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AB-507 Resource families: training topics.(2017-2018)

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Date Published: 07/17/2017 10:00 AM
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Amended  IN  Senate  July 17, 2017
Amended  IN  Assembly  May 26, 2017
Amended  IN  Assembly  March 15, 2017

CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2017–2018 REGULAR SESSION

Assembly Bill No. 507


Introduced by Assembly Member Rubio

February 13, 2017


An act to amend Sections 11400, 11466.24, and 16519.5 of add Section 16519.502 to the Welfare and Institutions Code, relating to foster care.


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


AB 507, as amended, Rubio. Resource families: preapproval training and annual training. training topics.
Existing law provides various placement options for a child who has been removed from his or her home, including placement in a resource family home. Existing law defines a resource family to mean an individual or family that has successfully met both the home environment assessment standards and specified permanency assessment criteria necessary for providing care for a related or unrelated child who is under the jurisdiction of the juvenile court, or otherwise in the care of a county child welfare agency or probation department. Existing law requires the State Department of Social Services to implement a specified resource family approval process in all counties. Existing law makes the counties responsible for, among other things, implementing the requirements for resource family approval, requiring resource families to complete a minimum of 8 hours of caregiver training annually, and updating resource family approval annually and as necessary to address any changes that have occurred in the resource family’s circumstances.
This bill would require each entity responsible for approving a resource family to work with that resource family to develop, as part of the annual resource family approval updates, a training plan that, among other things, is child or youth informed and supports the case plans, goals, and needs of each child or youth in the home. The bill would also require, among other things, the training plan to be developed with input from the social worker or probation office staff for each child who is presently in the home, and informed by discussions in the child and family team meetings. make recommendations to the resource family regarding training topics that support the case plans, goals, and needs of each child in the home, as specified. By imposing a higher level of service on the counties, the bill would impose a state-mandated local program.
The California Constitution requires the state to reimburse local agencies and school districts for certain costs mandated by the state. Statutory provisions establish procedures for making that reimbursement.
This bill would provide that no reimbursement is required by this act for a specified reason.
Vote: MAJORITY   Appropriation: NO   Fiscal Committee: YES   Local Program: YES  

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


SECTION 1.

 Section 16519.502 is added to the Welfare and Institutions Code, to read:

16519.502.
 (a) Each entity responsible for approving a resource family shall make recommendations to the resource family regarding training topics that support the case plans, goals, and needs of each child in the home, after consulting with the resource family and members of the child and family team for each child, as specified by the department in applicable written directives or regulations.
(b) A county, in its discretion, may require a resource family or applicant to receive one or more hours of relevant specialized training that is in addition to the hours of that training that are required by state law.

SEC. 2.

 To the extent that this act has an overall effect of increasing the costs already borne by a local agency for programs or levels of service mandated by the 2011 Realignment Legislation within the meaning of Section 36 of Article XIII of the California Constitution, it shall apply to local agencies only to the extent that the state provides annual funding for the cost increase. Any new program or higher level of service provided by a local agency pursuant to this act above the level for which funding has been provided shall not require a subvention of funds by the state or otherwise be subject to Section 6 of Article XIII B of the California Constitution.