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AB-1365 Veterans homes: planning strategy.(2017-2018)

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Date Published: 10/05/2017 09:00 PM
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Assembly Bill No. 1365
CHAPTER 509

An act to add Chapter 1.5 (commencing with Section 1070) to Division 5 of the Military and Veterans Code, relating to veterans.

[ Approved by Governor  October 05, 2017. Filed with Secretary of State  October 05, 2017. ]

LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


AB 1365, Reyes. Veterans homes: planning strategy.
Existing law establishes various veterans homes for the benefit of the aged and disabled persons who served in the Armed Forces of the United States of America.
This bill would require the Department of Veterans Affairs, on or before February 1, 2019, and annually thereafter, to submit to the Legislature and post on its Internet Web site a specified financial report of the veterans homes located in Barstow, Chula Vista, Fresno, Lancaster, Redding, Ventura, West Los Angeles, and Yountville. The bill would further require the department to review the use of a veterans home, using specified factors, no later than 5 years before the expiration of a specified use restriction imposed by federal law to determine the best continued, unrestricted use of the veterans home. The bill would require the department, every 5 years after the date of the expiration of the use restriction, to review the veterans home, using specified factors, to determine its best continued use.
Vote: MAJORITY   Appropriation: NO   Fiscal Committee: YES   Local Program: NO  

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


SECTION 1.

 Chapter 1.5 (commencing with Section 1070) is added to Division 5 of the Military and Veterans Code, to read:
CHAPTER  1.5. Veterans Homes Planning Strategy

1070.
 For purposes of this chapter, the following definitions shall apply:
(a) “Department” means the Department of Veterans Affairs.
(b) “Home” means a veterans home located in Barstow, Chula Vista, Fresno, Lancaster, Redding, Ventura, West Los Angeles, or Yountville.

1072.
 (a) On or before February 1, 2019, the department shall submit to the Legislature and post in a prominent location on its Internet Web site in an accessible and searchable format a financial report that provides all of the following information regarding each home identified in subdivision (b) of Section 1070:
(1) The amount of state funds budgeted to and the amount of revenue collected from the home.
(2) The remaining amount of expected revenue from the home over a period of several years, as applicable.
(3) Aggregate costs of care per resident, segregated by level of care, for the home.
(4) Current maintenance costs of the home.
(5) Projected maintenance costs for the home.
(b) The department shall update the report required by subdivision (a) on or before February 1, 2020, and annually thereafter. The department shall submit to the Legislature and post on its Internet Web site each updated annual report in compliance with this chapter.

1074.
 The department shall review the use of a home no later than five years before the expiration of the use restriction imposed by federal law on the home (38 U.S.C. Sec. 8136, 38 C.F.R. 59.110, and any successor to those provisions) to determine the best continued, unrestricted use of the home. The department shall review all of the following in making the determination:
(a) Every financial report created pursuant to Section 1072.
(b) Current needs of the regional veterans population.
(c) Projections regarding the changing composition of the veterans population.
(d) Assessment of resources available to serve the projected veterans population.
(e) Input from veteran residents of the home, community members near the home, and other stakeholders.
(f) Any other factors the department determines are necessary to review to make the determination.

1076.
 (a) Five years after the date of the expiration of the use restriction imposed by federal law on a home (38 U.S.C. Sec. 8136, 38 C.F.R. 59.110, and any successor to those provisions), the department shall review the home to determine the best continued use of the home. The department shall review all of the following in making the determination:
(1) Every financial report created pursuant to Section 1072.
(2) Current needs of the regional veterans population.
(3) Projections regarding the changing composition of the veteran population.
(4) Assessment of resources available to serve the projected veteran population.
(5) Input from veteran residents of the home, community members near the home, and other stakeholders.
(6) Any other factors the department determines are necessary to review to make the determination.
(b) The department shall update the determination required by subdivision (a) every five years from the date of the last determination.

1078.
 The department shall submit each report to the Legislature required by this chapter in compliance with Section 9795 of the Government Code.

1080.
 This chapter shall not be deemed to require or authorize the disclosure of personal or medical information otherwise prohibited or restricted from disclosure.