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AB-991 Foster youth: independent living services. (2017-2018)

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Date Published: 06/14/2018 09:00 PM
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Amended  IN  Senate  June 14, 2018
Amended  IN  Assembly  January 10, 2018
Amended  IN  Assembly  January 03, 2018
Amended  IN  Assembly  March 21, 2017

CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2017–2018 REGULAR SESSION

Assembly Bill No. 991


Introduced by Assembly Member Reyes

February 16, 2017


An act to add Section 10609.43 to the Welfare and Institutions Code, relating to foster youth.


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


AB 991, as amended, Reyes. Foster youth: independent living services.
Existing federal law, the Foster Care Independence Act of 1999, provides the state with federal funding to enable programs that, among other things, identify children who are likely to remain in foster care until 18 years of age and help those children make the transition to self-sufficiency by providing services such as assistance in obtaining a high school diploma, career exploration, vocational training, job placement and retention, training in daily living skills, training in budgeting and financial management skills, substance abuse prevention, and preventive health activities. Existing law designates the State Department of Social Services as supervisor and administrator of public social services, including the Independent Living Program. Existing law declares the administration of public social services in each of the several counties of the state to be a county function, and in the case of public social services for which federal or state funds are provided, subject to the regulations of the department. Existing law requires the department, in consultation with county and state representatives, foster youth, and advocates, to develop statewide standards for the implementation and administration of the Independent Living Program. Existing law requires each county department of social services to submit an annual Independent Living Program report to the department, as specified.
This bill would require require, for each county that has an Internet Web site, each county department of social services to publish on the county’s Internet Web site information regarding all services offered to participants in the Independent Living Program, as specified. The bill would require each county department of social services to annually update that information. The bill would require the department to publish on its Internet Web site for the Independent Living Program direct links to the information published by each county described above. The bill would require the department to annually update those links. By increasing county responsibilities, 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 10609.43 is added to the Welfare and Institutions Code, to read:

10609.43.
 (a) (1) Each For each county that has an Internet Web site, each county department of social services shall publish on the county’s Internet Web site information regarding all services offered to participants in the Independent Living Program, including, but not limited to, class schedules and contact information, or, if services are provided by a contractor, a link to the contractor’s Internet Web site listing programs and services offered.
(2) The county department of social services shall annually update the information published pursuant to paragraph (1) for the purpose of ensuring the accuracy of information necessary for a participant to effectively access and utilize Independent Living Program services.
(b) The State Department of Social Services shall publish on the Internet Web site for its Independent Living Program direct links to the information published by each county pursuant to subdivision (a). The department shall annually review and update those links as necessary.

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.