AB-1984: Foster youth: enrichment activities. Linder

Session Year: 2015-2016

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An act to add and repeal Section 16007 of the Welfare and Institutions Code, relating to foster youth.

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AB 1984, Assembly Member Linder. Foster youth: enrichment activities.

Existing law provides that it is the policy of the state that all minors and nonminors in foster care have specified rights, including, among others, the right to attend school and participate in extracurricular, cultural, and personal enrichment activities, consistent with the child’s age and developmental level, with minimal disruptions to school attendance and educational stability.

This bill would require the State Department of Social Services, on or before March 1, 2017, to convene a workgroup and would require the workgroup to develop an implementation plan for the California Foster Youth Enrichment Grant Program. The bill would require the department, on or before January 1, 2018, upon appropriation by the Legislature and in consideration of the implementation plan, to establish that program in order to provide grants of $500 or less to qualified foster youth to enable the foster youth to participate in activities that enhance the foster youth’s skills, abilities, self-esteem, or overall well-being. The bill would specify eligibility criteria for receipt of a grant and the authorized uses of a grant. The bill would require a recipient, within 6 months after receipt of a grant, to submit documentation that describes how the grant was used and the actual cost, supported by copies of receipts, of the program, product, or service, and directly related costs, purchased with the grant. The bill would require the department, on or before January 1, 2021, to submit a report to the Legislature containing the addresses, among other things, data on the number of applications received and the number of grants awarded. The bill would repeal these provisions on January 1, 2022.

Vote Required: majority Appropriation: no Fiscal Committee: yes Local Program: no

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

SECTION 1.

The Legislature finds and declares all of the following:

(a)California foster youth face many challenges. Approximately three-fourths of youth in foster care have spent two or more years in the system between birth and 12th grade. While in foster care, about 70 percent of youth had three or more placements. Less than half of all foster youth complete high school.

(b)Although the state has seen a reduction in the number of children in foster care and a decreased reliance on group homes, it continues to struggle to find stable, fulfilling families for children.

(c)Participating in enrichment activities, including, but not limited to, sports leagues, camps, college preparation courses, arts, music, and formative social experiences, can greatly contribute to a foster youth’s sense of normalcy and increase the likelihood of a successful transition to adulthood.

SEC. 2. Section 16007 is added to the Welfare and Institutions Code, to read:
16007.

(a)The purpose of this section is to establish the California Foster Youth Enrichment Grant Program, which will provide grants to foster youth to participate in activities that enhance their skills, abilities, self-esteem, or overall well-being.

(b)On or before March 1, 2017, the State Department of Social Services shall convene a workgroup composed of individuals and groups that represent the interests of foster youth. The workgroup shall develop an implementation plan to maximize the California Foster Youth Enrichment Grant Program’s impact.

(c)On or before January 1, 2018, upon appropriation by the Legislature and in consideration of the plan developed pursuant to subdivision (b), the State Department of Social Services shall establish the California Foster Youth Enrichment Grant Program to provide grants to qualified foster youth to enable the foster youth to participate in activities that enhance the foster youth’s skills, abilities, self-esteem, or overall well-being.

(d)A grant shall be awarded to a foster youth who meets all of the following eligibility criteria:

(1)Is in foster care under the placement and care responsibility of a county welfare department, county probation department, Indian tribe, consortium of tribes, or tribal organization that has entered into an agreement pursuant to Section 10553.1.

(2)Is 6 years of age to 21 years of age, inclusive.

(3)Is enrolled in an elementary, middle, or high school, or an equivalent educational program, or in a postsecondary educational institution in California.

(e)Grants awarded under this section for activities that contribute to the enhancement of an individual foster youth’s skills, abilities, self-esteem, or overall well-being shall be five hundred dollars ($500) or less. Grants shall be used to fund a program, service, or product, and any directly related costs, that provide any of the following to a foster youth:

(1)Skill development, including, but not limited to, lessons in music, dance, or drama, and the rental or purchase of equipment needed to further skill development.

(2)Academic or school-related assistance, including, but not limited to, school trips, college campus visits, Advanced Placement or International Baccalaureate exam fees, test preparation courses or materials, and books.

(3)Recreational or social participation, including, but not limited to, summer camp attendance, sports league participation, school-sponsored formal dance attendance, and participation in school graduation activities.

(f)Applications for grants under this section shall be on forms developed by the department, and shall include, at a minimum, all of the following:

(1)Evidence that the applicant meets the eligibility criteria specified in subdivision (d).

(2)A description of the need for and proposed use of the grant, the anticipated cost of the program, product, or service, and directly related costs, and the projected benefit to the foster youth.

(3)Any other information that the department determines is necessary to further the intent of this section.

(g)Within six months after a grant is awarded, the recipient shall submit documentation, on forms developed by the department, that describes how the grant was used and the actual cost, supported by copies of receipts, of the program, product, or service, and directly related costs, purchased with the grant. A foster youth shall not be eligible for a subsequent grant until this documentation is received.

(h)(1)On or before January 1, 2021, the department shall submit a report to the Legislature that addresses, at a minimum, all of the following:

(A)Data on the number of applications received, aggregated by year.

(B)Data on the number of grants awarded, aggregated by year.

(C)Data on the programs, products, or services, and directly related costs, the grants were used to fund, aggregated by year.

(D)A description of the documentation a recipient is required to submit pursuant to subdivision (g).

(E)Data on the number of recipients who provided the documentation required pursuant to subdivision (g) and who did not provide the documentation required by subdivision (g), aggregated by year.

(2)The report required pursuant to paragraph (1) shall be submitted in compliance with Section 9795 of the Government Code.

(i)It is the intent of the Legislature that the department explore the feasibility of transitioning the program to private funding and control.

(j)This section shall remain in effect only until January 1, 2022, and as of that date is repealed, unless a later enacted statute, that is enacted before January 1, 2022, deletes or extends that date.

Bill Version

April 20, 2016 - Amended in Assembly

Bill Activity

Introduced by

Assembly Member Linder
February 16, 2016

Amended in Assembly

March 31, 2016
April 20, 2016

Votes

Date Result Location Ayes Noes NVR Motion
04/12/16 (PASS) Asm Human Services 7 0 0 Do pass as amended and be re-referred to the Committee on [Appropriations]
  Ayes: Bonilla, Grove, Calderon, Lopez, Maienschein, Mark Stone, Thurmond

History

Date Action
05/27/16 In committee: Held under submission.
05/11/16 In committee: Set, first hearing. Referred to APPR. suspense file.
04/21/16 Re-referred to Com. on APPR.
04/20/16 Read second time and amended.
04/19/16 From committee: Amend, and do pass as amended and re-refer to Com. on APPR. (Ayes 7. Noes 0.) (April 12).
04/04/16 Re-referred to Com. on HUM. S.
03/31/16 From committee chair, with author's amendments: Amend, and re-refer to Com. on HUM. S. Read second time and amended.
03/29/16 In committee: Hearing postponed by committee.
02/25/16 Referred to Com. on HUM. S.
02/17/16 From printer. May be heard in committee March 18.
02/16/16 Read first time. To print.
05/11/16 In committee: Set, first hearing. Referred to APPR. suspense file.
04/21/16 Re-referred to Com. on APPR.
04/20/16 Read second time and amended.
04/19/16 From committee: Amend, and do pass as amended and re-refer to Com. on APPR. (Ayes 7. Noes 0.) (April 12).
04/04/16 Re-referred to Com. on HUM. S.
03/31/16 From committee chair, with author's amendments: Amend, and re-refer to Com. on HUM. S. Read second time and amended.
03/29/16 In committee: Hearing postponed by committee.
02/25/16 Referred to Com. on HUM. S.
02/17/16 From printer. May be heard in committee March 18.
02/16/16 Read first time. To print.
04/21/16 Re-referred to Com. on APPR.
04/20/16 Read second time and amended.
04/19/16 From committee: Amend, and do pass as amended and re-refer to Com. on APPR. (Ayes 7. Noes 0.) (April 12).
04/04/16 Re-referred to Com. on HUM. S.
03/31/16 From committee chair, with author's amendments: Amend, and re-refer to Com. on HUM. S. Read second time and amended.
03/29/16 In committee: Hearing postponed by committee.
02/25/16 Referred to Com. on HUM. S.
02/17/16 From printer. May be heard in committee March 18.
02/16/16 Read first time. To print.
04/20/16 Read second time and amended.
04/19/16 From committee: Amend, and do pass as amended and re-refer to Com. on APPR. (Ayes 7. Noes 0.) (April 12).
04/04/16 Re-referred to Com. on HUM. S.
03/31/16 From committee chair, with author's amendments: Amend, and re-refer to Com. on HUM. S. Read second time and amended.
03/29/16 In committee: Hearing postponed by committee.
02/25/16 Referred to Com. on HUM. S.
02/17/16 From printer. May be heard in committee March 18.
02/16/16 Read first time. To print.
04/19/16 From committee: Amend, and do pass as amended and re-refer to Com. on APPR. (Ayes 7. Noes 0.) (April 12).
04/04/16 Re-referred to Com. on HUM. S.
03/31/16 From committee chair, with author's amendments: Amend, and re-refer to Com. on HUM. S. Read second time and amended.
03/29/16 In committee: Hearing postponed by committee.
02/25/16 Referred to Com. on HUM. S.
02/17/16 From printer. May be heard in committee March 18.
02/16/16 Read first time. To print.
04/04/16 Re-referred to Com. on HUM. S.
03/31/16 From committee chair, with author's amendments: Amend, and re-refer to Com. on HUM. S. Read second time and amended.
03/29/16 In committee: Hearing postponed by committee.
02/25/16 Referred to Com. on HUM. S.
02/17/16 From printer. May be heard in committee March 18.
02/16/16 Read first time. To print.
03/31/16 From committee chair, with author's amendments: Amend, and re-refer to Com. on HUM. S. Read second time and amended.
03/29/16 In committee: Hearing postponed by committee.
02/25/16 Referred to Com. on HUM. S.
02/17/16 From printer. May be heard in committee March 18.
02/16/16 Read first time. To print.
03/29/16 In committee: Hearing postponed by committee.
02/25/16 Referred to Com. on HUM. S.
02/17/16 From printer. May be heard in committee March 18.
02/16/16 Read first time. To print.
02/25/16 Referred to Com. on HUM. S.
02/17/16 From printer. May be heard in committee March 18.
02/16/16 Read first time. To print.
02/17/16 From printer. May be heard in committee March 18.
02/16/16 Read first time. To print.
02/16/16 Read first time. To print.

Bill Analysis

Date Analysis
05/09/16 Assembly Appropriations

Today's Law as Amended

Status

Bill Status
Measure: AB-1984
Lead Authors: Linder
Principal Coauthors: -
Coauthors: -
Topic: Foster youth: enrichment activities.
31st Day in Print: 03/18/16
Title: An act to add and repeal Section 16007 of the Welfare and Institutions Code, relating to foster youth.
House Location: Assembly
Introduced Date: 02/16/16
Type of Measure
Active Bill - In Committee Process
Majority Vote Required
Non-Appropriation
Fiscal Committee
Non-Local Program
Non-Urgency
Non-Tax Levy
Last 5 History Actions
Date Action
05/27/16 In committee: Held under submission.
05/11/16 In committee: Set, first hearing. Referred to APPR. suspense file.
04/21/16 Re-referred to Com. on APPR.
04/20/16 Read second time and amended.
04/19/16 From committee: Amend, and do pass as amended and re-refer to Com. on APPR. (Ayes 7. Noes 0.) (April 12).

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