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AB-2933 Public social services: county liaison for higher education.(2017-2018)

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Date Published: 04/09/2018 09:00 PM
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Amended  IN  Assembly  April 09, 2018
Amended  IN  Assembly  April 03, 2018

CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2017–2018 REGULAR SESSION

Assembly Bill No. 2933


Introduced by Assembly Member Medina

February 16, 2018


An act to add Section 10004 to the Welfare and Institutions Code, relating to public social services.


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


AB 2933, as amended, Medina. Public social services: county liaison for higher education.
Existing law provides for the protection, care, and assistance for the people of the state, and the promotion of the welfare and happiness of all people in the state by providing appropriate aid and services to the needy and distressed. Under existing law, counties are responsible for administering the various public social services programs and related services, including, but not limited to, CalFresh and general assistance benefits.
Existing law establishes the California Community Colleges, under the administration of the Board of Governors of the California Community Colleges, as one of the segments of public postsecondary education in this state. Existing law establishes community college districts throughout the state.
This bill would require a county welfare human services agency, or any other county agency with similar programmatic responsibilities, to consider establishing a county designate an agency liaison for higher education as a single point of contact in the agency for academic counselors and other professional staff at local community colleges and other institutions of higher education, located within the county, and to provide resource and referral information regarding relevant programs under the agency’s jurisdiction to students who have expressed a need that might be met by those services. The bill would require the county liaison’s duties to be funded using existing resources. The bill would require a disclosure of personal information under the bill to be made in compliance with applicable state and federal confidentiality laws. By requiring counties to perform new duties, the bill would impose 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, if the Commission on State Mandates determines that the bill contains costs mandated by the state, reimbursement for those costs shall be made pursuant to the statutory provisions noted above.
Vote: MAJORITY   Appropriation: NO   Fiscal Committee: YES   Local Program: YES  

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


SECTION 1.

 Section 10004 is added to the Welfare and Institutions Code, to read:

10004.
 (a)  A county welfare human services agency, or any other county agency responsible for social services, health services, or behavioral health services programs, in the course of its regular planning and review processes, programs shall consider establishing a county designate an agency liaison for higher education, as provided in this section. The county agency liaison for higher education shall be the single point of contact in the agency for academic counselors and other relevant professional staff at local community colleges and other institutions of higher education, to located within the county, and shall provide resource and referral information regarding relevant programs under the agency’s jurisdiction to students who have expressed a need that might be met by those services. The county liaison duties shall be funded using existing county resources.

(b)Programs and services for which a county liaison for higher education may provide assistance under this section include, but are not limited to, the following:

(1)CalFresh.

(2)General assistance.

(3)Energy assistance.

(4)Suicide prevention services.

(5)Sexual assault counseling.

(c)

(b) A county agency subject to this section is encouraged to consult with local community colleges and other institutions of higher learning located within the county to best determine how the county agency liaison can assist counselors and other professional staff members in meeting the needs of the student population.

(d)

(c) Any disclosure or sharing of personal information under this section shall be made in compliance with applicable state and federal confidentiality laws.

SEC. 2.

 If the Commission on State Mandates determines that this act contains costs mandated by the state, reimbursement to local agencies and school districts for those costs shall be made pursuant to Part 7 (commencing with Section 17500) of Division 4 of Title 2 of the Government Code.