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AB-665 Care facilities: internet access.(2021-2022)



As Amends the Law Today


SECTION 1.

 Section 1537.1 is added to the Health and Safety Code, to read:

1537.1.
 (a) A licensee of a residential facility serving adults that has internet service shall provide at least one internet access device, such as a computer, smart phone, tablet, or other device, that can support real-time interactive applications, is equipped with videoconferencing technology, including microphone and camera functions, and is dedicated for client use.
(b) A licensee shall ensure the following requirements are met in providing any internet access device for client use:
(1) The device shall be available in a manner that allows a client to access it for discussion of personal or confidential information with a reasonable level of personal privacy.
(2) The device shall be made available to clients in a manner that permits shared access among all clients in the facility during reasonable hours.

SEC. 2.

 Section 1568.074 is added to the Health and Safety Code, to read:

1568.074.
 (a) A licensee of a facility that has internet service shall provide at least one internet access device, such as a computer, smart phone, tablet, or other device, that can support real-time interactive applications, is equipped with videoconferencing technology, including microphone and camera functions, and is dedicated for client use.
(b) A licensee shall ensure the following requirements are met in providing any internet access device for client use:
(1) The device shall be available in a manner that allows a client to access it for discussion of personal or confidential information with a reasonable level of personal privacy.
(2) The device shall be made available to clients in a manner that permits shared access among all clients in the facility during reasonable hours.

SEC. 3.

 Section 1569.319 is added to the Health and Safety Code, to read:

1569.319.
 (a) A licensee of a facility that has internet service shall provide at least one internet access device, such as a computer, smart phone, tablet, or other device, that can support real-time interactive applications, is equipped with videoconferencing technology, including microphone and camera functions, and is dedicated for resident use.
(b) A licensee shall ensure the following requirements are met in providing any internet access device for resident use:
(1) The device shall be available in a manner that allows a resident to access it for discussion of personal or confidential information with a reasonable level of personal privacy.
(2) The device shall be made available to residents in a manner that permits shared access among all residents in the facility during reasonable hours.
SEC. 4.
 No reimbursement is required by this act pursuant to Section 6 of Article XIII B of the California Constitution because the only costs that may be incurred by a local agency or school district will be incurred because this act creates a new crime or infraction, eliminates a crime or infraction, or changes the penalty for a crime or infraction, within the meaning of Section 17556 of the Government Code, or changes the definition of a crime within the meaning of Section 6 of Article XIII B of the California Constitution.