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SB-426 California Families and Children Home Visit Program: implementation plans.(2017-2018)

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Date Published: 02/15/2017 09:00 PM
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CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2017–2018 REGULAR SESSION

Senate Bill No. 426


Introduced by Senator Pan

February 15, 2017


An act to amend Section 18994.4 of the Welfare and Institutions Code, relating to child abuse prevention.


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


SB 426, as introduced, Pan. California Families and Children Home Visit Program: implementation plans.
Existing law establishes the California Families and Children Home Visit Program for the purpose of providing family support services to at-risk families, as defined. Existing law requires the State Department of Social Services to implement the program only to the extent that funds are appropriated for that purpose in the annual Budget Act. Under existing law, the Office of Child Abuse Prevention in the department is responsible for award of implementation grants and continued operation of the program, as specified.
Existing law requires each county that chooses to participate in the program to develop and submit to the office a 3-year plan for phasing in a home visit program for eligible families. Existing law requires each implementation plan to include, among other elements, a description of how home visit “best practices” are incorporated into a proposed model. Existing law requires the office to evaluate implementation plans and award implementation grants to selected voluntary home visit programs. In order to ensure that implementation proposals reflect the prevention and early intervention focus of home visits, existing law requires the office to develop proposed criteria for awarding implementation grants in accordance with each plan’s addressing of those elements.
This bill would require particular focus on independently evaluated program models with regard to the office’s development of the proposed criteria for awarding the implementation grants in accordance with each plan’s addressing of those elements.
Vote: MAJORITY   Appropriation: NO   Fiscal Committee: YES   Local Program: NO  

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


SECTION 1.

 Section 18994.4 of the Welfare and Institutions Code is amended to read:

18994.4.
 (a) Each county that chooses to participate in the California Families and Children Home Visit Program shall develop and submit to the Office of Child Abuse Prevention a three-year plan for phasing in a home visit program for eligible families.
(b) Each implementation plan shall include:
(1) The method of determining, and a description of the at-risk population served. Counties shall assess local community needs, and make modifications that are consistent with the California Safe and Healthy Families Model Program, or its successor.
(2) A clearly defined mission statement, and specific goals and objectives that are consistent with the mission statement.
(3) A proposed voluntary home visit service delivery model, incorporating the key components and standards of the California Safe and Healthy Families Model Program, or its successor. The essential components and standards of the California Safe and Healthy Families Program Model include:
(A) A comprehensive service array that includes, but is not limited to, systematic assessment, individualized family service planning, intensive home visiting, child health and development monitoring and intervention, center-based activities that serve parents, infants, and older siblings, linkage to health care and other community resources, and an on-going problem solving case coordination.
(B) Services provided by a multidisciplinary team, that includes appropriate supervision to home visitors and other team members, management of the caseload, and ensuring that service quality is maintained.
(C) Caseloads that are balanced in size, not to exceed 25 cases per home visitor, and intensity (service intensity varies with client need).
(D) On-going training and skill development.
(E) An approach to implementation that addresses relationships with existing service systems.
(4) A description of how home visit “best practices” are incorporated into a proposed model.
(5) A description of how the applicant proposes to coordinate and collaborate with other community service providers including community-based organizations, schools, religious organizations, community police, health care districts, and welfare and social service agencies.
(6) Provisions for families participating in the voluntary home visit program, to provide informed consent and to ensure the confidentiality of the records pertaining to the program.
(7) Specified quality assurance and improvement processes.
(8) Projected results by which positive outcomes and the success of the home visit program is to be measured.
(c) The Office of Child Abuse Prevention shall evaluate implementation plans and award implementation grants to selected voluntary home visit programs. In order to ensure that implementation proposals reflect the prevention and early intervention focus of home visits, the Office of Child Abuse Prevention shall develop proposed criteria for awarding implementation grants in accordance with each plan’s addressing of those elements set forth in subdivision (b). (b), with particular focus on independently evaluated program models.