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AB-2047 Emergency services: Alzheimer’s disease: dementia.(2019-2020)

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Date Published: 07/07/2020 09:00 PM
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Amended  IN  Senate  July 07, 2020
Amended  IN  Assembly  May 07, 2020

CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2019–2020 REGULAR SESSION

Assembly Bill
No. 2047


Introduced by Assembly Members Aguiar-Curry and Limón

February 03, 2020


An act to amend Section 8593.3 of, and to add Section 8593.3.1 to, to the Government Code, relating to emergency services.


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


AB 2047, as amended, Aguiar-Curry. Emergency services: Alzheimer’s disease: dementia.
Existing law establishes the Office of Emergency Services within the office of the Governor and under the supervision of the Director of Emergency Services and makes the office responsible for the state’s emergency and disaster response services for natural, technological, or human-made disasters and emergencies. Existing law requires a county, upon the next update to its emergency plan, to integrate access and functional needs into its emergency plan by, at a minimum, addressing how the access and functional needs population, as defined, is served with regard to emergency communication, emergency evacuations, and emergency sheltering.
This bill would add individuals who have Alzheimer’s disease or dementia to the definition of “access and functional needs population.” The This bill would also require a county, as part of its integration of access and functional needs into the update of its emergency plan, to address how the access and functional needs the Alzheimer’s disease and dementia population by addressing how the Alzheimer’s disease and dementia population is served by both of the following: emergency communications, including direct communications to those who may, due to their condition, be unable to follow emergency guidelines, and emergency sheltering in place, stay-at-home orders, including dissemination of specified information. By increasing the duties of local officials, this bill would impose a state-mandated local program.
The California Constitution requires the state to reimburse local agencies and school districts for certain costs mandated by the state. Statutory provisions establish procedures for making that reimbursement.
This bill would provide that, if the Commission on State Mandates determines that the bill contains costs mandated by the state, reimbursement for those costs shall be made pursuant to the statutory provisions noted above.
Vote: MAJORITY   Appropriation: NO   Fiscal Committee: YES   Local Program: YES  

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


SECTION 1.Section 8593.3 of the Government Code is amended to read:
8593.3.

(a)A county, including a city and county, shall, upon the next update to its emergency plan, integrate access and functional needs into its emergency plan by addressing, at a minimum, how the access and functional needs population is served by the following:

(1)Emergency communications, including the integration of interpreters, translators, and assistive technology.

(2)Emergency evacuation, including the identification of transportation resources and resources that are compliant with the federal Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (42 U.S.C. Sec. 12101 et seq.) for individuals who are dependent on public transportation.

(3)Emergency sheltering, including ensuring that designated shelters are compliant with the federal Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (42 U.S.C. Sec. 12101 et seq.) or can be made compliant through modification and that showers and bathrooms are fully accessible to all occupants.

(b)For purposes of this section, the “access and functional needs population” consists of individuals who have developmental or intellectual disabilities, physical disabilities, Alzheimer’s disease or dementia, chronic conditions, injuries, limited English proficiency or who are non-English speaking, seniors, children, people living in institutionalized settings, or those who are low income, homeless, or transportation disadvantaged, including, but not limited to, those who are dependent on public transit or those who are pregnant.

(c)A county, or city and county, upon the next update to its emergency plan, regarding the integration of access and functional needs into that emergency plan, shall include representatives from the access and functional needs population, pursuant to subdivision (b), including, but not limited to, social service agencies, nonprofit organizations, and transportation providers.

SEC. 2.SECTION 1.

 Section 8593.3.1 is added to the Government Code, to read:

8593.3.1.
 A county, including a city and county, shall, upon the next update to its emergency plan, integrate access and functional needs the Alzheimer’s disease and dementia population into its emergency plan by addressing how the access and functional needs population, as defined in Section 8593.3, Alzheimer’s disease and dementia population within its jurisdiction, is served by both of the following:
(a) Emergency communications, including direct communications to those who may, due to their condition, be unable to follow emergency guidelines. guidelines. A county, or a city and county, may coordinate with local nonprofit organizations, social service agencies, or the Alzheimer’s Association in California to identify individuals.
(b) Emergency sheltering in place, stay-at-home orders, including dissemination of information regarding all of the following:
(1) Meal security. security, if local programs are in place to provide meals to affected persons or emergency meal service programs are activated with support from state or federal funding.
(2) Access to essential health care and pharmaceuticals. pharmaceuticals, including telehealth.
(3) Other emergency resources or supports that become available. available during the course of the emergency stay-at-home order.

SEC. 3.SEC. 2.

 If the Commission on State Mandates determines that this act contains costs mandated by the state, reimbursement to local agencies and school districts for those costs shall be made pursuant to Part 7 (commencing with Section 17500) of Division 4 of Title 2 of the Government Code.