Decision Maker Response

Joan Millman’s response

Joan Millman
Assemblywoman, NY State Assembly

Mar 19, 2013 — 

I am writing in response to your correspondence in support of stopping shock treatment at the Judge Rotenberg Center in Canton, Massachusetts.

I am the sponsor of legislation in the New York State Assembly (A3820) which would prohibit public funding to facilities providing aversive interventions, including but not limited to electric shock therapy, and would remove such facilities from any registry of approved schools. In 2005 I sponsored “Billy’s Law” to improve state and local monitoring of out-of-state residential facilities that house New York State children. A NYS Education investigation in 2006 into one such out –of-state program unearthed a wide range of problems, including a lack of oversight when students were shocked, restrained, and denied food as punishment, the use of electrical shocks which raised health and safety concerns, and a practice of withholding meals. These methods impose unnecessary risks affecting the normal growth and development of students and can lead to death and psychological injuries. You can be assured that I will continue to fight to stop this cruel and inhumane treatment of children.

Please do not hesitate to contact me again on matters of concern.

Sincerely,
Joan L. Millman
Member of Assembly

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