: A periodic (usually annual) payment of a fixed sum of money for either the life of the recipient or for a fixed number of years. A series of payments under a contract from an insurance company, a trust company, or an individual. Annuity payments are made at regular intervals over a period of more than one full year.
  • Appraisal: A determination of property value.
  • Attorney-at-law: A person who is legally qualified and licensed to practice law, and to represent and act for clients in legal proceedings.
  • Authorized agency: shall mean an authorized agency as defined in the social services law and, for the purpose of this article, shall include such corporations incorporated or organized under the laws of this state as may be specifically authorized by their certificates of incorporation to receive children for purposes of adoption. See
  • Bail: Security given for the release of a criminal defendant or witness from legal custody (usually in the form of money) to secure his/her appearance on the day and time appointed.
  • Bankruptcy: Refers to statutes and judicial proceedings involving persons or businesses that cannot pay their debts and seek the assistance of the court in getting a fresh start. Under the protection of the bankruptcy court, debtors may discharge their debts, perhaps by paying a portion of each debt. Bankruptcy judges preside over these proceedings.
  • Beneficiary: A person who is entitled to receive the benefits or proceeds of a will, trust, insurance policy, retirement plan, annuity, or other contract. Source: OCC
  • Board: shall mean the medical equipment service agency advisory board created by section thirty-six hundred fifty-five of this article. See N.Y. Public Health Law 3650
  • Board rate: shall mean an amount equal to the monthly payment which has been or would have been made by a social services official, in accordance with section three hundred ninety-eight-a and other provisions of this chapter, for the care and maintenance of the child, if such child had been boarded out in a foster family boarding home. See N.Y. Social Services Law 451
  • Business capital: when used in this chapter shall mean all assets of the unincorporated business other than investment capital, less liabilities of the unincorporated business not deducted from investment capital, except that cash on hand and on deposit shall be treated as investment capital or as business capital as the taxpayer may elect. See N.Y. New York City Administrative Code 11-501
  • Business income: when used in this chapter shall mean unincorporated business entire net income minus investment income. See N.Y. New York City Administrative Code 11-501
  • Cannabinoid: means the phytocannabinoids found in hemp and does not include synthetic cannabinoids as that term is defined in subdivision (g) of schedule I of section thirty-three hundred six of this chapter. See N.Y. Public Health Law 3398
  • Cannabinoid hemp: means any hemp and any product processed or derived from hemp, that is used for human consumption provided that when such product is packaged or offered for retail sale to a consumer, it shall not have a concentration of more than three tenths of a percent delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol. See N.Y. Public Health Law 3398
  • Case law: The law as laid down in cases that have been decided in the decisions of the courts.
  • Certified home health agency: means a home care services agency which possesses a valid certificate of approval issued pursuant to the provisions of this article, or a residential health care facility or hospital possessing a valid operating certificate issued under article twenty-eight of this chapter which is authorized under section thirty-six hundred ten of this article to provide a long term home health care program. See N.Y. Public Health Law 3602
  • Charity: An agency, institution, or organization in existence and operating for the benefit of an indefinite number of persons and conducted for educational, religious, scientific, medical, or other beneficent purposes.
  • Chief judge: The judge who has primary responsibility for the administration of a court but also decides cases; chief judges are determined by seniority.
  • Child: shall mean a person under the age of twenty-one years whose guardianship and custody have been committed to a social services official or a voluntary authorized agency, or whose guardianship and custody have been committed to a certified or approved foster parent pursuant to a court order prior to such person's eighteenth birthday, except as provided in paragraph (g) of subdivision three of section three hundred eighty-four-b of this article and section six hundred thirty-one of the family court act. See N.Y. Social Services Law 451
  • Child: shall mean a person under the age of twenty-one years whose custody, care and custody, or custody and guardianship have been committed to a social services official prior to such person's eighteenth birthday pursuant to section three hundred fifty-eight-a, three hundred eighty-four, three hundred eighty-four-a or three hundred eighty-four-b of this chapter or article three, seven, ten or 10-C of the family court act. See N.Y. Social Services Law 458-A
  • chore services: means the provision of light work or household tasks which do not require the services of a trained homemaker. See N.Y. Public Health Law 3602
  • Commissioner of finance: when used in this chapter shall mean the commissioner of finance of the city. See N.Y. New York City Administrative Code 11-501
  • community-based program: means a program operated by a not-for-profit organization that provides services such as street outreach, voluntary drop-in services, peer counseling, individual counseling, family-therapy and referrals for services such as educational and vocational training and health care. See N.Y. Social Services Law 447-A
  • Construction: means the addition or deletion of services offered; a change in the agency's geographic service area; the erection, building, or substantial acquisition or alteration of a physical structure or equipment; or a substantial change in the method of providing services. See N.Y. Public Health Law 3602
  • Construction: means construction as defined in section thirty-six hundred two of this chapter. See N.Y. Public Health Law 4002
  • Counterclaim: A claim that a defendant makes against a plaintiff.
  • Court reporter: A person who makes a word-for-word record of what is said in court and produces a transcript of the proceedings upon request.
  • day services: shall mean care and treatment for part of the day of one or more children under eighteen years of age and their families in a program which provides to such children and families in accordance with their needs various services such as psychiatric, psychological, social casework, educational, vocational, health, transportation and such other services as may be appropriate. See N.Y. Social Services Law 430
  • Dealer: when used in this chapter shall mean an individual or unincorporated entity that (A) holds or disposes of property that is stock in trade of the taxpayer, inventory or is otherwise held for sale to customers in the ordinary course of the taxpayer's trade or business, or (B) regularly offers to enter into, assume, offset, assign or otherwise terminate positions in property with customers in the ordinary course of the taxpayer's trade or business, provided, however, an individual or unincorporated entity shall not be treated as a dealer based solely on such individual's or entity's ownership of an interest in an entity that is a dealer, and provided, further, that an unincorporated entity shall not be treated as a dealer based solely on the ownership by a dealer of an interest in that unincorporated entity. See N.Y. New York City Administrative Code 11-501
  • Decedent: A deceased person.
  • Decedent: means a deceased individual of any age whose body or part is or may be the source of an anatomical gift. See N.Y. Public Health Law 4300
  • Deed: The legal instrument used to transfer title in real property from one person to another.
  • Department of finance: when used in this chapter shall mean the department of finance of the city. See N.Y. New York City Administrative Code 11-501
  • Deposition: An oral statement made before an officer authorized by law to administer oaths. Such statements are often taken to examine potential witnesses, to obtain discovery, or to be used later in trial.
  • Discovery: Lawyers' examination, before trial, of facts and documents in possession of the opponents to help the lawyers prepare for trial.
  • Disinterested witness: means a witness other than the spouse, domestic partner, child, parent, sibling, grandchild, grandparent, or guardian of the individual who makes, amends, revokes, or refuses to make an anatomical gift, or a close friend, or another adult who is related to the decedent by blood, marriage, or adoption. See N.Y. Public Health Law 4300
  • DNA: means deoxyribonucleic acid. See N.Y. Public Health Law 3221
  • document of gift: includes a statement on a driver's license, identification card, enrollment in a donor registry, or any other anatomical gift document valid pursuant to the laws of this or any other state or of any document of gift valid pursuant to the laws of any other country appearing on a list of countries maintained by the commissioner for such purpose and published on the department's website. See N.Y. Public Health Law 4300
  • Donee: The recipient of a gift.
  • Donee: means an individual or entity authorized to accept an anatomical gift pursuant to section forty-three hundred two of this article. See N.Y. Public Health Law 4300
  • Donor: The person who makes a gift.
  • Donor: means an individual whose body or part is the subject of an anatomical gift. See N.Y. Public Health Law 4300
  • Early childhood services: shall mean services which include, but are not limited to, registered, certified or licensed care in family day care homes, group family day care homes, school-age child care programs; head start programs, day care centers; child care which may be provided without a permit, certificate or registration in accordance with this statute;

    early childhood education programs approved by the state education department; and care provided in a children's camp as defined in section one thousand four hundred of the public health law;

    4. See N.Y. Social Services Law 410-P

  • Enhanced services: shall mean additional or more intensive levels of services as listed in subdivision two of section four hundred ten-q of this title, which an agency agrees to provide in order to receive additional funding pursuant to this title;

    6. See N.Y. Social Services Law 410-P

  • Escrow: Money given to a third party to be held for payment until certain conditions are met.
  • Ex officio: Literally, by virtue of one's office.
  • Executor: A male person named in a will to carry out the decedent
  • Eye bank: means a person that is licensed, accredited, or regulated under federal or state law to engage in the recovery, screening, testing, processing, storage, or distribution of human eyes or portions of human eyes. See N.Y. Public Health Law 4300
  • Fair market value: The price at which an asset would change hands in a transaction between a willing, informed buyer and a willing, informed seller.
  • Fee simple: Absolute title to property with no limitations or restrictions regarding the person who may inherit it.
  • Fiduciary: A trustee, executor, or administrator.
  • Forbearance: A means of handling a delinquent loan. A
  • Foreclosure: A legal process in which property that is collateral or security for a loan may be sold to help repay the loan when the loan is in default. Source: OCC
  • gift: means a donation of a whole body or part of a human body, to take effect after the donor's death, for the purpose of transplantation, therapy, research or education. See N.Y. Public Health Law 4300
  • Government funds: means funds provided under the provisions of title eleven of article five of the social services law. See N.Y. Public Health Law 3602
  • Grace period: The number of days you'll have to pay your bill for purchases in full without triggering a finance charge. Source: Federal Reserve
  • Grand jury: agreement providing that a lender will delay exercising its rights (in the case of a mortgage,
  • Grantor: The person who establishes a trust and places property into it.
  • Guardian: A person legally empowered and charged with the duty of taking care of and managing the property of another person who because of age, intellect, or health, is incapable of managing his (her) own affairs.
  • Guardian: means a person appointed by a court to make decisions regarding the support, care, education, health, or welfare of an individual. See N.Y. Public Health Law 4300
  • Habeas corpus: A writ that is usually used to bring a prisoner before the court to determine the legality of his imprisonment. It may also be used to bring a person in custody before the court to give testimony, or to be prosecuted.
  • Handicapped child: shall mean a child who possesses a specific physical, mental or emotional condition or disability of such severity or kind which, in accordance with regulations of the department, would constitute a significant obstacle to the child's adoption. See N.Y. Social Services Law 451
  • Hard to place child: shall mean a child, other than a handicapped child, (a) who has not been placed for adoption within six months from the date his guardianship and custody were committed to the social services official or a voluntary authorized agency, or (b) who has not been placed for adoption within six months from the date a previous adoption placement terminated and the child was returned to the care of the social services official or a voluntary authorized agency, or (c) who possesses or presents any personal or familial attribute, condition, problem or characteristic which, in accordance with regulations of the department, would be an obstacle to the child's adoption, notwithstanding the child has been in the guardianship and custody of the social services official or a voluntary authorized agency for less than six months. See N.Y. Social Services Law 451
  • health professionals: means persons duly licensed or otherwise authorized to practice a health profession pursuant to applicable law, including, but not limited to, physicians, registered professional nurses, nurse practitioners, physicians assistants, optometrists, dentists, dental hygienists, dietitians and nutritionists, and audiologists. See
  • Hemp: means the plant Cannabis sativa L. See N.Y. Public Health Law 3398
  • Hemp extract: means all derivatives, extracts, cannabinoids, isomers, acids, salts, and salts of isomers derived from hemp, used or intended for human consumption, for its cannabinoid content, with a delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol concentration of not more than an amount determined by the department in regulation. See N.Y. Public Health Law 3398
  • Home: shall include a hospice patient's home or a hospice residence. See N.Y. Public Health Law 4002
  • Home care services: means one or more of the following services provided to persons at home: (a) those services provided by a home care services agency; (b) home health aide services; (c) personal care services; (d) homemaker services; (e) housekeeper or chore services. See N.Y. Public Health Law 3602
  • Home care services agency: means an organization primarily engaged in arranging and/or providing directly or through contract arrangement one or more of the following: Nursing services, home health aide services, and other therapeutic and related services which may include, but shall not be limited to, physical, speech and occupational therapy, nutritional services, medical social services, personal care services, homemaker services, and housekeeper or chore services, which may be of a preventive, therapeutic, rehabilitative, health guidance, and/or supportive nature to persons at home. See N.Y. Public Health Law 3602
  • Home health aide services: means simple health care tasks, personal hygiene services, housekeeping tasks essential to the patient's health and other related supportive services. See N.Y. Public Health Law 3602
  • Home medical equipment: shall mean technologically sophisticated medical devices which are used in a home care setting, including but not limited to:

    (a) Oxygen and oxygen delivery systems;

    (b) Ventilation and aspiration devices;

    (c) Respiratory disease management services;

    (d) Electronic and computer driven wheelchairs and seating systems;

    (e) Monitoring devices;

    (f) Transcutaneous electrical nerve simulator (tens) units;

    (g) Low air loss cutaneous pressure management devices;

    (h) Sequential compression devices;

    (i) Obstructive sleep apnea treatment devices; and

    (j) Feeding pumps. See N.Y. Public Health Law 3650

  • Home medical equipment services: shall mean the delivery, provision, installation, maintenance and replacement of, or instruction in the use of medical equipment used by an individual requiring such services in their place of residence. See N.Y. Public Health Law 3650
  • Homemaker services: means assistance and instruction in managing and maintaining a household, dressing, feeding, and incidental household tasks for persons at home because of illness, incapacity, or the absence

    of a caretaker relative. See N.Y. Public Health Law 3602

  • Hospice: means a coordinated program of home and in-patient care which treats the terminally ill patient and family as a unit, employing an interdisciplinary team acting under the direction of an autonomous hospice administration. See N.Y. Public Health Law 4002
  • Hospice residence: means a hospice operated home which is residential in character and physical structure and operated for the purpose of providing more than two hospice patients but not more than sixteen hospice patients with hospice care, which may include dually certified hospice in-patient beds up to twenty-five percent of the hospice residence's patient capacity, or up to fifty percent of the hospice residence's patient capacity with the commissioner's approval. See N.Y. Public Health Law 4002
  • Hospital: means a hospital as defined in section twenty-eight hundred one of this chapter. See N.Y. Public Health Law 3397-B
  • Hospital: means a hospital as defined in section twenty-eight hundred one of this chapter. See N.Y. Public Health Law 3602
  • hospital: means an institution or facility possessing a valid operating certificate issued pursuant to article twenty-eight of this chapter and authorized to employ physician assistants in accordance with rules and regulations of the public health and health planning council. See N.Y. Public Health Law 3700
  • hospital: means an institution or facility possessing a valid operating certificate issued pursuant to article twenty-eight of this chapter and authorized to employ specialist assistants in accordance with rules and regulations of the public health and health planning council. See N.Y. Public Health Law 3710
  • Hospital: means a hospital licensed, accredited, or approved under the laws of any state and includes a hospital operated by the United States Government, a state, or a subdivision thereof, although not required to be licensed under state laws. See N.Y. Public Health Law 4300
  • Impeachment: (1) The process of calling something into question, as in "impeaching the testimony of a witness." (2) The constitutional process whereby the House of Representatives may "impeach" (accuse of misconduct) high officers of the federal government for trial in the Senate.
  • Incapacity: shall mean a substantial inability to care for a child as a result of: (a) a physically debilitating illness, disease or injury; or (b) a mental impairment that results in a substantial inability to understand the nature and consequences of decisions concerning the care of a child. See N.Y. Social Services Law 458-A
  • indicated report: means a report made pursuant to this title if an investigation determines that some credible evidence of the alleged abuse or maltreatment exists. See N.Y. Social Services Law 412
  • Interest rate: The amount paid by a borrower to a lender in exchange for the use of the lender's money for a certain period of time. Interest is paid on loans or on debt instruments, such as notes or bonds, either at regular intervals or as part of a lump sum payment when the issue matures. Source: OCC
  • Intestate: Dying without leaving a will.
  • Investment capital: when used in this chapter shall mean investments of the unincorporated business in stocks, bonds and other securities, corporate and governmental (excluding governmental stocks, bonds and other securities the interest or dividends from which are fully exempt from tax under this chapter, other than any such governmental stock, bond or other security which is sold or otherwise disposed of during the taxable year in a transaction which results in a gain or loss which is included in computing unincorporated business entire net income for the taxable year), not held for sale to customers in the regular course of business, provided, however, that in the discretion of the commissioner of finance, there shall be deducted from investment capital any liabilities of the unincorporated business which are directly or indirectly attributable to investment capital. See N.Y. New York City Administrative Code 11-501
  • Investment income: when used in this chapter shall mean income, gains and losses from investment capital, to the extent included in computing unincorporated business entire net income, less, in the discretion of the commissioner of finance, any deductions allowable in computing unincorporated business entire net income which are directly or indirectly attributable to investment capital or investment income, provided, however, that in no case shall investment income exceed unincorporated business entire net income. See N.Y. New York City Administrative Code 11-501
  • Judge: shall mean a judge of the family court of any county in the state. See
  • Judgement: The official decision of a court finally determining the respective rights and claims of the parties to a suit.
  • Juror: A person who is on the jury.
  • Lawful custody: shall mean a custody (a) specifically authorized by statute or (b) pursuant to judgment, decree or order of a court or (c) otherwise authorized by law. See
  • Lawsuit: A legal action started by a plaintiff against a defendant based on a complaint that the defendant failed to perform a legal duty, resulting in harm to the plaintiff.
  • Liabilities: The aggregate of all debts and other legal obligations of a particular person or legal entity.
  • License: means a license issued pursuant to this article. See N.Y. Public Health Law 3398
  • Licensed home care services agency: means a home care services agency, issued a license pursuant to section three thousand six hundred five of this chapter. See N.Y. Public Health Law 3602
  • Limited home care services agency: means a certified operator of an adult home or an enriched housing program which directly provides: personal care services authorized and provided in accordance with rules and regulations of the department of social services; and the administration of medications and application of sterile dressings by a registered nurse, provided, however, that the services provided by such agency are not services that must be provided to residents of such facilities pursuant to article seven of the social services law and rules and regulations of the department of social services. See N.Y. Public Health Law 3602
  • Long term home health care program: means a coordinated plan of care and services provided at home to invalid, infirm, or disabled persons who are medically eligible for placement in a hospital or residential health care facility for an extended period of time if such program were unavailable. See N.Y. Public Health Law 3602
  • maltreated child: includes a child under eighteen years of age:

    (a) defined as a neglected child by the family court act, or

    (b) who has had serious physical injury inflicted upon him or her by other than accidental means;

    3. See N.Y. Social Services Law 412

  • Marijuana: means marijuana as defined in section thirty-three hundred two of this chapter and shall also include tetrahydrocannabinols or a chemical derivative of tetrahydrocannabinol. See N.Y. Public Health Law 3397-B
  • Medical equipment service agency: means any person engaged in the business of providing home medical equipment services, whether directly or through a contractual arrangement, to an individual at their place of residence. See N.Y. Public Health Law 3650
  • Mortgage: The written agreement pledging property to a creditor as collateral for a loan.
  • Mortgage loan: A loan made by a lender to a borrower for the financing of real property. Source: OCC
  • Mortgagee: The person to whom property is mortgaged and who has loaned the money.
  • Nolo contendere: No contest-has the same effect as a plea of guilty, as far as the criminal sentence is concerned, but may not be considered as an admission of guilt for any other purpose.
  • Non-transplant anatomic bank: means any person or facility that solicits, retrieves, performs donor selection and/or testing, preserves, transport, allocates, distributes, acquires, processes, stores, or arranges for the storage of non-transplant anatomic parts, including whole bodies, body segments, organs, or tissues from living or deceased donors, for education and/or research purposes specifically authorized by section forty-three hundred two of this article. See N.Y. Public Health Law 4300
  • Organ procurement organization: means a person designated by the secretary of the United States Department of Health and Human Services as an organ procurement organization. See N.Y. Public Health Law 4300
  • Other persons named in the report: shall mean and be limited to the following persons who are named in a report of child abuse or maltreatment other than the subject of the report: the child who is reported to the statewide central register of child abuse and maltreatment; and such child's parent, guardian, or other person legally responsible for the child who has not been named in the report as allegedly responsible for causing injury, abuse or maltreatment to the child or as allegedly allowing such injury, abuse or maltreatment to be inflicted on such child;

    * 6. See N.Y. Social Services Law 412

  • Parent: means a parent whose parental rights have not been terminated. See N.Y. Public Health Law 4300
  • Parents: shall mean and include biological and adoptive parents, guardians or other persons in parental relationship to a child. See N.Y. Social Services Law 410-P
  • part: includes "parts". See N.Y. Public Health Law 4300
  • Person: means any individual, corporation, partnership, or legal entity of any kind, or a governmental agency, board or body. See N.Y. Public Health Law 3221
  • Person: shall mean an individual, corporation, partnership, joint venture, or any business entity. See N.Y. Public Health Law 3550
  • Person: shall mean an individual, corporation, partnership, joint venture, or any business entity. See N.Y. Public Health Law 3650
  • Personal care services: means services to assist with personal hygiene, dressing, feeding and household tasks essential to the patient's health. See N.Y. Public Health Law 3602
  • Persons: shall include a single person eligible to adopt a child as well as a couple eligible therefor. See N.Y. Social Services Law 451
  • Physician: means a person licensed to practice medicine in the state of New York including a person authorized to practice medicine in a federal medical facility in the state. See N.Y. Public Health Law 3397-B
  • physician: means a practitioner of medicine licensed to practice medicine pursuant to article one hundred thirty-one of the education law. See N.Y. Public Health Law 3700
  • physician: means a practitioner of medicine licensed to practice medicine pursuant to article one hundred thirty-one of the education law. See N.Y. Public Health Law 3710
  • physician assistant: means a person who is licensed as a physician assistant pursuant to section sixty-five hundred forty-one of the education law. See N.Y. Public Health Law 3700
  • Plea: In a criminal case, the defendant's statement pleading "guilty" or "not guilty" in answer to the charges, a declaration made in open court.
  • Precedent: A court decision in an earlier case with facts and law similar to a dispute currently before a court. Precedent will ordinarily govern the decision of a later similar case, unless a party can show that it was wrongly decided or that it differed in some significant way.
  • preventive services: shall mean supportive and rehabilitative services provided, in accordance with the provisions of this title and regulations of the department, to children and their families for the purpose of: averting an impairment or disruption of a family which will or could result in the placement of a child in foster care; enabling a child who has been placed in foster care to return to his family at an earlier time than would otherwise be possible; or reducing the likelihood that a child who has been discharged from foster care would return to such care. See N.Y. Social Services Law 409
  • Private-placement adoption: shall mean any adoption other than that of a minor who has been placed for adoption by an authorized agency. See
  • Probable cause: A reasonable ground for belief that the offender violated a specific law.
  • Probate: Proving a will
  • Probation: A sentencing alternative to imprisonment in which the court releases convicted defendants under supervision as long as certain conditions are observed.
  • Processing: means extracting, preparing, treating, modifying, compounding, manufacturing or otherwise manipulating cannabinoid hemp to concentrate or extract its cannabinoids, or creating product, whether in intermediate or final form, used for human consumption. See N.Y. Public Health Law 3398
  • Procurement organization: means an eye bank, organ procurement organization, or tissue bank. See N.Y. Public Health Law 4300
  • Prosecute: To charge someone with a crime. A prosecutor tries a criminal case on behalf of the government.
  • Prospective donor: means an individual who is dead or near death and has been determined by a procurement organization to have a part that could be medically suitable for transplantation, therapy, research, or education. See N.Y. Public Health Law 4300
  • Prospective relative guardian: shall mean a person who has been caring for the child as a fully certified or approved foster parent for at least six consecutive months prior to applying for kinship guardianship assistance payments and who:

    (a) is related to the child through blood, marriage, or adoption; or

    (b) is related to a half-sibling of the child through blood, marriage or adoption and where such person or persons is or are also the prospective or appointed relative guardian or guardians of such half-sibling; or

    (c) is an adult with a positive relationship with the child, including, but not limited to, a step-parent, godparent, neighbor or family friend. See N.Y. Social Services Law 458-A

  • Prospective successor guardian: shall mean a person or persons whom a prospective relative guardian or a relative guardian seeks to name or names in the original kinship guardianship assistance agreement,

    or any amendment thereto, as set forth in section four hundred fifty-eight-b of this title, as the person or persons to provide care and guardianship for a child in the event of the death or incapacity of a relative guardian, who has not been approved in accordance with subparagraph (ii) of paragraph (b) of subdivision five of section four hundred fifty-eight-b of this title. See N.Y. Social Services Law 458-A

  • Public law: A public bill or joint resolution that has passed both chambers and been enacted into law. Public laws have general applicability nationwide.
  • publicly-funded emergency shelter for families with children: means any facility with overnight sleeping accommodations and that is used to house recipients of temporary housing assistance and which houses or may house children and families with children. See N.Y. Social Services Law 412
  • Reasonably available: means able to be contacted by a procurement organization without undue effort and willing and able to act in a timely manner consistent with existing medical criteria necessary for the making of an anatomical gift. See N.Y. Public Health Law 4300
  • Recess: A temporary interruption of the legislative business.
  • Record: means information that is inscribed on a tangible medium or that is stored in an electronic or other medium and is retrievable in perceivable form. See N.Y. Public Health Law 4300
  • Refusal: means a record created under section forty-three hundred five of this article that expressly states an intent to bar other persons from making an anatomical gift. See N.Y. Public Health Law 4300
  • Relative guardian: shall mean a person or persons who was appointed, as a guardian or permanent guardian for a child after entering into an agreement with a social services official for the receipt of payments and services in accordance with this title. See N.Y. Social Services Law 458-A
  • Remand: When an appellate court sends a case back to a lower court for further proceedings.
  • Reporter: Makes a record of court proceedings and prepares a transcript, and also publishes the court's opinions or decisions (in the courts of appeals).
  • Residential health care facility: means a residential health care facility as defined in section twenty-eight hundred one of this chapter. See N.Y. Public Health Law 3602
  • Resource and referral program: shall mean an agency funded pursuant to this title to provide services specified in section four hundred ten-r of this title within a defined geographic area;

    3. See N.Y. Social Services Law 410-P

  • safe house: means a residential facility operated by an authorized agency as defined in subdivision ten of section three hundred seventy-one of this article including a residential facility operating as part of an approved runaway program as defined in subdivision four of section five hundred thirty-two-a of the executive law or a not-for-profit agency with experience in providing services to sexually exploited youth and approved in accordance with the regulations of the office of children and family services that provides shelter for sexually exploited children. See N.Y. Social Services Law 447-A
  • Service: shall mean the child care review service created by this title. See N.Y. Social Services Law 441
  • Settlement: Parties to a lawsuit resolve their difference without having a trial. Settlements often involve the payment of compensation by one party in satisfaction of the other party's claims.
  • sewer rents: when used in this chapter shall mean any rents or charges imposed pursuant to section 24-514 of the code or pursuant to the New York city municipal water finance authority act, which is set forth in title two-A of article five of the public authorities law. See N.Y. New York City Administrative Code 11-301
  • sewer surcharges: when used in this chapter shall mean the charges imposed pursuant to section 24-523 of the code or pursuant to the New York city municipal water finance authority act, which is set forth in title two-A of article five of the public authorities law. See N.Y. New York City Administrative Code 11-301
  • sexually exploited child: means any person under the age of eighteen who has been subject to sexual exploitation because he or she:

    (a) is the victim of the crime of sex trafficking as defined in section 230. See N.Y. Social Services Law 447-A

  • short-term safe house: means a residential facility operated by an authorized agency as defined in subdivision ten of section three hundred seventy-one of this article including a residential facility operating as part of a runaway and homeless youth crisis services program as defined in subdivision four of section five hundred thirty-two-a of the executive law or a not-for-profit agency with experience in providing services to sexually exploited youth and approved in accordance with the regulations of the office of children and family services that provides emergency shelter, services and care to sexually exploited children including food, shelter, clothing, medical care, counseling and appropriate crisis intervention services at the time they are taken into custody by law enforcement and for the duration of any legal proceeding or proceedings in which they are either the complaining witness or the subject child. See N.Y. Social Services Law 447-A
  • Social services official: shall mean a county commissioner of social services, a city commissioner of social services, or an Indian tribe with which the department has entered into an agreement to provide adoption services in accordance with subdivision two of section thirty-nine of this chapter. See N.Y. Social Services Law 451
  • Social services official: shall mean a county commissioner of social services, a city commissioner of social services, or an Indian tribe with which the office of children and family services has entered into an agreement to provide foster care services in accordance with subdivision two of section thirty-nine of this chapter. See N.Y. Social Services Law 458-A
  • specialist assistant: means a person who is registered pursuant to section sixty-five hundred forty-eight of the education law as a specialist assistant for a particular medical speciality as defined by regulations promulgated by the commissioner pursuant to section thirty-seven hundred eleven of this article. See N.Y. Public Health Law 3710
  • State: includes any state, district, commonwealth, territory, insular possession, and any other area subject to the legislative authority of the United States of America. See N.Y. Public Health Law 4300
  • state: when used in this chapter shall mean the state of New York. See N.Y. New York City Administrative Code 11-501
  • state hospital review and planning council: shall mean the public health and health planning council. See N.Y. Public Health Law 3602
  • state hospital review and planning council: shall mean the public health and health planning council. See N.Y. Public Health Law 4002
  • Subject of the report: means any parent of, guardian of, or other person eighteen years of age or older legally responsible for, as defined in subdivision (g) of section one thousand twelve of the family court act, a child reported to the statewide central register of child abuse and maltreatment who is allegedly responsible for causing injury, abuse or maltreatment to such child or who allegedly allows such injury, abuse or maltreatment to be inflicted on such child; or a director or an operator of, or employee or volunteer in, a home operated or supervised by an authorized agency, the office of children and family services, or in a family day-care home, a day-care center, a group family day care home, a school-age child care program or a day-services program who is allegedly responsible for causing injury, abuse or maltreatment to a child who is reported to the statewide central register of child abuse or maltreatment or who allegedly allows such injury, abuse or maltreatment to be inflicted on such child;

    5. See N.Y. Social Services Law 412

  • Successor guardian: shall mean a person or persons that is approved by a local social services district to receive payments pursuant to this title in accordance with subparagraph (ii) of paragraph (b) of subdivision five of section four hundred fifty-eight-b of this title and that has been named in the agreement in effect between the relative guardian and social services official for kinship guardianship assistance payments pursuant to this title who shall provide care and guardianship for a child in the event of death or incapacity of the relative guardian, as set forth in section four hundred fifty-eight-b of this title, who has assumed care for and is the guardian or permanent guardian of such child, provided that such person was appointed guardian or permanent guardian of such child by the court following, or due to, the death or incapacity of the relative guardian. See N.Y. Social Services Law 458-A
  • surgeon: means a physician or surgeon licensed or authorized to practice under the laws of any state. See N.Y. Public Health Law 4300
  • Surrogate: shall mean the surrogate of any county in the state and any other judicial officer while acting in the capacity of surrogate. See
  • Tanning facility: shall mean any establishment where one or more ultraviolet radiation device is used, offered, or made available for use by any human being, whether or not a fee is charged, directly or indirectly, but shall not include any facility where any such device is used by a qualified health care professional for treatment of medical conditions. See N.Y. Public Health Law 3550
  • Tax appeals tribunal: when used in this chapter shall mean the tax appeals tribunal established by section one hundred sixty-eight of the charter. See N.Y. New York City Administrative Code 11-501
  • tax lien: when used in this chapter shall mean the lien arising pursuant to the provisions of this chapter or pursuant to the New York city municipal water finance authority act, which is set forth in title two-A of article five of the public authorities law, as a result of the nonpayment of taxes, assessments, sewer rents, sewer surcharges, water rents, any other charges that are made a lien subject to the provisions of this chapter, the costs of any advertisements and notices given pursuant to this chapter, any other charges that are due and payable, a surcharge pursuant to section 11-332 of this chapter if the tax lien is sold, interest and penalties thereon and the right of the city to receive such amounts. See N.Y. New York City Administrative Code 11-301
  • tax lien certificate: when used in this chapter shall mean the instrument evidencing a tax lien and executed by the commissioner of finance or his

    or her designee at such time as such lien is transferred to a purchaser upon sale of such lien by the city. See N.Y. New York City Administrative Code 11-301

  • Temporary restraining order: Prohibits a person from an action that is likely to cause irreparable harm. This differs from an injunction in that it may be granted immediately, without notice to the opposing party, and without a hearing. It is intended to last only until a hearing can be held.
  • Terminally ill: means an individual has a medical prognosis that the individual's life expectancy is approximately one year or less if the illness runs its normal course. See N.Y. Public Health Law 4002
  • Testator: A male person who leaves a will at death.
  • Tissue bank: means a person that is licensed, accredited, or regulated under federal or state law to solicit, retrieve, perform donor selection and/or testing, preserve, transport, allocate, distribute, acquire, process, store or arrange for the storage of human tissues for transplantation, transfer, therapy, artificial insemination or implantation, including autogeneic procedures. See N.Y. Public Health Law 4300
  • Trust account: A general term that covers all types of accounts in a trust department, such as estates, guardianships, and agencies. Source: OCC
  • Ultraviolet radiation device: shall mean any equipment which is designed to emit electromagnetic radiation in the wavelength interval of two hundred to four hundred nanometers in air, and which is intended to induce tanning of the human skin through irradiation, including, but not limited to, a sunlamp, tanning booth, or tanning bed. See N.Y. Public Health Law 3550
  • unfounded report: means any report made pursuant to this title unless an investigation determines that some credible evidence of the alleged abuse or maltreatment exists;

    * NB Effective until January 1, 2022

    * 6. See N.Y. Social Services Law 412

  • Unincorporated business entire net income: when used in this chapter shall mean the excess of the unincorporated business gross income of an unincorporated business over its unincorporated business deductions. See N.Y. New York City Administrative Code 11-501
  • Unincorporated entity: when used in this chapter shall include an entity classified as a partnership for federal income tax purposes regardless of whether the entity is formed as a corporation, joint-stock company, joint-stock association, body corporate or body politic or whether the entity is organized under a federal or state statute, or under a statute of a federally recognized Indian tribe, or under a statute of a country other than the United States that describes or refers to the entity as incorporated. See N.Y. New York City Administrative Code 11-501
  • unlawful practice of the law: as used in this article shall include, but is not limited to,

    (a) any act prohibited by penal law sections two hundred seventy, two hundred seventy-a, two hundred seventy-e, two hundred seventy-one, two hundred seventy-five, two hundred seventy-five-a, two hundred seventy-six, two hundred eighty or fourteen hundred fifty-two, or

    (b) any other act forbidden by law to be done by any person not regularly licensed and admitted to practice law in this state, or

    (c) any act punishable by the supreme court as a criminal contempt of court under section seven hundred fifty-B of this chapter. See N.Y. Judiciary Law 476-A

  • Used for human consumption: means intended by the manufacturer or distributor to be: (a) used for human consumption for its cannabinoid content; or (b) used in, on or by the human body for its cannabinoid content. See N.Y. Public Health Law 3398
  • Venue: The geographical location in which a case is tried.
  • Verdict: The decision of a petit jury or a judge.
  • Voluntary authorized agency: shall mean an authorized agency as defined in paragraphs (a) and (c) of subdivision ten of section three hundred seventy-one of this article. See N.Y. Social Services Law 451
  • Whole body: means the intact corporeal remains of an individual after the time of death. See N.Y. Public Health Law 4300
  • Writ: A formal written command, issued from the court, requiring the performance of a specific act.