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AB-998 Multidisciplinary teams: human trafficking and domestic violence.(2017-2018)

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Date Published: 05/14/2018 02:00 PM
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Amended  IN  Senate  May 14, 2018
Amended  IN  Assembly  March 28, 2017

CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2017–2018 REGULAR SESSION

Assembly Bill No. 998


Introduced by Assembly Member Grayson

February 16, 2017


An act to add Section 1052 to the Military and Veterans Code, relating to veterans. An act to amend the heading of Title 5.3 (commencing with Section 13750) of, to add the heading of Chapter 1 (commencing with Section 13750) to Title 5.3 of, and to add Chapter 2 (commencing with Section 13752) to Title 5.3 of, Part 4 of the Penal Code, relating to crime victims.


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


AB 998, as amended, Grayson. Veterans homes: Internet Web site. Multidisciplinary teams: human trafficking and domestic violence.
Existing law authorizes a city, county, city and county, or community-based nonprofit organization to establish a family justice center to assist victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, elder or dependent adult abuse, and human trafficking, to ensure that victims of abuse are able to access all needed services in one location in order to enhance victim safety, increase offender accountability, and improve access to services for victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, elder or dependent adult abuse, and human trafficking. Existing law also authorizes counties to establish multidisciplinary personnel teams regarding issues like child abuse to allow various agencies to collaborate.
This bill would authorize a city, county, city and county, or community-based nonprofit organization to establish a domestic violence multidisciplinary personnel team and a human trafficking multidisciplinary personnel team consisting of two or more persons who are trained in the prevention, identification, management, or treatment of domestic violence or human trafficking cases and who are qualified to provide a broad range of services related to domestic violence or human trafficking. The bill would authorize members of those multidisciplinary personnel teams to disclose to one another information and records that may be confidential but that are relevant to the prevention, identification, management, or treatment of those crimes. The bill would make discussions relating to the disclosure or exchange of that information or records during team meetings confidential, unless required by law, and would prohibit testimony concerning those discussions from being admissible in any criminal, civil, or juvenile court proceeding.

Existing law provides for the establishment and operation of the Veterans’ Home of California at various sites, and for an administrator for each home or homesite. Existing law authorizes the Department of Veterans Affairs to accept and process applications from veterans seeking residency at a home.

This bill would require the Department of Veterans Affairs on or before January 1, 2019, to create an admissions page on its Internet Web site that incorporates an online application option for veterans seeking admission to a home, a user-friendly wait list, contact information for an applicant to ask for assistance regarding the application process, and information on the number of veterans currently on the wait list for each level of care at each home.

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

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


SECTION 1.

 The heading of Title 5.3 (commencing with Section 13750) of Part 4 of the Penal Code is amended to read:

TITLE 5.3. Family Justice Centers and Multidisciplinary Teams

SEC. 2.

 The heading of Chapter 1 (commencing with Section 13750) is added to Title 5.3 of Part 4 of the Penal Code, to read:
CHAPTER  1. Family Justice Centers

SEC. 3.

 Chapter 2 (commencing with Section 13752) is added to Title 5.3 of Part 4 of the Penal Code, to read:
CHAPTER  2. Multidisciplinary Teams

13752.
 (a) Notwithstanding any other law, a city, county, city and county, or community-based nonprofit organization may establish a domestic violence multidisciplinary personnel team consisting of two or more persons who are trained in the prevention, identification, management, or treatment of domestic violence cases and who are qualified to provide a broad range of services related to domestic violence.
(b) (1) The members of the team may disclose and exchange information and records to and with one another relating to incidents of domestic violence that may be confidential if the member of the team having that information or records reasonably believes it is generally relevant to the prevention, identification, management, or treatment of domestic violence or the provision of domestic violence services and support.
(2) All discussions relating to the disclosure or exchange of that information or records during team meetings are confidential unless disclosure is required by law.
(3) Notwithstanding any other law, testimony concerning those discussions is not admissible in any criminal, civil, or juvenile court proceeding.
(c) A domestic violence multidisciplinary team may include, but need not be limited to, any of the following:
(1) Law enforcement personnel.
(2) Medical personnel.
(3) Psychiatrists, psychologists, marriage and family therapists, or other trained counseling personnel.
(4) District attorneys and city attorneys.
(5) Victim-witness program personnel.
(6) Domestic violence shelter service staff.
(7) Sexual assault counselors, as defined in Section 1035.2 of the Evidence Code.
(8) Domestic violence counselors, as defined in Section 1037.1 of the Evidence Code.
(9) Social service agency staff members.
(10) Child welfare agency social workers.
(11) County health department staff.
(12) City or County welfare and public assistance workers.
(13) Nonprofit agency counseling professionals.
(14) Civil legal service providers.
(15) Human trafficking caseworkers.

13753.
 (a) Notwithstanding any other law, a city, county, city and county, or community-based nonprofit organization may establish a human trafficking multidisciplinary personnel team consisting of two or more persons who are trained in the prevention, identification, management, or treatment of human trafficking cases and who are qualified to provide a broad range of services related to human trafficking.
(b) (1) The members of the team may disclose and exchange information and records to and with one another relating to incidents of human trafficking that may be confidential if the member of the team having that information or records reasonably believes it is generally relevant to the prevention, identification, management, or treatment of human trafficking or the provision of human trafficking recovery services and support.
(2) All discussions relative to the disclosure or exchange of that information or records during team meetings are confidential unless disclosure is required by law.
(3) Notwithstanding any other law, testimony concerning those discussions is not admissible in any criminal, civil, or juvenile court proceeding.
(c) A human trafficking multidisciplinary team may include, but need not be limited to, any of the following:
(1) Law enforcement personnel.
(2) Medical personnel.
(3) Psychiatrists, psychologists, marriage and family therapists, or other trained counseling personnel.
(4) District attorneys and city attorneys.
(5) Victim-witness program personnel.
(6) Domestic violence shelter service staff.
(7) Sexual assault counselors, as defined in Section 1035.2 of the Evidence Code.
(8) Domestic violence counselors, as defined in Section 1037.1 of the Evidence Code.
(9) Social service agency staff members.
(10) Child welfare agency social workers.
(11) County health department staff.
(12) City or County welfare and public assistance workers.
(13) Nonprofit agency counseling professionals.
(14) Civil legal service providers.
(15) Human trafficking caseworkers.

SECTION 1.Section 1052 is added to the Military and Veterans Code, to read:
1052.

The department shall, on or before January 1, 2019, create an admissions page on its Internet Web site for the purpose of increasing transparency in the process for admission to the homes. The admissions page shall incorporate all of the following:

(a)An online application option for veterans seeking admission to a home.

(b)A user-friendly wait list showing an applicant’s current spot on a home’s wait list relative to other applicants, updated whenever there is a change, and with a mechanism that preserves applicant privacy.

(c)Contact information for an applicant to ask for assistance regarding the application process.

(d)Information on the number of veterans currently on the wait list for each level of care at each home.