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AB-783 Child Abuse Prevention Coordinating Council Act.(1989-1990)

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Assembly Bill No. 783

An act to add Chapter 12.5 (commencing with Section 18980) to Part 6 of Division 9 of the Welfare and Institutions Code, relating to the Child Abuse Prevention Coordinating Council Act, and declaring the urgency thereof, to take effect immediately.

[ Filed with Secretary of State  September 21, 1989. Approved by Governor  September 20, 1989. ]


AB 783, Norman Waters. Child Abuse Prevention Coordinating Council Act.
The Child Abuse Prevention Coordinating Council Act, which act remained in effect until June 30, 1989, required each county to establish councils to coordinate community efforts to prevent and to respond to child abuse, and required each county to provide funding for the establishment of these councils through county children’s trust funds, or if one has not been established in each county, to seek funding from the State Children’s Trust Fund.
This existing law constituted a state-mandated local program.
This bill would reenact the Child Abuse Prevention Coordinating Council Act, thereby resulting in a state-mandated local program.
The California Constitution requires the state to reimburse local agencies and school districts for certain costs mandated by the state. Statutory provisions establish procedures for making that reimbursement.
This bill would provide that no reimbursement is required by this act for a specified reason.
This bill would declare that it is to take effect immediately as an urgency statute.

The people of the State of California do enact as follows:


 Chapter 12.5 (commencing with Section 18980) is added to Part 6 of Division 9 of the Welfare and Institutions Code, to read:
CHAPTER  12.5. Child Abuse Prevention Coordinating Council Act
Article  1. General Provisions

 This chapter shall be known and may be cited as the Child Abuse Prevention Coordinating Council Act.

 The Legislature finds and declares all of the following:
(a)  Child abuse is one of the most tragic social and criminal justice issues of our times.
(b)  Victims of child abuse and their families face a complex intervention system involving many professionals and agencies.
(c)  Coordination by child protection agencies and personnel improves the response to a victim and his or her family.
(d)  The prevention of child abuse requires the involvement of the entire community.

 It is the intention of the Legislature to fund child abuse prevention coordinating councils in each county.

Article  2. Child Abuse Prevention Coordinating Councils

 A child abuse prevention coordinating council is a community council whose primary purpose is to coordinate the community’s efforts to prevent and respond to child abuse.

 Councils funded by this chapter shall encourage representatives from the following:
(a)  Public child welfare services, including the following:
(1)  The county welfare or children’s services department.
(2)  The probation department.
(3)  Licensing agencies.
(b)  The criminal justice system, including the following:
(1)  Law enforcement.
(2)  The office of the district attorney.
(3)  The courts.
(4)  The coroner.
(c)  Prevention and treatment services communities, including the following:
(1)  Medical and mental health services.
(2)  Community-based social services.
(3)  Public and private schools.
(d)  Community representatives, including the following:
(1)  Community volunteers.
(2)  Civic organizations.
(3)  The religious community.

 The functions of a council shall include, but not be limited to, the following:
(a)  To provide a forum for interagency cooperation and coordination in the prevention, detection, treatment, and legal processing of child abuse cases.
(b)  To promote public awareness of the abuse and neglect of children and the resources available for intervention and treatment.
(c)  To encourage and facilitate training of professionals in the detection, treatment, and prevention of child abuse and neglect.
(d)  To recommend improvements in services to families and victims.
(e)  To encourage and facilitate community support for child abuse and neglect programs.

 Councils may form committees to carry out specific functions, such as the following:
(a)  Interagency coordination committees.
(b)  Multidisciplinary personnel teams.
(c)  Professional training committees.
(d)  Public awareness committees.
(e)  Service improvement committees.
(f)  Advocacy committees.
(g)  Fundraising committees.

 The multidisciplinary personnel team provisions of subdivision ( l) of Section 5328, subdivision (d) of Section 18951, and Section 18961 shall apply to child abuse prevention coordinating councils funded under this chapter.

Article  3. Selection and Administration

 Each county shall fund child abuse prevention coordinating councils which meet the criteria in Section 18982 from the county’s children’s trust fund. In the event that the county does not create a children’s trust fund, the board of supervisors shall apply for funds from the State Children’s Trust Fund. Initial funding of councils shall be scheduled to accommodate ongoing funding of programs or funds already encumbered for other purposes.
Funds for councils selected pursuant to this chapter shall not be considered administrative costs for purposes of Sections 18967 and 18969.

 In the event that more than one council per county exists, the county board of supervisors shall develop a procedure for selecting a council for funding. More than one existing council may be funded in counties with geographically distinct population centers.

 For counties without existing councils the county board of supervisors shall make every effort to facilitate the formation and funding of a council in that county.

 Councils funded under this chapter shall be incorporated as nonprofit corporations, or established as independent organizations within county government, or comparably independent organizations as determined by the office. New or existing councils may apply for funds using a fiscal agent pending incorporation.

 Councils receiving funding under this chapter shall develop a protocol for interagency coordination and provide yearly reports to the county board of supervisors.

 Councils receiving funding under this chapter shall provide a local cash or in-kind match of 33 1/3 percent. For councils unable to raise the full match for the maximum allocation, a partial grant shall be provided in the amount of three grant dollars to each match dollar.

SEC. 2.

 No reimbursement is required by this act pursuant to Section 6 of Article XIII  B of the California Constitution because the local agency or school district has the authority to levy service charges, fees, or assessments sufficient to pay for the program or level of service mandated by this act. Notwithstanding Section 17580 of the Government Code, unless otherwise specified in this act, the provisions of this act shall become operative on the same date that the act takes effect pursuant to the California Constitution.

SEC. 3.

 This act is an urgency statute necessary for the immediate preservation of the public peace, health, or safety within the meaning of Article IV of the Constitution and shall go into immediate effect. The facts constituting the necessity are:
In order to preserve the Child Abuse Prevention Coordinating Council Act as it existed prior to June 30, 1989, it is necessary that this act go into immediate effect.