BILL ANALYSIS                                                                                                                                                                                                    

                                                                  AB 2435
                                                                  Page  1

          AB 2435 (Bonnie Lowenthal)
          As Amended  April 22, 2010
          Majority vote 

           BUSINESS & PROFESSIONS      11-0APPROPRIATIONS      17-0        
          |Ayes:|Hayashi, Emmerson,        |Ayes:|Fuentes, Conway, Ammiano, |
          |     |Conway, Eng, Hernandez,   |     |Bradford, Charles         |
          |     |Hill, Ma, Nava, Niello,   |     |Calderon, Coto, Davis,    |
          |     |Ruskin, Smyth             |     |Nava, Hall, Harkey,       |
          |     |                          |     |Miller, Nielsen, Norby,   |
          |     |                          |     |Skinner, Solorio,         |
          |     |                          |     |Torlakson, Torrico        |
          |     |                          |     |                          |
           SUMMARY  :  Requires marriage and family therapists (MFTs),  
          licensed clinical social workers (LCSWs), psychologists, and  
          licensed professional counselors (PCCs) to have training on the  
          recognition and reporting of suspected elder and dependent adult  
          abuse as requirements for licensure.  Specifically,  this bill  :  

          1)Encourages the Board of Psychology and the Board of Behavioral  
            Sciences (BBS) to include coursework regarding the assessment  
            and reporting of elder and dependent adult abuse in the  
            required training on aging and long-term care issues prior to  
            licensure or license renewal.

          2)Adds instruction on the assessment, reporting, and treatment  
            related to elder and dependent adult abuse and neglect, to the  
            coursework and continuing education requirements prior to  
            licensure or licensure renewal as a psychologist, MFT, LCSW,  
            or PCC commencing January 1, 2012.

          3)States that it is anticipated and encouraged that hours of  
            experience gained prior to being licensed as an MFT will  
            include working with elders and dependent adults who have  
            physical or mental limitations that restrict their ability to  
            carry out normal activities or protect their rights.

          4)States legislative intent and findings.

           EXISTING LAW  provides for the licensure and regulation of  


                                                                  AB 2435
                                                                  Page  2

          psychologists, PCCs, LCSWs and MFTs and establishes specified  
          coursework requirements, including child abuse assessment and  

           FISCAL EFFECT  :  According to the Assembly Appropriations  
          Committee, no direct fiscal impact to BBS to continue oversight  
          of professional training and education.  This bill codifies  
          current practice and adds specificity to current law training  

           COMMENTS  :   According to the author's office, "Degree programs  
          and licensing requirements for MFTs, LCSWs, and psychologists  
          already include training on elder and dependent adult abuse  
          recognition and reporting.  However, while state law requires  
          degree programs to include training in the biological,  
          sociological, and psychological aspects of aging, state law is  
          silent on the inclusion of elder and dependent adult abuse.

          "The goal of this bill is not to place additional requirements  
          on licensees, but instead to codify in state law the existing  
          education and training on elder and dependent adult abuse  
          recognition and reporting."

          According to the Attorney General's office, over 225,000  
          Californians are victims of elder and dependent adult abuse each  
          year, with family members constituting more than two-thirds of  
          the alleged abusers.  However, the statistics for reports of  
          elder abuse do not mirror the increasing occurrences of elder  
          abuse in California; experts estimate that only one in 14 cases  
          is reported.  For financial abuse, the statistics are even more  
          startling with only an estimated one in 100 incidents ever  

          Analysis Prepared by  :    Rebecca May / B. & P. / (916) 319-3301 

                                                                FN: 0004028