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AB-2840 Employment opportunities: persons with autism.(2017-2018)

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Date Published: 04/03/2018 09:00 PM
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Amended  IN  Assembly  April 03, 2018
Amended  IN  Assembly  March 22, 2018

CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2017–2018 REGULAR SESSION

Assembly Bill No. 2840


Introduced by Assembly Member Rubio

February 16, 2018


An act to add and repeal Article 4 (commencing with Section 14100) of Chapter 3 of Division 7 of the Unemployment Insurance Code, relating to employment.


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


AB 2840, as amended, Rubio. Employment opportunities: persons with autism.
Existing law establishes various programs for job training and employment development, including, among others, establishing the California Workforce Development Board as the body responsible for assisting the Governor in the development, oversight, and continuous improvement of California’s workforce investment.
This bill would create a 3-year pilot program in the counties of Sacramento and Los Angeles for the purposes of increasing long-term employment opportunities for young adults with autism and other intellectual and developmental disabilities. The bill would provide that the pilot program be administered by the California Workforce Development Board and accomplish specified goals. The bill would require the board to submit a report to the Legislature on or before December 31, 2022, 2021, regarding information on the success of the program in accomplishing specified goals.
This bill would make legislative findings and declarations as to the necessity of a special statute for the counties of Los Angeles and Sacramento.

This bill would make legislative findings and declarations as to the necessity of a special statute for the Counties of Los Angeles and Sacramento.

Vote: MAJORITY   Appropriation: NO   Fiscal Committee: YES   Local Program: NO  

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


SECTION 1.

 The Legislature finds and declares all of the following:
(a) Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is the fastest growing developmental disability in the United States.
(b) According to a 2013 report published in the Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, unemployment and underemployment for young adults with ASD is estimated at 90 percent nationwide.
(c) Many employers are unfamiliar with the specific characteristics associated with ASD and thus are unaware of specific employment techniques and strategies that can be instituted with employees to help maximize productivity and increase opportunities for sustained employment.
(d) It is imperative that the state engage young adults with autism in outreach and education efforts so that they can directly help dispel myths, reduce stigma, educate employers, and break barriers to long-term employment. This will not only increase employment opportunities, it will also promote self-advocacy and leadership for this population.

SEC. 2.

 Article 4 (commencing with Section 14100) is added to Chapter 3 of Division 7 of the Unemployment Insurance Code, to read:
Article  4. Breaking Barriers in Employment for Adults with Autism Pilot Program

14100.
 For purposes of this article, the following terms have the following meanings:

(1)

(a) “California Workforce Development Board” or “board” means the California Workforce Development Board established pursuant to Article 1 (commencing with Section 14010) of Chapter 3 of Division 7 of the Unemployment Insurance Code.

(2)

(b) “Grant “Pilot program” means the Breaking Barriers in Employment for Adults with Autism Grant Pilot Program.

(3)

(c) “Targeted population” means adults with autism.

14101.
 (a) This article establishes the Breaking Barriers in Employment for Adults with Autism Pilot Program to be administered by the California Workforce Development Board. The pilot program shall run for until January 1, 2022, in Sacramento and Los Angeles counties.
(b) The grant program shall be developed and implemented in accordance with the criteria set forth in Section 14102 for the purposes of increasing long-term employment opportunities for young adults with autism.
(c) The grant program shall be funded, funded upon appropriation by the Legislature.
(d) The outcomes from the grant program shall be reported pursuant to Section 14104.

14102.
 The board shall administer the pilot program as follows:
(a) Work with an experienced nonprofit organization on the outreach, selection, training, and compensation of young adults with autism to participate in the program.
(b) In collaboration with stakeholders, create a manual to train employers in building workplace capacity for the targeted population. Young adults selected pursuant to subdivision (a) shall participate in the stakeholder meetings and provide input on the content of the employer manual.
(c) Once the manual is developed pursuant to subdivision (b), implement free employer trainings in Sacramento and Los Angeles counties based on the manual. The trainings shall include participation and personal testimony from young adults selected and trained pursuant to subdivision (a).

14103.
 (a) The board may administer the pilot program through a contract with a private, non-profit nonprofit organization for coordination and staff support.
(b) Eligible uses of pilot program funds include, but are not limited to, stakeholder outreach, student trainings, employer trainings, administrative resources, and stipends for participating young adults.

14104.
 By December 31, 2022, 2021, the board shall submit a report to the Legislature, in accordance with Section 9795 of the Government Code. The report shall contain all the following information:
(a) The overall success of the pilot program.
(b) An evaluation of the effectiveness of the program for the targeted population.
(c) A recommendation on the long-term viability of workforce success for the targeted population.

14105.
 This article shall remain in effect until January 1, 2023, 2022, and as of that date is repealed.

SEC. 3.

 The Legislature finds and declares that a special statute is necessary and that a general statute cannot be made applicable within the meaning of Section 16 of Article IV of the California Constitution because of the existing resources available and the unique need to establish a pilot program to assist with the employment of adults with autism in the Counties of Los Angeles and Sacramento.