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Welfare and Institutions Code - WIC


  ( Division 8.5 repealed and added by Stats. 1996, Ch. 1097, Sec. 13. )

CHAPTER 6.5. Senior Legal Services [9320- 9320.]
  ( Chapter 6.5 added by Stats. 2001, Ch. 682, Sec. 2. )


(a) The department shall establish a task force to study and make recommendations, including action steps and timelines, on the improvement of legal services delivery to senior citizens in California by exploring the following matters:

(1) Actions to ensure that all area agencies on aging allocate sufficient funding to local legal assistance providers. Actions may include, but not be limited to, the establishment of a minimum percentage of area agency on aging funding for legal assistance providers in California.

(2) Ways to ensure uniformity in the provision of legal services throughout the state, including, but not limited to, possible development of uniform statewide standards for the delivery of legal services in California.

(3) Measures to evaluate and monitor local legal assistance programs to ensure compliance with the federal Older Americans Act and its implementing regulations.

(4) Establishment of statewide reporting system to assess the effectiveness of a legal assistance program for seniors in the state.

(5) The possible establishment of a statewide legal hotline for seniors.

(6) Opportunities to enhance communications among the various service providers and to ensure efficient service delivery involving local programs and a statewide hotline, should it come into existence.

(7) Opportunities for joint training for senior legal services advocates around the state.

(8) Other states’ legal services delivery networks.

(b) The director shall serve on or appoint a representative to the task force, and shall appoint the following additional members:

(1) One member of the Legislature or his or her representative.

(2) Three legal service director representatives of existing legal service programs for seniors.

(3) The Legal Services Developer at the California Department of Aging.

(4) Two area agency on aging directors.

(5) Two representatives of senior advocacy organizations.

(6) A representative of the State Bar of California.

(c) The Member of the Legislature, or his or her representative, shall serve on the task force to the extent that the service is compatible with the duties of a Member of the Legislature.

(d) The task force shall report and make its recommendations to the Legislature on or before September 1, 2002.

(Amended by Stats. 2002, Ch. 664, Sec. 232. Effective January 1, 2003.)

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