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AB-1202 Emergency services: local government: local assistance centers: access and functional needs.(2021-2022)

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Date Published: 04/15/2021 09:00 PM
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Amended  IN  Assembly  April 15, 2021
Amended  IN  Assembly  March 22, 2021

CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2021–2022 REGULAR SESSION

Assembly Bill
No. 1202


Introduced by Assembly Member Cervantes

February 18, 2021


An act to add Sections 8593.3.1 and 8593.3.4 to the Government Code, relating to emergency services.


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


AB 1202, as amended, Cervantes. Emergency services: local government: local assistance centers: access and functional needs.
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, the California Disaster Assistance Act, authorizes the office to establish a model process to assist a community in recovering from an emergency proclaimed by the Governor which may include, among other things, the role of the office to facilitate the establishment of temporary structures, including local assistance centers, showers and bathroom facilities, and temporary administrative offices. Existing law defines the term “emergency plan” for purposes of emergency services provided by local governments. Existing law requires a county, upon the next update to its emergency plan, to integrate access and functional needs into its emergency plan by addressing, at a minimum, how the access and functional needs population is served by, among other things, emergency sheltering, including ensuring that designated shelters are compliant with the federal Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 or can be made compliant through modification and that showers and bathrooms are fully accessible to all occupants.
This bill would require a county, including a city and county, to ensure that local assistance centers are accessible to people with access and functional needs, provide accessible notifications about local assistance centers, and provide diverse communication services through partnerships with the county homeless and housing services. The bill would require a county, including a city and county, to designate, prearrange, and procure space space, as necessary, to aid in sheltering and transporting its homeless population during local and state emergencies and emergency evacuations. Because the bill would require local governments to provide additional services, the bill would impose a state-mandated local program.
This bill would require a county, including a city and county, to, upon the next update to its emergency plan, integrate transportation and sheltering plans that include strategies for ensuring that shelters and local assistance centers are accessible to its homeless population and that service providers trained in outreach and engagement strategies for homeless individuals are available at those locations to ensure that proper measures are employed for the safety of homeless individuals in those settings. The bill would also require counties, including cities and counties, a county, including a city and county, to enter into agreements with transportation agencies agencies, as necessary, to transport its homeless population to shelters and local assistance centers in the event of a local or state emergency. Because the bill would require local governments to provide additional services, the 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 8593.3.1 is added to the Government Code, to read:

8593.3.1.
 (a) A county, including a city and county, shall ensure that local assistance centers are accessible to people with access and functional needs, including, but not limited to, homeless individuals, provide accessible notifications about local assistance centers, and provide diverse communication services through partnerships with the county homeless and housing services.
(b) A county, including a city and county, shall designate, prearrange, and procure space space, as necessary, to aid in sheltering and transporting its homeless population during local and state emergencies and emergency evacuations, including, but not limited to, seasonal responsive interagency emergencies. emergencies, such as extreme weather incidents.

SEC. 2.

 Section 8593.3.4 is added to the Government Code, to read:

8593.3.4.
 (a) A county, including a city and county, shall, upon the next update to its emergency plan, integrate transportation and sheltering plans that include strategies for ensuring that shelters and local assistance centers are accessible to its homeless population and that service providers trained in outreach and engagement strategies for homeless individuals are available at those locations to ensure that proper measures are employed for the safety of homeless individuals in those settings.
(b) Counties, including cities and counties, A county, including a city and county, shall enter into agreements with transportation agencies agencies, as necessary, to transport its homeless population to shelters and local assistance centers in the event of a local or state emergency.

SEC. 3.

 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.