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AB-2349 Developmental services: Sonoma Developmental Center.(2013-2014)

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Amended  IN  Assembly  March 28, 2014

CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2013–2014 REGULAR SESSION

Assembly Bill
No. 2349


Introduced by Assembly Member Yamada

February 21, 2014


An act to add Section 4417.5 to the Welfare and Institutions Code, relating to Sonoma Developmental Center developmental services.


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


AB 2349, as amended, Yamada. Developmental services: Sonoma Developmental Center.
Existing law establishes the State Department of Developmental Services and sets forth its duties and responsibilities, including, but not limited to, administration and oversight of the state developmental centers, including the Sonoma Developmental Center, and programs relating to persons with developmental disabilities under the Lanterman Developmental Disabilities Services Act. Existing law requires the California Health and Human Services Agency to submit to the Legislature a master plan for the future of developmental centers by November 15, 2013, and to submit a report to the Legislature by January 10, 2014, regarding the ability of community resources to meet the specialized needs of residents now living in developmental centers.
This bill would declare the intent of the Legislature to subsequently amend this bill to include provisions relating to establish the Office of Community Care Coordination within the State Department of Developmental Services, and would require the office to develop a plan, on or before January 1, 2016, that addresses, among other things, the operation of at least 2 acute crisis clinics, as specified. The bill would also require the office to identify which modifications are necessary to enable the Sonoma Developmental Center to operate as a placement of last resort and as an acute crisis clinic.
Vote: MAJORITY   Appropriation: NO   Fiscal Committee: NOYES   Local Program: NO  

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


SECTION 1.

 Section 4417.5 is added to the Welfare and Institutions Code, to read:

4417.5.
 (a) There is in the State Department of Developmental Services the Office of Community Care Coordination, which shall develop a plan to establish facilities to assist former residents of developmental centers and to expand and enhance existing community services and supports. The office shall be located on the grounds of the Sonoma Developmental Center.
(b) The office shall develop the plan on or before January 1, 2016. The plan shall be consistent with the master plan for the future of developmental centers prepared by the California Health and Human Services Agency pursuant to Section 14 of Chapter 25 of the Statutes of 2013, and shall address all of the following:
(1) The operation of at least two acute crisis clinics, each with a capacity of 15 or fewer beds, to be located in the northern and southern parts of the state.
(2) The operation of transitional facilities to facilitate a smooth transition of developmental center residents and staff into the community.
(3) The development of residential facilities with specialty wrap-around services to provide a high level of behavioral supports. These facilities shall be similar in nature to those authorized by Section 1567.50 of the Health and Safety Code.
(4) Identification of the community capacity in existing models of care.
(5) Support of regional center efforts to enhance supports to maintain individuals in their own homes.
(6) Collaboration with regional centers to do all of the following:
(A) Expand mobile crisis response teams.
(B) Expand crisis hotlines.
(C) Expand day programs.
(D) Create short-term homes.
(7) Providing developmental center staff for the transition of individuals with challenging behaviors.
(c) The office shall develop, as part of the plan, a precise definition of a “placement of last resort” and an “acute crisis clinic,” which shall include a description of the services offered by those facilities. The office shall also identify which modifications are necessary to enable the Sonoma Developmental Center to operate as a placement of last resort and as an acute crisis clinic.

SECTION 1.

It is the intent of the Legislature to subsequently amend this measure to include provisions relating to the Sonoma Developmental Center.