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AB-2083 Foster youth: trauma-informed system of care.(2017-2018)

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Date Published: 02/07/2018 09:00 PM
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CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2017–2018 REGULAR SESSION

Assembly Bill No. 2083


Introduced by Assembly Member Cooley

February 07, 2018


An act relating to foster youth.


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


AB 2083, as introduced, Cooley. Foster youth: trauma-informed system of care.
Existing law, commonly known as Continuum of Care Reform (CCR), states the intent of the Legislature in adopting CCR to improve California’s child welfare system and its outcomes by using comprehensive initial child assessments, increasing the use of home-based family care and the provision of services and supports to home-based family care, reducing the use of congregate care placement settings, and creating faster paths to permanency resulting in shorter durations of involvement in the child welfare and juvenile justice systems. Existing law, as part of CCR, provides for the implementation of the resource family approval process, which replaces the multiple processes for licensing foster family homes, certifying foster homes by foster family agencies, approving relatives and nonrelative extended family members as foster care providers, and approving guardians and adoptive families.
This bill would state the intent of the Legislature to enact legislation that would build upon the current CCR implementation effort by, among other things, developing a coordinated and trauma-informed system-of-care approach to better provide care for foster youth, requiring specified agencies to develop and implement local memoranda of understanding to provide care management coordination for child welfare-involved children, youth, and families, and establishing a joint state interagency resolution team to support counties, as specified.
Vote: MAJORITY   Appropriation: NO   Fiscal Committee: NO   Local Program: NO  

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


SECTION 1.

 It is the intent of the Legislature to enact legislation that would build upon the current Continuum of Care Reform implementation effort through the following actions:
(a) Develop a coordinated and trauma-informed system-of-care approach at the state and local levels to better provide care for foster youth served by multiple agencies, including, but not limited to, behavioral health departments, probation departments, regional centers, and offices of education.
(b) Require county child welfare agencies, probation departments, behavioral health departments, regional centers, and offices of education to develop and implement local memoranda of understanding to provide care management coordination for child welfare-involved children, youth, and families who are served by multiple agencies.
(c) Require the Secretary of California Health and Human Services and the Superintendent of Public Instruction to convene representatives from the State Department of Social Services, the State Department of Health Care Services, the State Department of Developmental Services, and the State Department of Education to establish a joint interagency resolution team to provide guidance and support the implementation of the local memoranda of understanding described in subdivision (b), and to provide technical assistance to counties to identify and secure the appropriate level of services to meet the needs of foster children.
(d) Require the State Department of Social Services and the State Department of Health Care Services to develop and submit a joint plan to the Legislature, with input from stakeholders, to improve the capacity and delivery of trauma-informed care to foster youth served by short-term residential therapeutic programs and other foster care providers.