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AB-578 Crisis nurseries: study.(2013-2014)

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Amended  IN  Senate  June 26, 2014
Amended  IN  Senate  June 11, 2014
Amended  IN  Assembly  May 24, 2013
Amended  IN  Assembly  April 08, 2013

CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2013–2014 REGULAR SESSION

Assembly Bill No. 578


Introduced by Assembly Member Dickinson
(Principal coauthor: Senator Wolk)

February 20, 2013


An act to add and repeal Section 1517 to of the Health and Safety Code, relating to crisis nurseries.


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


AB 578, as amended, Dickinson. Crisis nurseries: study.
Existing law provides for the licensure and regulation by the State Department of Social Services of crisis nurseries. Crisis nurseries are nonprofit corporations that care for and supervise children under 6 years of age who are voluntarily placed in the crisis nursery by a parent or legal guardian due to a family crisis or stressful situation for no more than 30 days.
This bill, until January 1, 2017, would require the department to implement a 2-year pilot project in the counties of Sacramento and Yolo to conduct a study of the relationship between crisis respite care and incidents of reported child abuse in those counties, and report the results of the study to the Legislature. The bill would make the implementation of this pilot project contingent upon all of the crisis nurseries in those counties voluntarily participating in the project and providing funding for 1/2 of the cost of the project. This bill would express the intent of the Legislature to provide state funding for crisis nurseries in the Budget Act of 2014 for community services and this pilot project.
Vote: MAJORITY   Appropriation: NO   Fiscal Committee: YES   Local Program: NO  

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


SECTION 1.

 Section 1517 is added to the Health and Safety Code, to read:

1517.
 (a) The department shall implement a two-year pilot project in the County of Sacramento and the County of Yolo for the purpose of evaluating the effectiveness of crisis nurseries in lowering the incidence of child abuse in those counties. This pilot project shall be implemented only if all of the crisis nurseries in those counties voluntarily participate in the project and provide private funding for one-half of the cost of the project. The pilot project shall consist of both of the following:
(1) The department shall conduct a study of the relationship between crisis respite care and incidents of reported child abuse in pilot project counties.
(2) The department shall report the results of the study to the Legislature on or before December 31, 2016, pursuant to Section 9795 of the Government Code.

(b)It is the intent of the Legislature to provide state funding for crisis nurseries in the Budget Act of 2014 in order to enable crisis nurseries to continue to provide services to the community and to participate in the pilot project established by this section.

(c)

(b) This section shall remain in effect only until January 1, 2017, and as of that date is repealed, unless a later enacted statute, that is enacted before January 1, 2017, deletes or extends that date.