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AB-671 Child welfare services: education and training requirements.(2011-2012)

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Amended  IN  Assembly  January 12, 2012
Amended  IN  Assembly  January 04, 2012
Amended  IN  Assembly  April 25, 2011
Amended  IN  Assembly  March 30, 2011

CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2011–2012 REGULAR SESSION

Assembly Bill
No. 671


Introduced  by  Assembly Member Portantino

February 17, 2011


An act to add Section 16501.4 to the Welfare and Institutions Code, relating to child welfare services.


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


AB 671, as amended, Portantino. Child welfare services: education and training requirements.
Existing law requires the establishment and support of a public system of statewide child welfare services, for the protection of children who are alleged to be abused or neglected. Existing law provides for a statewide multipurpose child welfare training program to develop and implement statewide coordinated training programs designed specifically to meet the needs of county child protective services social workers who are assigned emergency response, family maintenance, family reunification, permanent placement, and adoption responsibilities.
This bill would specify education and training requirements for social work supervisors and other personnel performing social work activities in a county child welfare services agency. This bill would exempt a social worker employed before who are hired on or after January 1, 2013, from related field practice, course work, and experience requirements, as prescribed 2016.
Vote: MAJORITY   Appropriation: NO   Fiscal Committee: YES   Local Program: NO  

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


SECTION 1.

 It is the intent of the Legislature in enacting this act to improve outcomes and increase consumer protection in child welfare services by improving the educational standards of supervisors in child welfare services to ensure that each supervisor has the appropriate training, experience, and education.

SEC. 2.

 Section 16501.4 is added to the Welfare and Institutions Code, to read:

16501.4.
 (a) (1) The educational requirements for social work supervisors for a county child welfare services agency shall be a master’s degree in social work from an accredited or state-approved graduate school in social work or social welfare.
(2) A person who possesses a master’s degree from an accredited or state-approved graduate school in any of the following areas, or and at least three years years experience in child welfare as determined by the department, shall be qualified to perform supervisory social work activities in a county child welfare services agency:
(A) Marriage, family, and child counseling.
(B) Child psychology.
(C) Child development.
(D) Counseling psychology.
(E) Social psychology.
(F) Clinical psychology.
(G) Educational psychology, consistent with the scope of practice as described in Section 4989.14 of the Business and Professions Code.
(H) Education, with emphasis on counseling.
(3) Commencing January 1, 2016, a person hired before January 1, 2016, without a master’s degree but with equivalent education and experience, as determined by the department, shall be qualified to perform supervisory social work activities in a county child welfare services agency.
(b) The degree requirements and experience requirements described in this section in paragraphs (1) and (2) of subdivision (a) shall only apply to supervisors hired on or after January 1, 2013 2016.