Crohn’s and Colitis Identification Card
The Crohn’s and Colitis Identification Card was developed in response to the Crohn's and Colitis Fairness Act - https://www.nysenate.gov/legislation/bills/2021/a1260
The Crohn’s and Colitis Identification Card provides people with Crohn's disease, ulcerative colitis, other inflammatory bowel disease, irritable bowel syndrome or other medical condition that requires immediate access to a toilet facility a way to verify their condition.
People with eligible gastrointestinal diseases have the right to access an employee-only toilet facility in a place of business that is already open to the public, when there are at least two employees working at the time of the request, and using that facility would not create a health, safety, or security risk. The Crohn's and Colitis Identification Card allows individuals to easily communicate their condition to an employee of a business, and enables businesses to easily identify people with eligible gastrointestinal diseases. Such an identification card, however, is not required to gain access to an employee restroom facility at a place of business.
Complaints regarding enforcement should be directed to the state consumer protection division (1-800-697-1220), or the county, city, or town office of consumer protection as applicable.
The Crohn’s and Colitis Identification Card must be signed by a NYS-licensed health care provider. The health care provider’s name, and the patient’s name, address, and date of birth should be added to the identification card before printing the card. The provider needs to sign the identification card and give to patients with eligible medical conditions.