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DIVISION 9. PUBLIC SOCIAL SERVICES [10000 - 18999.8]

  ( Division 9 added by Stats. 1965, Ch. 1784. )

PART 6. MISCELLANEOUS PROVISIONS [18000 - 18999.8]

  ( Part 6 added by Stats. 1965, Ch. 1784. )

CHAPTER 4.5. Child Sexual Abuse Prevention Training Centers [18275 - 18279.5]
  ( Chapter 4.5 repealed and added by Stats. 1984, Ch. 1664, Sec. 3. )

18275.
  

The Legislature finds that there is a need to develop programs to provide the kinds of innovative strategies and services which will ameliorate, reduce, and ultimately eliminate the trauma of child sexual abuse.

The Legislature also finds that for the purposes of developing and providing these programs and services, and for the training of, and providing information to, city and county personnel throughout the state, it is necessary to expand the services provided by the child sexual abuse prevention demonstration center established pursuant to the former provisions of this chapter.

(Repealed and added by Stats. 1984, Ch. 1664, Sec. 3. Effective September 30, 1984.)

18275.5.
  

Unless the context requires otherwise, for purposes of this chapter:

(a) “Director” means the Director of Emergency Services.

(b) “Office” means the Office of Emergency Services.

(Amended by Stats. 2013, Ch. 352, Sec. 539. (AB 1317) Effective September 26, 2013. Operative July 1, 2013, by Sec. 543 of Ch. 352.)

18276.
  

The functions and goals of the program developed by the centers shall include all of the following:

(a) Provision of counseling and practical assistance by onsite professionals to sexually abused children and their families, particularly to victims of incest.

(b) Hastening, where in the interests of the child, the process of reconstitution of the family and the marriage.

(c) Marshaling and coordinating the services of all agencies responsible for the sexually abused child and his or her family, as well as other resources to ensure comprehensive, supportive case management.

(d) Employment of a model that fosters self-managed growth, rather than a medical model based on curing disease, and that avoids static theory and methods.

(e) Responding to individual physical, emotional, and social needs of clients so that supportive services are individually tailored and applied as long as necessary.

(f) Facilitation of the expansion and autonomy of self-help groups and provision of guidance to the membership, such as (1) training in cocounseling, self-management, and intrafamily communication techniques, and (2) training in locating community resources.

(g) Informing the public at large and professional agencies about the existence and supportive approach of the program with the aim of encouraging victims and offenders to seek the services of the program voluntarily.

(h) Development of informational and training materials and seminars to enable emulation or adaptation of the program by other communities, emphasizing the program’s stress on cooperation and coordination with all appropriate elements of the criminal justice system and law enforcement system.

(Repealed and added by Stats. 1984, Ch. 1664, Sec. 3. Effective September 30, 1984.)

18276.5.
  

(a) The two centers selected pursuant to Section 18277 shall develop training programs pertaining to the prevention of and assistance to victims of child sexual abuse and their families. These programs shall be designed for the training of interagency teams of service providers and individual service providers throughout the state, including public and private personnel, who shall in turn offer that training in their communities.

(b) The department shall enter into contracts with each center providing for training and allocating training positions to each center as funds are available to pay for the tuition of individuals who attend the training programs. The contracts shall provide the same amount of funding for each center.

(c) Subject to the review of the department, the centers shall select trainees based upon the following criteria:

(1) In the first year, a minimum of ten individuals from each county shall be chosen.

(2) In subsequent years, a minimum of one-fourth of all positions shall be allocated to rural counties.

(3) When possible, distribution shall be based on the relative population of the counties in which the participants provide services.

(4) The rate of demand for services by child sexual abuse victims and their families in the county.

(5) An emphasis shall be placed on the training of teams of service providers from a geographic area, rather than on training individual service providers.

(6) The ability of the individuals chosen to duplicate the training in his or her geographic area.

(7) The ability of the individuals to apply the training as a direct service provider.

(8) A geographic dispersion of trainees throughout a county is preferred, where feasible.

(Added by Stats. 1984, Ch. 1664, Sec. 3. Effective September 30, 1984.)

18277.
  

The director shall select two child sexual abuse prevention training centers, one in northern California and the other in southern California, which shall receive state funds pursuant to this chapter. The director shall give consideration to existing demonstration programs relating to the prevention of sexual abuse of children and may award grant awards on a sole source basis to the two training centers which he or she selects for funding. The office shall appraise the performance of the training centers on an annual basis and determine whether they shall receive continuation grants.

(Amended by Stats. 2013, Ch. 352, Sec. 540. (AB 1317) Effective September 26, 2013. Operative July 1, 2013, by Sec. 543 of Ch. 352.)

18278.
  

(a) The office shall make grants to community nonprofit child sexual abuse treatment programs that are unable to meet the current demand for their services, pursuant to this section.

(b) Programs seeking these grants shall apply to the Office of Criminal Justice Planning in the manner prescribed by the Office of Criminal Justice. Each award shall be limited to twenty-five thousand dollars ($25,000). Programs shall be selected based, at a minimum, on the following criteria:

(1) The program’s inability to meet the public demand for its services.

(2) The program’s use of the award to maximize the services provided to clients who would not otherwise be served.

(3) The likelihood that the program will be able to maintain the new level of service after the funds granted are depleted.

The awards shall be equitably distributed to programs in northern and southern California. At least one-fourth of the funds shall be distributed to rural programs.

(c) The office shall fund programs as expeditiously as possible; program funding shall commence within 90 days after the effective date of this chapter.

(Amended by Stats. 2013, Ch. 352, Sec. 541. (AB 1317) Effective September 26, 2013. Operative July 1, 2013, by Sec. 543 of Ch. 352.)

18278.5.
  

The office shall enter into contracts with the centers for the provision of services required by this chapter within four months of the effective date of this chapter.

(Amended by Stats. 2013, Ch. 352, Sec. 542. (AB 1317) Effective September 26, 2013. Operative July 1, 2013, by Sec. 543 of Ch. 352.)

18279.5.
  

The centers may seek, receive, and make use of any funds which may be made available from federal, voluntary, philanthropic, or other sources in order to augment any state funds appropriated for the purposes of this chapter.

(Added by Stats. 1984, Ch. 1664, Sec. 3. Effective September 30, 1984.)

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