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AB-845 Shaken baby syndrome.(2013-2014)

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Amended  IN  Assembly  April 18, 2013
Amended  IN  Assembly  March 21, 2013

CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2013–2014 REGULAR SESSION

Assembly Bill
No. 845


Introduced by Assembly Member Cooley

February 21, 2013


An act to add and repeal Section 24523 of the Health and Safety Code, relating to infant safety.


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


AB 845, as amended, Cooley. Shaken baby syndrome.
Existing law requires that information and instructional materials regarding shaken baby syndrome be provided free of charge by each health facility to parents or guardians of each newborn, upon discharge from the health facility and by the State Department of Social Services to child care providers upon licensure.
This bill would require the department, in consultation with the State Department of Public Health, the Department of Justice, the Office of Emergency Services, and First Five 5 California, to develop a process for the selection of counties and to select eligible counties in the state to voluntarily participate in the program, which is designed to and implement the Shaken Baby Syndrome Education Program, which would provide new parents and other adult caregivers of newborns and young infants with information and education relating to the prevention of shaken baby syndrome. The bill would also require these agencies to develop a process for the selection of eligible counties to voluntarily participate in the program.
The bill would require the department, by January 1, 2020, to evaluate and submit to the Legislature a report on the effectiveness of the program in reducing the number of injuries and infant deaths in the state resulting from shaken baby syndrome, including a review of benchmarks, feedback about the program, and improvement opportunities, as applicable. The bill would provide that the activities required by its provisions shall be funded with available moneys from the Children’s Trust Fund. The bill would also authorize the department to accept and expend other private funds received by the department from donations for the purposes of the program.
The bill would make its provisions inoperative on July 1, 2020, and repeal them by January 1, 2021.
Vote: MAJORITY   Appropriation: NO   Fiscal Committee: YES   Local Program: NO  

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


SECTION 1.

 Section 24523 is added to the Health and Safety Code, to read:

24523.
 (a) The department, in consultation with the State Department of Public Health, the Department of Justice, the Office of Emergency Services, First Five 5 California, and other interested stakeholders shall, by July 1, 2015, develop and implement the Shaken Baby Syndrome Education Program. The program is intended to use delivery approaches and public education materials for the presentation of information on shaken baby syndrome, based on current scientific evidence and best practices. The program shall be in effect for no more than five years.
(b) The department, in consultation with the State Department of Public Health, the Department of Justice, the Office of Emergency Services, and First Five 5 California, shall develop a process for the selection of eligible counties in the state to voluntarily participate in the program and select the counties that will participate. A county shall may participate at its option.
(c) In designing the Shaken Baby Syndrome Education Program, using its own experts and drawing on the expertise of stakeholders, the department shall select the most appropriate evidence-based approaches to provide new parents and caregivers of newborns and young infants with information and education relating to shaken baby syndrome, including, but not limited to, the following:
(1) Selecting and developing instructional materials designed to teach parents and other caregivers of infants about shaken baby syndrome and its prevention.
(2) Providing information and materials to parents and caregivers of infants, based on the current best practices for the delivery of educational and prevention-related information.
(3) Developing an implementation plan that addresses the phasing in, including the launch, expansion, and bringing to scale of the core components of the evidence-based program across the state and that incorporates additional components as appropriate to raise awareness of shaken baby syndrome.
(d) The department shall, by January 1, 2020, prepare and submit to the Legislature a report evaluating the effectiveness of the program in reducing the number of injuries and infant deaths in the state from shaken baby syndrome, including a review of the benchmarks, feedback about the program, and improvement opportunities, as applicable.
(e) The activities required by this section shall be funded with available moneys from the Children’s Trust Fund, established pursuant to Section 18969 of the Welfare and Institutions Code, but shall not be funded from General Fund moneys. The State Department of Social Services may also accept and expend other private funds from donations that are received by the department for the purposes of this section.
(f) This section shall become inoperative on July 1, 2020, and, as of January 1, 2021, is repealed, unless a later enacted statute, that becomes operative on or before January 1, 2021, deletes or extends the dates on which it becomes inoperative and is repealed.