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AB-1295 Temporary housing and supportive services program.(2019-2020)

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Date Published: 04/22/2019 09:00 PM
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Amended  IN  Assembly  April 22, 2019

CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2019–2020 REGULAR SESSION

Assembly Bill No. 1295


Introduced by Assembly Member Quirk-Silva

February 22, 2019


An act to add and repeal Section 14670.16 of to the Government Code, and to add and repeal Section 4474.25 of the Welfare and Institutions Code, relating to mental health, and declaring the urgency thereof, to take effect immediately. housing.


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


AB 1295, as amended, Quirk-Silva. Mental health: temporary Temporary housing and supportive services program.

Existing law authorizes the Director of General Services, with the consent of the state agency concerned, to take certain actions with regard to state property, including, among other things, letting any real or personal property that belongs to the state for a period not to exceed 5 years, if the director deems the letting to be in the best interest of the state.

Existing law vests in the State Department of Developmental Services jurisdiction over various state hospitals, referred to as developmental centers, for the provision of care to persons with developmental disabilities. Existing law prohibits the admission of a person to a developmental center except under certain circumstances, including when the person is experiencing an acute crisis and is committed by a court to the acute crisis center at the Fairview Developmental Center or the Sonoma Developmental Center. Existing law requires the State Department of Developmental Services, on or before October 1, 2015, to submit to the Legislature a plan or plans to close one or more developmental centers, as provided.
This bill, notwithstanding the provisions described above, would require the State Department of Developmental Services and the Department of General Services, in consultation with local cities, counties, and other relevant stakeholders, to establish a temporary mental health program on the premises of one currently operating developmental center on or before July 1, 2019, to assist individuals with severe mental illness in need of housing and supportive services. The bill would require the program to be established on the premises of the developmental center with the largest homeless population in the county in which the developmental center is located. bill would require the California Health and Human Services Agency, in consultation with specified stakeholders, to, upon the closure of the Fairview Developmental Center, operate at the site of the former Fairview Developmental Center a temporary housing program for individuals with severe mental illness who are experiencing homelessness. The bill would require the program to accommodate up to 200 individuals and provide program participants with access to housing and onsite services, as specified. The bill would require the intake process for the program to prioritize the needs of severely mentally ill individuals with severe mental illness who have experienced or are experiencing chronic homelessness. The bill would require the departments to ensure that the program does not impair or impede the treatment of consumers residing at the developmental center. The bill would cease operation of the temporary mental health program on December 31, 2021, or on the date of the developmental center site’s closure, whichever is earlier. The bill would require the development of a plan to quickly transition the site of the former Fairview Developmental Center to use by the program upon the closure of the developmental center. The bill would require the plan to be submitted to the fiscal and relevant policy committees of the Legislature and include specified components, including, among others, a description of any maintenance or construction needed to convert the site for its new use. The bill would require the program to cease operation on December 31, 2025, and would repeal these provisions on January 1, 2022. 2026.

This bill would declare that it is to take effect immediately as an urgency statute.

Vote: TWO_THIRDSMAJORITY   Appropriation: NO   Fiscal Committee: YES   Local Program: NO  

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


SECTION 1.

 Section 14670.16 is added to the Government Code, to read:

14670.16.
 (a)Notwithstanding Section 14670 or any other law, the Director of General Services is authorized to utilize state lands and property at a developmental center site the site of the former Fairview Developmental Center for purposes of implementing a temporary housing program pursuant to Section 4474.25 of the Welfare and Institutions Code.

(b)This section shall remain in effect only until January 1, 2022, and as of that date is repealed.

SEC. 2.

 Section 4474.25 is added to the Welfare and Institutions Code, to read:

4474.25.
 (a) Notwithstanding any other law, in In order to assist individuals with severe mental illness who require housing and other supportive services, the State Department of Developmental Services and the Department of General Services, in consultation with local cities, counties, and other relevant stakeholders, shall establish a temporary mental health program at one currently operating developmental center on or before July 1, 2019, according to the following requirements: California Health and Human Services Agency, in consultation with the Department of General Services, the County of Orange, cities located within the County of Orange, the Orange County Continuum of Care, and other relevant stakeholders, shall, upon the closure of Fairview Developmental Center, operate at the site of the former Fairview Developmental Center a temporary housing program for individuals with severe mental illness who are experiencing homelessness.

(1)The temporary mental health program shall operate on the premises of the developmental center with the largest homeless population in the county in which the developmental center is located.

(b) The program established pursuant to subdivision (a) shall meet all of the following requirements:

(2)

(1) The temporary mental health housing program shall cease to operate on December 31, 2021, or on the date of the developmental center site’s closure, whichever is earlier. 2025.

(3)

(2) The program shall accommodate up to 200 individuals.

(4)

(3) Program participants shall be provided housing and supportive services, including, but not limited to, mental health services and health care services, on the premises of the developmental center. site of the former Fairview Developmental Center. Participants shall also be provided referrals to available community resources.

(5)

(4) The intake and selection process for the program shall prioritize the needs of severely mentally ill individuals with severe mental illness who have experienced or are experiencing chronic homelessness.

(b)The State Department of Developmental Services and the Department of General Services, in consultation with local cities, counties, and other relevant stakeholders, shall ensure that a program established pursuant to this section shall not impair or impede the treatment of consumers residing at the developmental center.

(c) In preparation for establishing the program established pursuant to subdivision (a), the California Health and Human Services Agency, in consultation with the Department of General Services, the County of Orange, cities located within the County of Orange, the Orange County Continuum of Care, and other relevant stakeholders, shall develop a plan to quickly transition the site of the former Fairview Developmental Center to use by the program upon the closure of the developmental center. The plan shall be submitted to the fiscal and relevant policy committees of the Legislature and shall include all of the following:
(1) A description of any maintenance or construction needed to convert the site for its new use and a timeline by which the maintenance and construction shall be completed.
(2) Establishment of eligibility and selection criteria for participants in the program.
(3) Development of key policies and guidelines for administration and oversight of the program.
(4) Identification of programmatic, administrative, and staffing needs and the entity responsible for meeting each of those needs.
(5) Recommendations on the need for, feasibility of, and steps necessary to, shift control or ownership of the property to local public entities or private nonprofit entities.

(c)

(d) This section shall remain in effect only until January 1, 2022, 2026, and as of that date is repealed.

SEC. 3.

This act is an urgency statute necessary for the immediate preservation of the public peace, health, or safety within the meaning of Article IV of the California Constitution and shall go into immediate effect. The facts constituting the necessity are:

In order to provide for the urgent health and safety needs of the rapidly increasing number of individuals with severe mental illness who are experiencing homelessness in the state, it is necessary that this bill goes into effect immediately.