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SB-1203 Law enforcement: homeless outreach teams.(2019-2020)

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Date Published: 02/20/2020 09:00 PM
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CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2019–2020 REGULAR SESSION

Senate Bill
No. 1203


Introduced by Senator Jones

February 20, 2020


An act to add Chapter 8.2 (commencing with Section 13874) to Title 6 of Part 4 of the Penal Code, relating to law enforcement.


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


SB 1203, as introduced, Jones. Law enforcement: homeless outreach teams.
Existing law authorizes a county to establish a homeless adult and family multidisciplinary personnel team, as defined, with the goal of facilitating the expedited identification, assessment, and linkage of homeless individuals to housing and supportive services within that county and to allow provider agencies to share confidential information for the purpose of coordinating housing and supportive services to ensure continuity of care. Existing law authorizes the team to include, among others, housing or homeless services provider agencies, medical personnel, and legal counsel, as specified.
This bill would require the Department of Justice, to the extent funding is provided for these purposes, to administer a competitive grant program to enable local law enforcement agencies to establish and operate homeless outreach teams. The bill would require a homeless outreach team funded with a grant to be composed of specified individuals.
Vote: MAJORITY   Appropriation: NO   Fiscal Committee: YES   Local Program: NO  

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


SECTION 1.

 Chapter 8.2 (commencing with Section 13874) is added to Title 6 of Part 4 of the Penal Code, to read:
CHAPTER  8.2. Homeless Outreach Team Grants

13874.
 (a) To the extent funding is provided for these purposes, the Department of Justice shall administer a competitive grant program to enable local law enforcement agencies to establish and operate a homeless outreach team.
(b) A homeless outreach team established or operated using a grant awarded pursuant to subdivision (a) shall be composed of, at a minimum, a law enforcement officer, a mental health professional, a medical services professional, and a representative of the county welfare department. Except for the law enforcement officer and the county welfare department representative, members of the team may be volunteers, associated with a nonprofit agency, or students in the appropriate field of study.