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SB-365 CalWORKs: immediate childcare assistance.(2019-2020)



As Amends the Law Today


SECTION 1.

 Section 11266.1 is added to the Welfare and Institutions Code, to read:

11266.1.
 (a) (1) At the time of application, the county shall determine whether the applicant needs immediate childcare assistance, and whether the applicant is apparently eligible for aid under this chapter.
(2) The county shall determine that the applicant needs immediate childcare assistance if either of the following circumstances exist:
(A) The applicant has verification of a job or a job offer and needs childcare assistance for their child in order to maintain or obtain employment.
(B) The applicant needs childcare assistance for their child in order to attend an educational or training activity, as described Section 11322.6.
(3) Apparent eligibility exists if evidence presented by the applicant, or that is otherwise available to the county welfare department, and the information provided on the application documents indicate that there would be eligibility for aid under this chapter if the evidence and information were verified.
(b) (1) If an applicant needs immediate childcare assistance and is apparently eligible for aid, as specified in subdivision (a), the county shall provide the applicant with immediate childcare assistance starting on the date of the application, but no later than the next working day. The county shall verify the applicant’s eligibility for aid within 15 working days of the date that immediate childcare assistance is requested. The childcare assistance shall be provided to the applicant for as long as the participant remains eligible for aid.
(2) If an applicant chooses childcare services that are exempt from licensure and require trustline registration, the county or contracted payment agency shall issue childcare payments only after the provider has become a registered trustline childcare provider pursuant to Chapter 3.35 (commenting with Section 1596.60) of Division 2 of the Health and Safety Code.
(c) This section shall become operative on July 1, 2020, or when the department notifies the Legislature that the Statewide Automated Welfare System can perform the necessary automation to implement this section, whichever date is later.
SEC. 2.
 Notwithstanding the Administrative Procedure Act (Chapter 3.5 (commencing with Section 11340) of Part 1 of Division 3 of Title 2 of the Government Code), the State Department of Social Services may implement this act through all-county letters or similar instructions until final regulations are adopted. The department shall adopt regulations implementing this act no later than 24 months after the release of the all-county letter or similar instruction.
SEC. 3.
 If the Commission on State Mandates determines that this act contains costs mandated by the state, reimbursement to local agencies and school districts for those costs shall be made pursuant to Part 7 (commencing with Section 17500) of Division 4 of Title 2 of the Government Code.