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SB-753 Public social services: emergency notification.(2019-2020)

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Date Published: 01/15/2020 09:00 PM
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Amended  IN  Senate  January 15, 2020
Amended  IN  Senate  January 06, 2020
Amended  IN  Senate  April 04, 2019

CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2019–2020 REGULAR SESSION

Senate Bill
No. 753


Introduced by Senator Stern

February 22, 2019


An act to amend Section 10850.9 of the Welfare and Institutions Code, relating to public social services.


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


SB 753, as amended, Stern. Public social services: emergency notification.
Existing law permits an authorized employee of a county social services department to disclose the name and residential address of elderly or disabled clients to police, fire, or paramedical personnel, or other designated emergency services personnel, in the event of a public safety emergency that necessitates the possible evacuation of the area in which those elderly or disabled clients reside. Existing law specifies that public safety emergencies include, but are not limited to, events that jeopardize the immediate physical safety of county residents.
This bill would additionally permit those individuals’ telephone numbers and e-mail addresses to be disclosed and would specifically identify a public safety power shut-off as a public safety emergency. The bill would require a county social services agency that intends to disclose information as described above to notify elderly or disabled individuals receiving services of that fact and give the individual the option to opt out of having that information disclosed. The bill would limit the use of the disclosed information to providing emergency services in the event of a public safety emergency described above.
Vote: MAJORITY   Appropriation: NO   Fiscal Committee: YES   Local Program: NO  

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


SECTION 1.

 Section 10850.9 of the Welfare and Institutions Code is amended to read:

10850.9.
 (a) (1) Notwithstanding Section 10850, an authorized employee of a county social services department may disclose the name, residential address, telephone number, and email address of elderly or disabled individuals receiving services to police, fire, paramedical personnel, or other designated emergency services personnel, in the event of a public safety emergency that necessitates the possible evacuation of the area in which those elderly or disabled clients reside. Those public safety emergencies include, but are not limited to, fires, earthquakes, gas leaks, bomb scares, public safety power shut-offs, and other natural or human-made occurrences that jeopardize the immediate physical safety of county residents.
(2) If a county social services agency intends to disclose information pursuant to paragraph (1), it shall notify elderly or disabled individuals receiving services, at the time the individual is enrolled in services or at the time of the agency’s next contact with the individual, whichever comes first, of that fact. The individual shall have the option to opt out of having their name, residential address, telephone number, and email address disclosed as described in paragraph (1).
(3) Information disclosed pursuant to paragraph (1) shall be used only by the receiving entity to provide emergency services in the event of a public safety emergency that necessitates the possible evacuation of the area in which an elderly or disabled individual resides.
(b) The Director of Social Services shall seek any federal approval necessary to implement subdivision (a).
(c) Subdivision (a) shall be implemented only if the director executes a declaration, that shall be retained by the director, stating that any federal approval required for implementation of subdivision (a) has been obtained, and only for the duration of that approval.