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AB-2030 CalWORKs: accommodations.(2017-2018)

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Date Published: 09/18/2018 09:00 PM
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Assembly Bill No. 2030
CHAPTER 485

An act to add Sections 10824.5, 11051, and 11262 to the Welfare and Institutions Code, relating to CalWORKs.

[ Approved by Governor  September 18, 2018. Filed with Secretary of State  September 18, 2018. ]

LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


AB 2030, Limón. CalWORKs: accommodations.
(1) Existing federal law provides for allocation of federal funds through the federal Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) block grant program to eligible states. California’s version of this program is CalWORKs. Under the CalWORKs program, each county provides cash assistance and other benefits, through a combination of state and county funds and federal funds received through the TANF program, to qualified low-income families and individuals who meet specified eligibility criteria.
Under the CalWORKs program, recipients are required to participate in specified welfare-to-work activities, unless an exception applies. Existing law prohibits medically disabled individuals, as specified, from being required to participate in welfare-to-work activities for so long as the condition continues to exist. Existing law requires that an applicant or recipient be excused from participation in welfare-to-work activities for good cause when the county determines that the applicant or recipient is a victim of domestic violence, as specified. Existing law also authorizes specified supportive services and accommodations for applicants and recipients who are victims of domestic violence or who are experiencing specified conditions, including emotional, mental, or developmental disabilities.
Existing law requires applications for public social services or public assistance, including CalWORKs, to be made to the county welfare department of the county in which the applicant is living. Existing law authorizes applications to be made in writing or upon the standard form prescribed in regulations of the State Department of Social Services. Existing law also requires counties to redetermine the eligibility and grant amounts of a CalWORKs recipient on a semiannual basis through the submission of a semiannual report form.
The federal Americans with Disabilities Act prohibits public entities, such as a state or local government, from discriminating against individuals with a qualified disability or denying those individuals with access to the benefits, services, programs, or activities of that public entity due to disability.
This bill would require the State Department of Social Services to include questions that enable an applicant for, or recipient of, public social services or public assistance, including CalWORKs, to disclose a disability, the need for accommodation due to disability, or any experience of domestic violence in any amendment or revision to the standard form for initial applications and the CalWORKs semiannual report form adopted on or after January 1, 2019.
(2) Existing law directs the Office of Systems Integration within the California Health and Human Services Agency to implement a statewide automated welfare system for specified public assistance programs, including, among others, the CalWORKs program. Existing law requires that statewide implementation of the statewide automated welfare system be achieved through no more than 4 county consortia, including the Interim Statewide Automated Welfare System (SAWS) consortia, and the Los Angeles Eligibility, Automated Determination, Evaluation, and Reporting (LEADER) System. Existing law establishes specified goals for the system, including, among others, the equitable, timely, and consistent treatment of recipients within each program and the reduction of administrative complexity. Existing law declares the intent of the Legislature that representatives from the State Department of Social Services, the State Department of Health Care Services, the Office of Systems Integration, the SAWS consortia, and counties meet with advocates, clients, and other stakeholders no less than quarterly to review the development status of the California Automated Consortium Eligibility System (CalACES) and the California Statewide Automated Welfare System (CalSAWS) projects. Existing law requires the State Department of Social Services, the State Department of Health Care Services, and the Office of Systems Integration to develop, in consultation with the County Welfare Directors Association of California, the SAWS consortia, and stakeholders, a formal process for health and human services advocates and clients to provide input into new or changing public facing elements of CalACES and CalSAWS.
This bill would require any single state automated welfare system implemented pursuant to the above provisions to include a notification to inform the caseworker of a public assistance program applicant or recipient that the applicant or recipient has disclosed the need for an accommodation consistent with the Americans with Disabilities Act or has disclosed a disability or domestic violence experience that may affect his or her eligibility for certain exemptions from, and exceptions to, CalWORKs program requirements. The bill would require the State Department of Social Services to collaborate with county welfare departments in developing this notification. The bill would require the notification to be immediately visible to the caseworker upon opening the applicant’s or recipient’s file in the system.
Vote: MAJORITY   Appropriation: NO   Fiscal Committee: YES   Local Program: NO  

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


SECTION 1.

 Section 10824.5 is added to the Welfare and Institutions Code, to read:

10824.5.
 (a) Any single state automated welfare system implemented pursuant to this chapter shall include a notification to inform the caseworker of a public assistance program applicant or recipient of the following information:
(1) That the applicant or recipient has indicated the need for an accommodation due to disability consistent with Section 12132 of Title 42 of the United States Code and Section 35.130 of Title 28 of the Code of Federal Regulations.
(2) That the applicant or recipient has disclosed a disability or experience of domestic violence that may affect his or her eligibility for certain exemptions from, and exceptions to, program requirements contained in Chapter 2 (commencing with Section 11200) of Part 3.
(b) The State Department of Social Services shall collaborate with county welfare departments in developing the notification required by this section.
(c) The notification required by this section shall be immediately visible to the caseworker upon opening the applicant’s or recipient’s file in the system.

SEC. 2.

 Section 11051 is added to the Welfare and Institutions Code, to read:

11051.
 The department shall include questions that enable an applicant to disclose a disability, the need for accommodation due to disability, and any experience of domestic violence, in any amendment or revision adopted on or after January 1, 2019, to the standard form for initial applications described in Section 11050.

SEC. 3.

 Section 11262 is added to the Welfare and Institutions Code, to read:

11262.
 The department shall include questions that enable a recipient to disclose a disability, the need for accommodation due to disability, and any experience of domestic violence, in any amendment or revision adopted on or after January 1, 2019, to the semiannual report form described in Section 11265.1.