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SB-339 Veterans treatment courts: Judicial Council assessment and survey.(2017-2018)

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Date Published: 02/14/2017 09:00 PM
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CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2017–2018 REGULAR SESSION

Senate Bill No. 339


Introduced by Senator Roth
(Principal coauthors: Assembly Members Cervantes and Mathis)
(Coauthors: Senators Anderson, Atkins, Fuller, and Nguyen)
(Coauthors: Assembly Members Chávez, Cooper, Mullin, and Quirk)

February 14, 2017


An act to add and repeal Section 68530 of the Government Code, relating to courts, and making an appropriation therefor.


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


SB 339, as introduced, Roth. Veterans treatment courts: Judicial Council assessment and survey.
Existing law establishes a statewide system of courts with a superior court of one or more judges in each county. Existing law authorizes the Judicial Council to prescribe the methods, means, and standards for electronic collection of data related to court administration, practice, and procedure.
This bill would require the Judicial Council to report to the Legislature on a study of veterans and veterans treatment courts that includes a statewide assessment, as specified, of veterans treatment courts currently in operation and a survey of counties that do not operate veterans treatment courts that identifies barriers to program implementation and assesses the need for veterans treatment courts in those counties, if funds are received for that purpose. The bill would require the Judicial Council to report to the Legislature on the results of the study, as specified, on or before June 1, 2020. The bill would create the Veterans Court Assessment Fund in the State Treasury, administered by the Judicial Council, and would authorize the fund to accept private donations, as specified. The bill would appropriate specified sums from the Veterans Court Assessment Fund and from the General Fund for the purpose of conducting the study and report.
Vote: 2/3   Appropriation: YES   Fiscal Committee: YES   Local Program: NO  

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


SECTION 1.

 Section 68530 is added to the Government Code, to read:

68530.
 (a) If the Judicial Council receives funds for the purpose of implementing this section, the Judicial Council shall report to the Legislature on a study of veterans and veterans treatment courts that includes the following:
(1) A statewide assessment of the veterans treatment courts currently in operation that includes the number of veteran participants in the program, services available, and program outcomes, including successful completion or program terminations. The assessment shall evaluate the impact of a sample of veterans treatment courts on participant outcomes, including, but not limited to, program recidivism, mental health, homelessness, employment, social stability, and substance abuse.
(2) A survey of counties that do not operate veterans treatment courts that identifies barriers to program implementation and assesses the need for veterans treatment courts in those jurisdictions based on the veterans services available and the estimated number of veterans involved in the local criminal justice system. The survey shall identify alternative resources that may be available to veterans, such as community courts or other collaborative justice courts.
(b) On or before June 1, 2020, the Judicial Council shall report to the Legislature on the results of the study described in subdivision (a). The report shall include recommendations regarding the expansion of veterans treatment courts or services to counties without veterans treatment courts and shall explore the feasibility of designing regional model veterans treatment courts through the use of service coordination or technological resources. The report shall be submitted in compliance with Section 9795.
(c) Fifty percent of the funds required for the study and report described in this section shall be funded by private sources, and 50 percent of the funds shall be funded by the state, upon appropriation by the Legislature.
(d) The Veterans Court Assessment Fund is hereby created in the State Treasury. The fund shall be administered by the Judicial Council. The fund may accept private donations from entities and individuals. The Judicial Council shall deposit the donations into the fund.
(e) This section shall remain in effect only until January 1, 2021, and as of that date is repealed, unless a later enacted statute that is enacted before January 1, 2021, deletes or extends that date.

SEC. 2.

 If this act is not enacted, the Judicial Council shall return any funds donated to the Veterans Court Assessment Fund or donated for the purpose of carrying out the study and report described in Section 1 of this act to the entity or individual who made the donation in an amount equal to the donation.

SEC. 3.

 The sum of one hundred thousand dollars ($100,000) is hereby appropriated from the Veterans Court Assessment Fund to the Judicial Council for the purpose of conducting the study and report described in Section 68530 of the Government Code.

SEC. 4.

 The sum of one hundred thousand dollars ($100,000) is hereby appropriated from the General Fund to the Judicial Council for the purpose of conducting the study and report described in Section 68530 of the Government Code.