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SB-1350 Runaway Youth and Families in Crisis Project. (2019-2020)

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Date Published: 02/21/2020 09:00 PM
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CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2019–2020 REGULAR SESSION

Senate Bill
No. 1350


Introduced by Senator Hurtado

February 21, 2020


An act to amend Section 1788 of the Welfare and Institutions Code, relating to runaway youth.


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


SB 1350, as introduced, Hurtado. Runaway Youth and Families in Crisis Project.
Existing law establishes the Runaway Youth and Families in Crisis Project, under which projects are established in one more counties in each of 3 specified geographical regions for a period of no less than 3 years through a grant program to eligible private, nonprofit organizations. Under existing law, this program is administered by the Office of Emergency Services. Existing law requires each project to provide specified services, including temporary shelter and related services, which includes food and access to overnight shelter for no more than 14 days.
This bill would instead require each project to provide food and access to overnight shelter for no more than 20 days.
Vote: MAJORITY   Appropriation: NO   Fiscal Committee: NO   Local Program: NO  

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


SECTION 1.

 Section 1788 of the Welfare and Institutions Code is amended to read:

1788.
 Each Runaway Youth and Families in Crisis Project established under this article shall provide services which shall include, but not be limited to, all of the following:
(a) Temporary shelter and related services to runaway youth. The services shall include:
(1) Food and access to overnight shelter for no more than 14 20 days.
(2) Counseling and referrals to services which address immediate emotional needs or problems.
(3) Screening for basic health needs and referral to public and private health providers for health care. Shelters that are not equipped to house a youth with substance abuse problems shall refer that youth to an appropriate clinic or facility. The shelter shall monitor the youth’s progress and assist the youth with services upon his or her the youth’s release from the substance abuse facility.
(4) Long-term planning so that the youth may be returned to the home of the parent or guardian under conditions which favor long-term reunification with the family, or so the youth can be suitably placed in a situation outside of the parental or guardian home when such reunification is not possible.
(5) Outreach services and activities to locate runaway youth and to link them with project services.
(b) Family crisis resolution services to runaway and nonrunaway youth and their families which shall include:
(1) Parent training.
(2) Family counseling.
(3) Services designed to reunify youth and their families.
(4) Referral to other services offered in the community by public and private agencies.
(5) Long-term planning so that the youth may be returned to the home of the parent or guardian under conditions which favor long-term reunification with the family, or so the youth can be suitably placed in a situation outside of the parental or guardian home when such reunification is not possible.
(6) Followup services to ensure that the return to the parent or guardian or the placement outside of the parental or guardian home is stable.
(7) Outreach services and activities to locate runaway and nonrunaway youth and to link them with project services.
(c) Transitional living services shall include:
(1) Long-term shelter.
(2) Independent living skill services.
(3) Preemployment and employment skills training.
(4) Home responsibilities training.
(d) Where When appropriate and necessary, some of the services identified under this section must also be provided in the local community and in the home of project clients. Projects shall notify parents that their children are staying at a project site consistent with state and federal parent notification requirements.