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AB-2101 Engaging Elders through Volunteerism.(2017-2018)

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Date Published: 02/08/2018 09:00 PM
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CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2017–2018 REGULAR SESSION

Assembly Bill No. 2101


Introduced by Assembly Member Acosta

February 08, 2018


An act to amend Section 9118.5 of the Welfare and Institutions Code, relating to volunteers.


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


AB 2101, as introduced, Acosta. Engaging Elders through Volunteerism.
Existing law establishes in the California Health and Human Services Agency, the California Department of Aging to provide leadership to the area agencies on aging in developing systems of home- and community-based services that maintain individuals in their own homes or least restrictive homelike environments. Existing law expresses the request of the Legislature that a state office formerly known as the Governor’s Office on Service and Volunteerism, pursue resources to develop an Elder Corps master plan to expand opportunities for engaging California’s seniors, and to set standards for the effective training and supervision of volunteers.
This bill would make technical, nonsubstantive changes to that provision.
Vote: MAJORITY   Appropriation: NO   Fiscal Committee: NO   Local Program: NO  

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


SECTION 1.

 Section 9118.5 of the Welfare and Institutions Code is amended to read:

9118.5.
 (a) The Legislature requests that the Governor’s Office on Service and Volunteerism, CaliforniaVolunteers, in formulating its Unified State Plan for Service, and in coordination with the Corporation for National and Community Service and other involved entities including, but not limited to, the California Department of Aging and the State Department of Social Services, pursue resources to develop an Elder Corps master plan to expand opportunities for engaging California’s seniors, and to set standards for the effective training and supervision of volunteers.
(b) The master plan described in subdivision (a) should also include recommendations for exploring the feasibility of incorporating the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program Program, or its successor program, as a state program authorized under the Mello-Granlund Older Californians Act pursuant to Division 5 (commencing with Section 9000).
(c) The master plan described in subdivision (a) shall be completed only if and when private funding is received for that purpose.
(d) The Legislature requests that the Governor’s Office on Service and Volunteerism CaliforniaVolunteers work with the Corporation for National and Community Service to ensure that California’s portion of the federal funds expected to be received through President Bush’s USA Freedom Corps Corps, or its successor entity, are used, in part, to enhance senior volunteer opportunities and intergenerational involvement, building off current programs and structures and utilizing the best practices of volunteer management.