“Jonathan’s Law” Becomes Reality

A bill spurred by the death of a 13-year-old autistic boy has been signed into law by Governor Spitzer. "Jonathan's Law" is designed to give parents of kids in residential facilities greater access to information.

Facilities are now required to notify parents and guardians within 24 hours of incidents affecting the health and safety of their children.

The law is named for Jonathan Carey, who died in February while at a state facility near Albany. Authorities say an aide was attempting to restrain Carey when he stopped breathing. The aides were charged with manslaughter.

Carey's parents lobbied for the bill, which received overwhelming support in the state Legislature.