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AB-1920 Foster youth: personal information: pilot program.(2009-2010)



SECTION 1.

 Section 16015 is added to the Welfare and Institutions Code, to read:

16015.
 (a) The State Department of Social Services shall take all necessary steps, including consulting with all appropriate state departments and foster youth advocates, including, but not limited to, California Youth Connection, the County Welfare Directors Association of California (CWDA), and Living Advantage, Inc., to establish and implement an Internet Web-based foster care document storage pilot program, and authorize the counties of Los Angeles, San Francisco, and San Bernardino to participate in this pilot program in accordance with this section.
(b) The pilot program established pursuant to this section shall consist of an interactive, secured, Internet Web site, designed to give foster youth and former foster youth from 15 to 21 years of age, inclusive, access to the foster youth’s personal information, as described in subdivision (c).
(c) The information maintained on the Internet Web site shall include, but shall not be limited to, all of the following:
(1) Birth records.
(2) Social security numbers.
(3) Immunization and other medical records.
(4) School records.
(5) Official identification cards.
(6) Résumés.
(d) The Internet Web site shall allow a foster child to develop a personal database to store important telephone numbers and addresses.
(e) The Internet Web site shall also provide information and links to connect foster youth to appropriate resources to meet their educational needs, independent living skills requirements, and work needs.
(f) The department shall ensure that the Internet Web site maintains the confidentiality of medical and other records on the Internet Web site, consistent with the requirements of this section and applicable state and federal law.
(g) (1) Each participating county shall prepare a report, which shall be submitted to the appropriate policy and fiscal committees of the Legislature on or before October 1, 2014, on the effectiveness of the pilot program in improving access to vital documents and any problems associated with ensuring the safety of private or confidential information of the foster youth participating in the pilot program.
(2) A report required by this subdivision shall be submitted in compliance with Section 9795 of the Government Code.
(h) The pilot program established under this section may be funded through private, public, or nonprofit funding sources.
(i) This section shall remain in effect only until January 1, 2016, and as of that date is repealed, unless a later enacted statute, that is enacted before January 1, 2016, deletes or extends that date.