BILL ANALYSIS                                                                                                                                                                                                    

                                                                  AB 2435
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          Date of Hearing:   April 21, 2010

                                Felipe Fuentes, Chair

                  AB 2435 (Lowenthal) - As Amended:  March 24, 2010 

          Policy Committee:                              Business &  
          Professions  Vote:                            11-0 

          Urgency:     No                   State Mandated Local Program:  
          No     Reimbursable:              


          This bill requires specified professionals to complete training  
          regarding elder and dependent adult abuse. The professionals  
          required to complete the training include marriage and family  
          therapists, educational psychologists, clinical social workers  
          and professional clinical counselors. 

           FISCAL EFFECT  

          No direct fiscal impact to the Board of Behavioral Sciences to  
          continue oversight of professional training and education. This  
          bill codifies current practice and adds specificity to current  
          law training requirements.  


           1)Rationale  . This bill is co-sponsored by the California  
            Commission on Aging and the Congress of California Seniors to  
            increase the training emphasis of various professionals and to  
            increase the awareness about a range of abuse recognition and  

          Elder abuse includes physical abuse, neglect, financial abuse,  
            abandonment, isolation, abduction, or other treatment that  
            results in physical harm, pain, or mental suffering. Under  
            current law, health care professionals, clergy, certain county  
            employees, and law enforcement officers are mandated  
            reporters. In addition, many of the professionals addressed by  
            this bill currently receive training and clinical experience  
            regarding elder and dependent adult abuse. 


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           2)Related Legislation  . SB 953 (Vasconcellos), Chapter 541,  
            Statutes of 2001 requires an applicant for licensure as a  
            psychologist, social worker, or marriage and family therapist,  
            or for renewal of a license to complete specified educational  
            requirements regarding aging and long-term care.

           Analysis Prepared by  :    Mary Ader / APPR. / (916) 319-2081