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SB-776 Corrections: veterans’ benefits.(2017-2018)

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Date Published: 07/05/2017 09:00 PM
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Amended  IN  Assembly  July 05, 2017
Amended  IN  Assembly  June 22, 2017
Amended  IN  Senate  May 26, 2017
Amended  IN  Senate  March 27, 2017

CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2017–2018 REGULAR SESSION

Senate Bill No. 776


Introduced by Senator Newman
(Coauthor: Senator Atkins)

February 17, 2017


An act to add Section 2066 to the Penal Code, relating to corrections.


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


SB 776, as amended, Newman. Corrections: veterans’ benefits.
Existing law establishes the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, and charges it with certain duties and powers, including, among others, the operation of state prisons.
This bill would require the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation to provide one employee, other than a correctional officer or other custodial employee, for every 5 state prisons, who is trained and accredited by the Department of Veterans Affairs to assist incarcerated veterans in applying for and receiving any federal or other veterans’ benefits for which they or their families may be eligible. The bill would require the department employee to forward any claims he or she develops for federal veterans’ benefits for an incarcerated veteran to the local county veterans service office for quality control review and for inputting the have the hardware, software, and access to those computer networks as are reasonably necessary to perform their duties and to input all claims into various federal and state processing systems.
Vote: MAJORITY   Appropriation: NO   Fiscal Committee: YES   Local Program: NO  

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


SECTION 1.

 Section 2066 is added to the Penal Code, to read:

2066.
 (a) The department shall provide one employee, other than a correctional officer or other custodial employee, for every five state prisons, who is trained and accredited by the Department of Veterans Affairs and who shall assist incarcerated veterans in applying for and receiving any federal or other veterans’ benefits for which they or their families may be eligible.

(b)The department employee shall forward any claim he or she develops for federal veterans’ benefits for an incarcerated veteran to the local county veterans service office for the following actions:

(1)Quality control review.

(2)Inputting the claim into the federal claims processing system.

(b) The department employee described in subdivision (a) shall have the hardware, software, and access to those computer networks as are reasonably necessary to perform his or her duties.

(3)Inputting the claim

(c) The department employee described in subdivision (a) shall input all claims into the VetPro software system used by the Department of Veterans Affairs and local county veterans service offices, or any replacement software system that is intended to perform the same function.