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Education Code - EDC

TITLE 2. ELEMENTARY AND SECONDARY EDUCATION [33000 - 64100]

  ( Title 2 enacted by Stats. 1976, Ch. 1010. )

DIVISION 4. INSTRUCTION AND SERVICES [46000 - 64100]

  ( Division 4 enacted by Stats. 1976, Ch. 1010. )

PART 27. PUPILS [48000 - 49704]

  ( Part 27 enacted by Stats. 1976, Ch. 1010. )

CHAPTER 9. Pupil and Personnel Health [49400 - 49590]

  ( Chapter 9 enacted by Stats. 1976, Ch. 1010. )

ARTICLE 11. Meals for Needy Pupils in Kindergarten and Grades 1 to 12 [49550 - 49562]
  ( Article 11 enacted by Stats. 1976, Ch. 1010. )

49550.
  

(a) Notwithstanding any other provision of law, each school district or county superintendent of schools maintaining any kindergarten or any of grades 1 to 12, inclusive, shall provide for each needy pupil one nutritionally adequate free or reduced-price meal during each schoolday, except for family day care homes that shall be reimbursed for 75 percent of the meals served.

(b) In order to comply with subdivision (a), a school district or county office of education may use funds made available through any federal or state program the purpose of which includes the provision of meals to a pupil, including the federal School Breakfast Program, the federal National School Lunch Program, the federal Summer Food Service Program, the federal Seamless Summer Option, or the state meal program, or may do so at the expense of the school district or county office of education.

(Amended by Stats. 2005, Ch. 651, Sec. 2. Effective January 1, 2006.)

49550.3.
  

(a) Because a hungry child cannot learn, the Legislature intends, as a state nutrition and health policy, that the School Breakfast Program be made available in all schools where it is needed to provide adequate nutrition for children in attendance.

(b) The department, in cooperation with school districts and county superintendents of schools, shall provide information and limited financial assistance to encourage program startup and expansion into all qualified schools, as follows:

(1) Provide information to school districts and county superintendents of schools concerning the benefits and availability of the School Breakfast Program.

(2) Each year, provide additional information and financial assistance to schools in the state, in which 20 percent or more of the school enrollment consists of children who have applied and qualify for free and reduced-price meals.

(c) The department shall award grants of up to fifteen thousand dollars ($15,000) per schoolsite on a competitive basis to school districts, county superintendents of schools, or entities approved by the department, limited to an amount subject to budget appropriations each fiscal year, for nonrecurring expenses incurred in initiating or expanding a school breakfast program under this section or a summer food service program pursuant to Article 10.7 (commencing with Section 49547).

(d) Grants awarded under this section shall be used for nonrecurring costs of initiating or expanding a school breakfast program or a summer food service program, including the acquisition of equipment, training of staff in new capacities, outreach efforts to publicize new or expanded school breakfast programs or summer food service programs, minor alterations to accommodate new equipment, computer point-of-service systems for food service, and the purchase of vehicles for transporting food to schools. Funds may not be used for salaries and benefits of staff, food, computers, except computer point-of-service systems, or capital outlay.

(e) In making grant awards under this section in any fiscal year, the department shall give a preference to school districts and county superintendents of schools that do all of the following:

(1) Submit to the department a plan to start or expand school breakfast programs or summer food service programs in the school district or the county, including a description of the following:

(A) The manner in which the school district or county superintendent of schools will provide technical assistance and funding to schoolsites to expand those programs.

(B) Detailed information on the nonrecurring expenses needed to initiate a program.

(C) Public or private resources that have been assembled to carry out expansion of these programs during that year.

(2) Agree to operate the school breakfast program or the summer food service program for a period of not less than three years.

(3) Assure that the expenditure of funds from state and local resources for the maintenance of the school breakfast program or the summer food service program shall not be diminished as a result of grant awards received under this section.

(f) A grant awarded under this section may be used to implement a school breakfast program that serves breakfast after the start of the schoolday.

(Amended by Stats. 2016, Ch. 29, Sec. 20. Effective June 27, 2016.)

49551.
  

The State Board of Education shall adopt regulations prescribing standards and guidelines for carrying out the purposes of this article.

(Enacted by Stats. 1976, Ch. 1010.)

49552.
  

For the purposes of this article, needy children shall be defined as those children who meet federal eligibility criteria for free and reduced price meals as defined in Section 49531, except for family day care homes which shall be reimbursed for 75 percent of the meals.

The amendments to this section enacted by the Legislature in the 1982 portion of the 1981–82 Regular Session of the Legislature shall apply retroactively to July 1, 1981, to the extent that they may legally do so.

(Amended by Stats. 1982, Ch. 209, Sec. 14.6. Effective May 20, 1982.)

49553.
  

(a) A nutritionally adequate meal, for the purposes of this article, is a breakfast or lunch as defined in Section 49531 that qualifies for reimbursement under the federal child nutrition program regulations.

(b) (1) (A) For the purposes of special school nutrition supplements provided to pregnant or lactating pupils under Section 49559, protein and grain meal components for any given day shall, together, offer a total of five ounces of protein, one ounce of which shall be cheese or eight ounces of milk and three servings from the grain group, preferably whole and nutritious grains. This may be accomplished by adding one ounce of protein and one serving from the grain group at breakfast or serving these as a snack, and by adding one or two ounces of protein, one ounce of which shall be cheese or eight ounces of milk, to lunch, or by offering a morning supplement consisting of two or three ounces of protein, one ounce of which must be cheese, or eight ounces of milk, and one or two servings from the grain group.

(B) Meal components where only breakfast is served shall be increased to a total including one ounce of protein and two servings from the grain group, preferably whole and nutritious grains.

(C) Where both breakfast and lunch are provided, they shall, together, provide a total of five ounces of protein foods, one ounce of which shall be cheese, three servings from the grain group, preferably whole and nutritious grains, one and one-fourth cups from the fruit and vegetable group, and one pint from the milk group.

(2) The following options shall be allowed:

(A) One cup of fruit in place of one serving of the grain group, once a week.

(B) One cup of yogurt, made with pasteurized milk, in place of eight ounces of milk or one ounce of cheese, up to two times per week.

(Amended (as amended by Stats. 1998, Ch. 1078) by Stats. 2002, Ch. 1168, Sec. 34. Effective September 30, 2002.)

49554.
  

Any school district or county superintendent of schools which has had no food service employees since July 1, 1977, or has inadequate or no food preparation facilities as determined by the State Department of Education, and is, therefore, unable to provide a nutritionally adequate breakfast or lunch, or both, may contract for the preparation, delivery, and service of those meals. Any contract for the preparation, delivery, and service of meals shall not be deemed to establish food service positions for the purposes of Section 39902.

Prior to contracting for preparation, delivery, and service of such meals, a school district shall certify to the State Department of Education that no school district in the county nor the county superintendent of schools has the facilities and is willing to furnish those services.

(Amended by Stats. 1982, Ch. 613, Sec. 1.)

49556.
  

The Superintendent of Public Instruction shall supervise the implementation of this article and shall investigate acts of alleged noncompliance. In the event the Superintendent of Public Instruction finds that a school district or county superintendent of schools has failed to comply with the provisions of this article, the Superintendent of Public Instruction shall certify such noncompliance to the Attorney General. The Attorney General shall conduct such investigations as may be necessary to document the noncompliance. The Attorney General shall seek injunctive relief to secure compliance with this article, when such action is requested by the Superintendent of Public Instruction.

(Enacted by Stats. 1976, Ch. 1010.)

49557.
  

(a) (1) The governing board of a school district and the county superintendent of schools shall make paper applications for free or reduced-price meals available to pupils at all times during each regular schoolday, and may also make an application electronically available online, provided that the online application complies with paragraph (3). Pursuant to federal and state guidelines, the application shall contain clear instructions for families that are homeless or are migrants, and shall also contain, in at least 8-point boldface type, each of the following statements:

(A) Applications for free and reduced-price meals may be submitted at any time during a schoolday.

(B) Children participating in the federal National School Lunch Program will not be overtly identified by the use of special tokens, special tickets, special serving lines, separate entrances, separate dining areas, or by any other means.

(2) A school district and the county superintendent of schools shall use all other paper applications it has for free or reduced-price meals before utilizing the applications pursuant to this subdivision.

(3) If a governing board of a school district, a county office of education, or a school food authority chooses to provide access to an online application for free or reduced-price meals pursuant to paragraph (1), the online application shall comply with all of the following requirements:

(A) Include a link to the Internet Web site on which translated applications are posted by the United States Department of Agriculture, with instructions in that language that inform the applicant how to submit the application. The Legislature finds and declares that federal guidelines require school food authorities to accept and process these applications if they are submitted to the school food authority.

(B) Require completion of only those questions that are necessary for determining eligibility.

(C) Include clear instructions for families that are homeless or are migrants.

(D) Comply with the privacy rights and disclosure protections established by the federal Richard B. Russell National School Lunch Act (Public Law 113-79) and the federal Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act of 1998 (Public Law 105-277).

(E) Include links to all of the following:

(i) The online application to CalFresh.

(ii) The online single state application for health care.

(iii) The Internet Web page maintained by the State Department of Public Health entitled “About WIC and How to Apply,” or another Internet Web page identified by the State Department of Public Health that connects families to the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children.

(iv) The Internet Web site of a summer lunch program authorized to participate within the city or school district.

(F) No online application for free or reduced-price meals shall be made available online or made accessible online by a school district, a county office of education, or a school food authority if the online application allows for the information provided by an applicant to be used by a private entity for any purpose not related to the administration of a school food program, or if the online application requires an applicant to waive any right or to create a user account in order to submit the application.

(b) The governing board of each school district and each county superintendent of schools shall formulate a plan, which shall be mailed to the State Department of Education for its approval, that will ensure that children eligible to receive free or reduced-price meals and milk shall not be treated differently from other children. These plans shall ensure each of the following:

(1) Unless otherwise specified, the names of the children shall not be published, posted, or announced in any manner, or used for any purpose other than the federal National School Lunch Program.

(2) There shall be no overt identification of any of the children by the use of special tokens or tickets or by any other means.

(3) The children shall not be required to work for their meals or milk.

(4) The children shall not be required to use a separate dining area, go through a separate serving line, enter the dining area through a separate entrance, or consume their meals or milk at a different time.

(c) When more than one lunch or breakfast or type of milk is offered pursuant to this article, the children shall have the same choice of meals or milk that is available to those children who pay the full price for their meal or milk.

(Amended by Stats. 2015, Ch. 390, Sec. 2. Effective January 1, 2016.)

49557.1.
  

In making available to pupils the application for participation in the free or reduced-price meal program provided for under subdivision (a) of Section 49557, each school district and county superintendent of schools is encouraged to include information that parents may use to request information concerning the Medi-Cal program administered pursuant to Chapter 7 (commencing with Section 14000) of Part 3 of Division 9 of the Welfare and Institutions Code, and the Healthy Families Program, administered pursuant to Part 6.2 (commencing with Section 12693) of Division 2 of the Insurance Code. School districts and county superintendents of schools are encouraged to perform this task in the most cost-beneficial manner.

(Added by Stats. 2000, Ch. 93, Sec. 1. Effective July 7, 2000.)

49557.2.
  

(a) (1) At the option of the school district or county superintendent, and to the extent necessary to implement Section 14005.41 of the Welfare and Institutions Code, the following information may be incorporated into the School Lunch Program application packet or notification of eligibility for the School Lunch Program using simple and culturally appropriate language:

(A) A notification that if a child qualifies for free school lunches, then the child may qualify for free or reduced-cost health coverage.

(B) A request for the applicant’s consent for the child to participate in the Medi-Cal program, if eligible for free school lunches, and to have the information on the school lunch application shared with the entity designated by the State Department of Health Care Services to make an accelerated determination and the local agency that determines eligibility under the Medi-Cal program.

(C) A notification that the school district will not forward the school lunch application to the entity designated by the State Department of Health Care Services to make an accelerated determination and the local agency that determines eligibility under the Medi-Cal program, without the consent of the child’s parent or guardian.

(D) A notification that the school lunch application is confidential and, with the exception of forwarding the information for use in health program enrollment upon the consent of the child’s parent or guardian, the school district will not share the information with any other governmental agency, including the federal Department of Homeland Security and the Social Security Administration.

(E) A notification that the school lunch application information will only be used by the entity designated by the State Department of Health Care Services to make an accelerated determination and the state and local agencies that administer the Medi-Cal program for purposes directly related to the administration of the Medi-Cal program and will not be shared with other governmental agencies, including the federal Department of Homeland Security and the Social Security Administration for any purpose other than the administration of the Medi-Cal program.

(F) Information regarding the Medi-Cal program, including available services, program requirements, rights and responsibilities, and privacy and confidentiality requirements.

(2) The department, in consultation with school districts, county superintendents of schools, consumer advocates, counties, the State Department of Health Care Services, and other stakeholders, shall make recommendations regarding the School Lunch Program application, on or before February 1, 2003. The recommendations shall include specific changes to the School Lunch Program application materials as necessary to implement Section 14005.41 of the Welfare and Institutions Code, information for staff as to how to implement the changes, and a description of the process by which information on the School Lunch Program application will be shared with the county, as the local agency that determines eligibility under the Medi-Cal program.

(3) At the option of the school, the request for consent in subparagraph (B) of paragraph (1) may be modified so that the parent or guardian can also consent to allowing Medi-Cal to inform the school as provided in subdivision (n) of Section 14005.41 of the Welfare and Institutions Code when followup is needed in order to complete the Medi-Cal application process.

(b) (1) School districts and county superintendents of schools may implement a process to share information provided on the School Lunch Program application with the entity designated by the State Department of Health Care Services to make an accelerated determination and with the local agency that determines eligibility under the Medi-Cal program, and shall share this information with those entities, if the applicant consents to that sharing of information. Schools may designate, only as necessary to implement this section, nonfood service staff to assist in the administration of free, reduced price, or paid school lunch applications that have applicant consent, but only if that designation does not displace or have an adverse effect on food service staff. This information may be shared electronically, physically, or through whatever method is determined appropriate.

(2) If a school is aware that a child, who has been found eligible for free school lunches under the National School Lunch Program, and for whom the parent or guardian has consented to share the information provided on the application, already has an active Medi-Cal or Healthy Families case, the application shall not be processed for an accelerated determination but shall be forwarded to the local agency that determines eligibility under the Medi-Cal program pursuant to Section 14005.41 of the Welfare and Institutions Code. The school shall notify the parent or guardian of the child’s ineligibility for an accelerated Medi-Cal determination due to the current eligibility status and that the child’s application will be forwarded to the county pursuant to this section. The notice shall include a statement, with contact information, advising the parent or guardian to contact the Medi-Cal or Healthy Families programs regarding the child’s eligibility status.

(3) Each school district or county superintendent that chooses to share information pursuant to this subdivision shall enter into a memorandum of understanding with the local agency that determines eligibility under the Medi-Cal program, that sets forth the roles and responsibilities of each agency and the process to be used in sharing the information.

(4) The local agency that determines eligibility under the Medi-Cal program shall only use information provided by applicants on the school lunch application for purposes directly related to the administration of the Medi-Cal program.

(5) After school districts share information regarding the school lunch application with the entity designated by the State Department of Health Care Services to make an accelerated determination and the local agency that determines eligibility under the Medi-Cal program, for the purpose of determining Medi-Cal program eligibility, the local agency and the school district shall not share information about school lunch participation or the Medi-Cal program eligibility information with each other except as specifically authorized under subdivision (n) of Section 14005.41 of the Welfare and Institutions Code and other provisions of law.

(c) Effective July 1, 2005, the notifications and consent referenced in subdivision (a) and the procedures set out in subdivision (b) shall include the Healthy Families Program and any relevant county- and local-sponsored health insurance programs as necessary to implement Section 14005.41 of the Welfare and Institutions Code.

(d) Effective January 1, 2014, the notifications referenced in subdivision (a) shall do all of the following:

(1) Advise the applicant that the applicant may be eligible for reduced-cost comprehensive health care coverage through the California Health Benefit Exchange.

(2) Advise that, if the applicant’s family income is low, the applicant may be eligible for no-cost coverage through Medi-Cal.

(3) Provide the applicant with the contact information for the California Health Benefit Exchange, including its Internet Web site and telephone number.

(4) Comply with the federal Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (42 U.S.C. Sec. 12101 et seq.) and any other applicable federal or state disabled access law.

(e) If a school district finds that the child is eligible for reduced price or paid meals under the National School Lunch Program and consent was provided as described in subdivision (b), the entity designated by the State Department of Health Care Services to make an accelerated determination shall notify the parent or guardian of the child’s ineligibility for an accelerated Medi-Cal determination pursuant to Section 14005.41 of the Welfare and Institutions Code. The notification shall include information on other available health programs for which the child may be eligible.

(f) A school district may also include the notifications in the notifications at the beginning of the first semester or quarter of the regular school term required pursuant to Section 48980.

(g) Upon receipt of information provided on the School Lunch Program application pursuant to this section, for a pupil who is not already enrolled in a health insurance affordability program, the county shall treat the School Lunch Program application as an application for a health insurance affordability program. For purposes of administration of the Medi-Cal program, the application date shall be the date that the School Lunch Program application is received by the county human services department. The county shall take no further action if it determines that the pupil is already enrolled in a health insurance affordability program.

(Amended by Stats. 2014, Ch. 71, Sec. 40. Effective January 1, 2015.)

49557.3.
  

(a) Each school district or county office of education, at its option, may enter into a memorandum of understanding with the local agency that determines CalFresh program eligibility, or its designee, to share information provided on the School Lunch Program application with that agency, if the child is approved for free meals or, if included in the memorandum of understanding, reduced-price meals, and if the applicant consents to the sharing of that information. The information may be shared electronically, physically, or through whatever method is determined appropriate. Any memorandum of understanding entered into pursuant to this section shall set forth the roles and responsibilities of the school district or county office of education and the local agency, and the process to be used in sharing the information.

(b) The local agency that determines CalFresh program eligibility shall use information provided on a School Lunch Program application only for purposes directly related to the enrollment of families in the CalFresh program.

(c) The School Lunch Program application is confidential, and, with the exception of forwarding the information on the application for use in CalFresh program enrollment consistent with Chapter 10 (commencing with Section 18900) of Part 6 of Division 9 of the Welfare and Institutions Code upon the consent of the pupil’s parent or guardian, the school district, county superintendent of schools, or CalFresh program administrators shall not share the information with any other governmental agency, including the federal Immigration and Naturalization Service and the Social Security Administration, or use the information for any purpose other than enrollment in the CalFresh program.

(d) After a school district or county office of education shares information provided on a School Lunch Program application with the local agency that determines CalFresh program eligibility, or its designee, for the purpose of determining the applicant’s eligibility for the CalFresh program, the school district or county office of education and the local agency, or its designee, shall not share information about the applicant or his or her household with each other, or any other entity, unless specifically authorized to do so pursuant to other provisions of law.

(Added by Stats. 2011, Ch. 504, Sec. 1. Effective January 1, 2012.)

49558.
  

(a) All applications and records concerning any individual made or kept by any public officer or agency in connection with the administration of any provision of this code relating to free or reduced-price meal eligibility shall be confidential, and may not be open to examination for any purpose not directly connected with the administration of any free or reduced-price meal program, or any investigation, prosecution, or criminal or civil proceeding conducted in connection with the administration of any free or reduced-price meal program.

(b) Notwithstanding subdivision (a), a public officer or agency may allow school district employees, who are authorized by the governing board of the school district, to disclose from the individual meal records only the pupil’s name and school meal eligibility status, solely for purposes of disaggregation of academic achievement data or to identify pupils eligible for public school choice and supplemental educational services pursuant to the federal No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 (Public Law 107-110), if the public agency ensures the following:

(1) The public agency has adopted a policy that allows for the use of individual records for these purposes.

(2) No individual indicators of participation in any free or reduced-price meal program are maintained in the permanent record of any pupil, unless otherwise allowed by law.

(3) No public release of information regarding individual pupil participation in any free or reduced-price meal program is permitted.

(4) All other confidentiality provisions required by law are met.

(5) The information collected regarding individual pupils certified to participate in the free or reduced-price meal program is destroyed when it is no longer needed for its intended purpose.

(c) Notwithstanding subdivision (a), the school districts and county superintendents of schools may release information on the School Lunch Program application to the local agency that determines eligibility under the Medi-Cal program if the child is approved for free meals and if the applicant consents to the sharing of information pursuant to Section 49557.2.

(d) Notwithstanding subdivision (a), the school districts and county superintendents of schools may release information on the School Lunch Program application to the local agency that determines eligibility under the CalFresh program or to an agency that determines eligibility for nutrition assistance programs authorized by Chapter 2 (commencing with Section 210.1) of Subtitle B of Title 7 of the Code of Federal Regulations, if the child is approved for free or reduced-price meals and if the applicant consents to the sharing of information pursuant to Section 49557.3.

(e) Notwithstanding subdivision (a), a school district, charter school, or county office of education may release the name and eligibility status of a pupil participating in the free or reduced-price meal program as follows:

(1) To the Superintendent for purposes of determining funding allocations under the local control funding formula and for assessing the accountability of that funding.

(2) Upon request, to another school district, charter school, or county office of education that is serving a pupil living in the same household as an enrolled pupil for purposes related to free or reduced-price meal program eligibility and for data used in local control funding formula calculations.

(f) Information released pursuant to subdivision (c), (d), or (e) shall adhere to all of the following requirements:

(1) Individual indicators of participation in a free or reduced-price meal program shall not be maintained in the permanent record of any pupil, unless otherwise authorized by law.

(2) The public release of information regarding individual pupil participation in a free or reduced-price meal program is not permitted.

(3) All other confidentiality requirements imposed by law or regulation are met.

(Amended by Stats. 2014, Ch. 327, Sec. 10. Effective January 1, 2015.)

49559.
  

(a) Any school food authority that participates in a federal child nutrition program and is reimbursed pursuant to subdivision (b) of Section 41350 for meals served pursuant to this article may be reimbursed at the current rate as determined by the State Department of Education, pursuant to subdivision (d). If the sum appropriated for purposes of this section is not sufficient to make the allowances specified by this section, the allowances shall be reduced proportionately. This rate shall be in addition to the reimbursement currently provided under Section 49536. The additional funds shall be used exclusively to supplement the meals served pursuant to Section 49550.

(b) The State Department of Education shall make allowances to school food authorities from the General Fund on at least a quarterly basis. Program providers shall submit claims to the department within 10 calendar days of the end of each quarter. Within 45 calendar days of submission of a valid claim, the State Department of Education shall tender reimbursement.

(c) (1) The State Department of Education shall, upon enactment of the annual Budget Act, prescribe an adjustment in the state meal contribution rates for the next fiscal year. The adjustments shall reflect the changes in the cost of operating a school breakfast, snack, morning supplement, and lunch program and shall be effective July 1 of each year. The adjustment shall be based on the average of the separate indices of the “Food Away From Home Index” for Los Angeles and San Francisco, as prepared by the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics.

(2) In giving effect to the cost-of-living provisions of this subdivision, the State Department of Education shall prescribe a calendar month for the computation of the percentage change in the cost of living after July 1, 1985. The same month shall be used annually thereafter. The product of any percentage increase or decrease in the average index and the per meal reimbursement disbursement rate shall be adjusted by the amount of any cost-of-living change currently in effect pursuant to this subdivision. For the purposes of this subdivision, state reimbursement shall be made for the breakfast or lunch which qualifies for reimbursement pursuant to the nutritional requirements of Section 49553.

(Amended by Stats. 1998, Ch. 1078, Sec. 10. Effective January 1, 1999. Became operative on July 1, 2000, pursuant to Sec. 13 of Ch. 1078.)

49560.
  

The child nutrition programs operated pursuant to Section 49559 shall maintain a data base as specified by the Superintendent of Public Instruction for purposes of program evaluation. From the funds appropriated in Section 4 of this act, an amount not to exceed 5 percent may be used for administrative expenses incurred by the State Department of Education, including administrative costs incurred in the collection of the data.

(Added by Stats. 1985, Ch. 1482, Sec. 4.)

49561.
  

(a) The department shall create a computerized data-matching system using existing databases from the department and the State Department of Health Care Services to directly certify recipients of CalFresh, the California Work Opportunity and Responsibility to Kids program (the CalWORKs program) (Chapter 2 (commencing with Section 11200) of Part 3 of Division 9 of the Welfare and Institutions Code), and other programs authorized for direct certification under federal law, for enrollment in the National School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs.

(b) The department shall design a process using an existing agency database that will conform with data from the State Department of Health Care Services to meet the direct certification requirements of the National School Lunch Act, as amended, pursuant to Chapter 13 (commencing with Section 1751) of Title 42 of the United States Code, and the federal Child Nutrition Act of 1966, as amended, pursuant to Chapter 13A (commencing with Section 1771) of Title 42 of the United States Code.

(c) The department shall design a process using computerized data pursuant to subdivision (a) that will maximize enrollment in school meal programs and improve program integrity while ensuring that pupil privacy safeguards remain in place. The State Department of Health Care Services shall conduct the data match of local school records and return a list to the department, including only the data fields submitted by the department and an indicator of program eligibility, as required by federal law.

(d) (1) Each state agency identified in subdivision (a) is responsible for the maintenance and protection of data received by their respective agency. The state agency that possesses the data shall follow privacy and confidentiality procedures consistent with all applicable state and federal law. To the extent permitted by state and federal law, the department and the State Department of Health Care Services may review the data only for the purposes of improving the effectiveness of the data matches made pursuant to this section and Section 49562.

(2) Notwithstanding Section 10850 of the Welfare and Institutions Code, data that identify applicants for, or recipients of, public social services, may be transferred from existing databases maintained by the State Department of Health Care Services, in order to directly certify recipients of CalFresh, the CalWORKs program, and other programs authorized for direct certification under federal law, in compliance with subdivision (a). The Legislature hereby finds and declares that this paragraph is declaratory of existing law.

(e) The department shall determine the availability of and request or apply for, as appropriate, federal funds to assist the state in implementing new direct certification requirements mandated by federal law.

(f) This section shall become operative upon receipt of federal funds to assist the state in implementing new direct certification requirements mandated by federal law.

(Amended by Stats. 2011, Ch. 227, Sec. 3. Effective January 1, 2012. Section conditionally operative as provided in subd. (f).)

49562.
  

(a) The department, in consultation with the State Department of Health Care Services, shall develop and implement a process to use participation data from the Medi-Cal program administered pursuant to Chapter 7 (commencing with Section 14000) of Part 3 of Division 9 of the Welfare and Institutions Code, to verify income as established in the federal Child Nutrition and WIC Reauthorization Act of 2004 (P.L. 108-265) and, to the extent permitted under federal law, directly certify children whose families meet the applicable income criteria into the school meal program.

(b) In the operation of this process, the department shall limit the information needed from the State Department of Health Care Services to identify families whose income falls below the eligibility cutoff for free or reduced price meals, and the least amount of information needed to facilitate a match of local school records. The State Department of Health Care Services shall conduct the data match of local school records and return a list to the department, including only the data fields submitted by the department and an indicator of program eligibility, as required by federal law.

(c) The department and the State Department of Health Care Services shall design this process to maintain pupil privacy and the privacy of Medi-Cal recipients by establishing privacy and confidentiality procedures consistent with all applicable state and federal laws. To the extent permitted by state and federal law, the department and the State Department of Health Care Services may review the data only for the purposes of improving the effectiveness of the data matches made pursuant to this section and Section 49561.

(d) The department specifically shall ensure that the process conforms to the federal Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (P.L. 104-191) by using strategies employed by other states in Medicaid verification projects or by developing a new strategy that ensures conformity.

(e) The department shall seek all necessary approvals to establish this process and shall apply for available federal funds to support the work of this process.

(f) This section shall become operative upon the receipt of federal funds to assist the state in implementing the provisions of this section.

(Added by Stats. 2008, Ch. 673, Sec. 3. Effective January 1, 2009. Section conditionally operative as provided in subd. (f).)

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