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AB-47 Human services: coordinated immigration support services.(2021-2022)

As Amends the Law Today

 (a) The Legislature finds and declares that undocumented immigrant families in California affected by the “zero tolerance” family separation policy of the federal government deserve coordinated social services to stabilize them following the trauma of separation.
(b) The Legislature further finds and declares all of the following:
(1) It is unethical to separate children from their parents in the absence of abuse or neglect due to the physical and emotional stress associated with such an ordeal, and such an ordeal has long lasting negative psychological consequences on children and adults.
(2) At least 2,654 children were separated from their parents or caregivers as a result of the Trump administration’s policies.
(3) The federal government was ordered to provide immediate needs assessment screenings and treatment to thousands of immigrant families who were traumatized by the separation policy and who remain in the United States.
(4) This critical remediation was time limited and a more comprehensive response is urgently needed.
(5) Some social service supports for separated undocumented families exist across the state, but these supports could be better coordinated and easier for families to access.
(6) It is in California’s best interest, both in economic and human terms, to locate families affected by the “zero tolerance” family separation policy and link them expeditiously to coordinated, comprehensive, culturally relevant services.
(c) It is the intent of the Legislature to create a program to provide a unified and coordinated response to the needs of immigrant children and families who have been affected by family separation at the southern border of the state. This program would serve to connect immigrant children and families to existing resources that may address their various needs, including, but not limited to, immigration services, food security resources, and mental health services.

SEC. 2.

 Chapter 5.65 (commencing with Section 13350) is added to Part 3 of Division 9 of the Welfare and Institutions Code, immediately following Chapter 5.6 (commencing with Section 13300), to read:

CHAPTER  5.65. Coordinated Immigration Support Services
 For the purposes of this chapter, the following definitions shall apply:
(a) “Department” means the State Department of Social Services.
(b) “Multitiered and coordinated immigration support services” means the coordinated provision of four core service components: a statewide centralized warmline, care coordination and case management, a flexible funding pool, and trauma-informed services.
(c) “Promotorxs” means individuals who serve as a bridge between the community and the services system and nonprofit safety net, providing health education, health promotion, prevention, informational counseling, and referral information, as well as resources in a manner that is culturally and linguistically appropriate. Promotorxs function as cultural brokers who possess a unique understanding of often difficult-to-reach communities. Promotorxs may include, but is not limited to, community health workers (CHWs), peer leaders, and well-being advocates.
(d) “Qualified nonprofit organization” means a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization with demonstrated experience providing the four core service components of multitiered and coordinated immigration support services.
 (a) (1) The department shall establish a program that provides grants to qualified nonprofit organizations for the provision of multitiered and coordinated immigration support services in California to undocumented and mixed-status families who reside in the state and were separated by the federal government’s “zero-tolerance” policy in order to create a statewide warmline infrastructure and provide services to communities in need. The department may work in consultation with stakeholders to further understand the needs of qualified nonprofit organizations working to support these families, and to explore serving other families who have experienced the trauma of separation at the border.
(2) The program shall provide grants to a qualified nonprofit organization or multiple qualified nonprofit organizations that meet all of the following criteria:
(A) Has a presence serving communities across one or more counties in the state.
(B) Has demonstrated experience providing culturally and linguistically responsive cross-sector services, including social services, behavioral health services, education, and legal services systems.
(C) Has demonstrated experience providing trauma-informed care to families affected by immigration policy in the United States.
(b) The multitiered and coordinated immigration support services funded by grants provided under the program shall include the provision of the following four core service components:
(1) A centralized warmline that provides the following functions:
(A) Makes a confidential, toll-free statewide helpline available.
(B) Provides services in the range of languages spoken by children, guardians, and families, as applicable.
(C) Triages caller needs and provides case management or linkage to local community-based providers.
(D) Utilizes developed partnerships with promotorxs that help promote utilization of the warm line.
(2) Care coordination and case management that connects families to the following services, in the range of languages spoken by children, guardians, and families, as applicable:
(A) Culturally relevant physical and behavioral health care.
(B) Legal services.
(C) Vocational services.
(D) Food and grocery resources.
(E) Education services.
(F) Housing services.
(3) Administration, provision, and tracking of a flexible, state-furnished funding pool to address comprehensive basic needs of families.
(4) Trauma-informed, culturally relevant services to address the psychological impact of family separation, including, but not limited to, the following services:
(A) Individual therapy for parents, caregivers, and children.
(B) Family therapy.
(C) Group therapy.
(c) Qualified nonprofit organizations that receive a grant under the program shall submit annual reports to the department that shall include all of the following information:
(1) The number of service requests received.
(2) The number of individuals served.
(3) Whether individuals were served directly by the qualified nonprofit organization or by a community-based organization, or whether the individual was connected to another qualified organization.
(4) The type of services requested or provided.