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AB-1719 Special education programs: Family Empowerment Centers on Disability: grants.(2019-2020)

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Date Published: 02/22/2019 09:00 PM
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CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2019–2020 REGULAR SESSION

Assembly Bill
No. 1719


Introduced by Assembly Member Kiley

February 22, 2019


An act to amend Section 56402 of the Education Code, relating to special education programs.


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


AB 1719, as introduced, Kiley. Special education programs: Family Empowerment Centers on Disability: grants.
Existing law requires the State Department of Education to award grants for the establishment of Family Empowerment Centers on Disability in 32 regions in the state to provide training and services to children and young adults with disabilities and their families. Existing law establishes a minimum base rate of $150,000 for each center awarded a grant and requires a center that receives a grant to complete specified actions related to providing that training and those services.
This bill would require the department to give priority to grant applicants in those of the 32 regions in the state that do not have a center. The bill would require the Superintendent of Public Instruction to determine additional criteria on the basis of which to give priority in awarding grants no later than February 15, 2021, and would require the department to give priority in that manner once it is determined by the Superintendent.
Vote: MAJORITY   Appropriation: NO   Fiscal Committee: YES   Local Program: NO  

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


SECTION 1.

 Section 56402 of the Education Code is amended to read:

56402.
 (a) The State Department of Education department shall award grants to establish Family Empowerment Centers on Disability in each of the 32 regions in the state established under the Early Start Family Resource Centers. In the first year of operation, the State Department of Education department shall award these grants no later than February 15, 2002. In subsequent years, to the extent funding is available, the State Department of Education department shall award these grants no later than February 15 of that year.
(b) (1) On and after January 1, 2020, in awarding grants to Family Empowerment Centers on Disability, the department shall give priority to applicants in the regions in the state established under the Early Start Family Resource Centers that do not have a Family Empowerment Center on Disability.
(2) The Superintendent shall determine additional criteria on the basis of which to give priority pursuant to paragraph (1) no later than February 15, 2021, and the department shall give priority in that manner once it is determined by the Superintendent.

(b)

(c) Once funding is secured, and annually until all centers are established, the State Department of Education department shall submit a report to the appropriate policy committees of the Legislature documenting progress in establishing the centers.

(c)

(d) The department shall develop the grant application, with advice from stakeholders, including parents, guardians, parents and family members of children with disabilities, as well as adults with disabilities and representatives of community agencies serving children and adults with disabilities.

(d)

(e) The sum of twenty-five thousand dollars ($25,000) shall be made available to the department, from the funds appropriated for the purposes of this chapter, for the purpose of securing an outside contractor to develop a request for proposal, disseminate the proposal, empanel readers to evaluate the proposals, and cover other costs related to this process.