Legislation to ban aversion therapy
ALBANY, NY (WENY)-- Mother of Andre McCollins said her son has post-traumatic stress from a special needs education center's controversial electric shock therapy treatment he experienced in 2002.
Cheryl McCollins, Andre's mom, recalled retrieving him at the center in a catatonic state.
“He had all those devices on him. I noticed that he wasn’t moving, he was catatonic. I thought he had died,” McCollins said.
She said Andre was in and out of the hospital for a year after the shock incident.
Monday, McCollins traveled to Albany to fight against aversive therapy, which she calls "torture," at treatment centers for special needs children.
The Judge Rotenberg Educational Center, a treatment center that utilizes electric shock therapy stated in an email to WENY, electrical stimulation devices are "life-saving." They wrote this treatment is used when other treatment options have failed.
Some lawmakers want to ban this type of treatment, in which New York students are currently sent by some public agencies to certain out-of-state treatment centers.
A bill introduced this session would prohibit this type of treatment.
“This is about not sending any new children over to a center that engages in the torturous practice of aversive conditioning via electro-shock therapy,” said Sen. Jabari Brisport (D-25th Senate District).
The bill is currently still in committee but some lawmakers said they are confident it will be passed this session.