This bill would require the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH) to deliver at least monthly notice of all persons for whom death certificates were issued in the prior calendar month to certain agencies. These agencies include, but are not limited to: the Department of Finance, the Human Resources Administration, the Department of Housing Preservation and Development, and the New York City Housing Authority. These notices would need to be arranged by borough of residence, and include the name, last residence address, and birth date of each person for whom a certificate was issued. The bill would also require the specified agencies to consult the Social Security Death Index administered by the Social Security Administration and update their records on a regular and continuous basis. Furthermore, the bill would require the Commissioner of DOHMH to issue guidance to ensure the confidentiality of information contained in the notices they provide to agencies.
Int. No. 387
By Council Members Ulrich and Holden
A Local Law to amend the administrative code of the city of New York, in relation to requiring the department of health and mental hygiene to provide notice of deaths to certain agencies and to require certain agencies to update records of program beneficiaries on a regular and continuous basis
Be it enacted by the Council as follows:
Section 1. Chapter one of title 17 of the administrative code of the city of New York is amended to add a new section 17-166.1 to read as follows:
§ 17-166.1 Reporting of deaths to certain city agencies. a. The department shall deliver to applicable agencies at least monthly, in a format it deems appropriate, notice of all persons for whom death certificates were issued in the prior calendar month. Applicable agencies shall include, but not be limited to, the department of finance, the human resources administration, the department of housing preservation and development, and the New York city housing authority. Such notice shall be arranged by borough of residence, and shall include the name, last residence address and birth date of each such person.
b. Applicable agencies shall consult the social security death index administered by the social security administration and update their records on a regular and continuous basis.
c. The commissioner shall issue guidance as necessary to ensure the confidentiality of information contained in notices delivered pursuant to subdivision a of this section.
§ 2. This local law shall take effect 30 days after it becomes law.
LS 4444-4461/Int. No. 782-2015