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AB-1663 Group homes: immigrant children.(2017-2018)



SECTION 1.

 Section 1520.12 is added to the Health and Safety Code, to read:

1520.12.
 (a) A group home with children who are under the custody of the federal Office of Refugee Resettlement shall do all of the following:
(1) Report both of the following to the department on a quarterly basis:
(A) The number of children under the custody of the federal Office of Refugee Resettlement who are placed in the group home.
(B) The length of stay for children under the custody of the federal Office of Refugee Resettlement.
(2) Arrange a meeting for each child under the custody of the federal Office of Refugee Resettlement to meet with a qualified organization that has received a grant to provide legal services to unaccompanied undocumented minors pursuant to Chapter 5.6 (commencing with Section 13300) of Part 3 of Division 9 of the Welfare and Institutions Code if the child is an unaccompanied undocumented minor, as defined in Section 13300 of the Welfare and Institutions Code.
(3) Provide access to the county child welfare department to meet with children under the custody of the federal Office of Refugee Resettlement, so that the children may be assessed and offered mental health services.
(b) A county child welfare department shall meet with each child under the custody of the federal Office of Refugee Resettlement who is placed in a group home to assess the well-being of the child and to offer mental health services to the child.

SEC. 2.

 Section 1534.6 is added to the Health and Safety Code, to read:

1534.6.
 At least once each quarter, the department shall inspect a group home with children who are under the custody of the federal Office of Refugee Resettlement to ensure compliance with this chapter and the quality of care provided.
SEC. 3.
 To the extent that this act has an overall effect of increasing the costs already borne by a local agency for programs or levels of service mandated by the 2011 Realignment Legislation within the meaning of Section 36 of Article XIII of the California Constitution, it shall apply to local agencies only to the extent that the state provides annual funding for the cost increase. Any new program or higher level of service provided by a local agency pursuant to this act above the level for which funding has been provided shall not require a subvention of funds by the state or otherwise be subject to Section 6 of Article XIII B of the California Constitution.
With regard to certain other costs that may be incurred by a local agency or school district, no reimbursement is required by this act pursuant to Section 6 of Article XIII B of the California Constitution because, in that regard, this act creates a new crime or infraction, eliminates a crime or infraction, or changes the penalty for a crime or infraction, within the meaning of Section 17556 of the Government Code, or changes the definition of a crime within the meaning of Section 6 of Article XIII B of the California Constitution.