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                   Senate Appropriations Committee Fiscal Summary
                           Senator Christine Kehoe, Chair

                                          SB 557 (Kehoe)
          
          Hearing Date: 05/26/2011        Amended: 05/17/2011
                                          AS PROPOSED TO BE AMENDED
          Consultant: Jolie Onodera       Policy Vote: Judiciary 5-0
                                                    Public Safety 6-0
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          BILL SUMMARY: SB 557 would authorize the cities of San Diego and 
          Anaheim, and the counties of Alameda and Sonoma, until January 
          1, 2014, to establish family justice centers (FJCs) to assist 
          victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, elder abuse, human 
          trafficking, and other victims of abuse and crime. This bill 
          would require each FJC to maintain an informed consent policy in 
          compliance with all state and federal laws protecting the 
          confidentiality of the information of victims seeking services. 
          This bill would require the Office of Privacy Protection (OPP), 
          in conjunction with the four pilot centers and relevant 
          stakeholders, to develop best practices to ensure the privacy of 
          all FJC clients and shall submit a report to the Legislature no 
          later than January 1, 2013.
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                            Fiscal Impact (in thousands)

           Major Provisions         2011-12      2012-13       2013-14     Fund
           
          Establishment of FJCs  Unknown; potentially major       Local
                                 local costs for operation and services

          Report to Legislature  $17 to OPP in advisory role       General
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          STAFF COMMENTS: 
          
          This bill authorizes the City of San Diego, the City of Anaheim, 
          the County of Alameda, and the County of Sonoma to create a 
          two-year pilot project for the establishment of a FJC. This bill 
          defines the FJC model in the law and expands the reach for whom 
          services will be provided to include, not only victims of 
          domestic violence, but also victims of officer-involved domestic 
          violence, sexual assault, elder abuse, stalking, cyber-stalking, 








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          cyber-bullying, and human trafficking. This bill also allows for 
          the FJCs to be staffed by, among others, law enforcement, 
          medical, social service, and child welfare personnel.  

          This bill requires each FJC to develop policies and procedures 
          to enhance the safety of the victims and professionals at the 
          FJC and requires each family justice center to maintain an 
          informed client consent policy and shall be in compliance with 
          all state and federal laws protecting the confidentiality of the 
          types of information and documents that may be in a victim's 
          file, including, but not limited to, medical and legal records.  


          Should the specified cities and counties opt to establish a FJC, 
          there will be unknown, but major local costs for operation and 
          the provision of services to FJC clients.  Costs would be 
          dependent on the number of clients, FJC procedures, staffing, 
          and the availability and cost of local treatment and service 
          providers.
          This bill requires the OPP in conjunction with the four pilot 
          centers, the National Family Justice Center Alliance, and 
          relevant stakeholders shall develop best practices to ensure the 
          privacy of all family justice center clients and shall submit a 
          report to the assembly committee on Judiciary and to the Senate 
          Committee on Judiciary, no later than January 1, 2013, with 
          recommendations. The OPP has indicated a cost of $62,000 as the 
          lead agency to develop best practice privacy recommendations and 
          coordination of the report to the Legislature.

          To reduce the costs of the bill, staff recommends an amendment 
          to have the four pilot centers reduce the OPP to an advisory 
          role over the development of best practices. The OPP has 
          indicated reducing their involvement to oversight and review of 
          the report would result in costs of approximately $17,000.
          
          Staff notes as part of the Administration's proposal to reduce 
          state operations by eliminations and efficiencies, the May 
          Revision proposes to eliminate the OPP within the State and 
          Consumer Services Agency.