BILL ANALYSIS Ó Senate Appropriations Committee Fiscal Summary Senator Kevin de León, Chair AB 174 (Bonta) - Public school health centers. Amended: June 24, 2013 Policy Vote: Health 7-2 Urgency: No Mandate: Yes Hearing Date: August 30, 2013 Consultant: Brendan McCarthy SUSPENSE FILE. AS AMENDED. Bill Summary: AB 174 would require the Department of Public Health to create a pilot grant program in Alameda County to provide funding for the mental health needs of students impacted by trauma. Fiscal Impact (as approved on August 30, 2013): Unknown costs to provide grants (federal funds or private funds). The bill specifies that the program would be limited to a one-year pilot project in Alameda County at up to ten facilities. However, the bill does not specify the total amount of funding or the potential fund source. Unknown costs to administer the program (federal funds or private funds). Typically, the cost to administer a grant program is about five percent of total grant spending. Background: Under current law, the Department of Public Health is required to establish a Public School Health Center Support Program to support the establishment of school health centers. The Department is also required to establish a grant program to provide funding to school health centers. To date, no funding has been made available and no program activities have taken place. Proposed Law: AB 174 would require the Department of Public Health to create a pilot grant program in Alameda County to provide funding for the mental health needs of students impacted by trauma. Specific provisions of the bill would: Authorize the Department to delegate administrative duties to Alameda County; AB 174 (Bonta) Page 1 Authorize the grant program only for the 2015-16 school year; Require a review of the program; Specify the allowable uses of grant funds (generally for counseling, outreach and education, violence prevention programs, and other uses); Specify grant funding criteria; Sunset the program on January 1, 2019. Staff Comments: As noted above, the Department of Public Health is currently required to establish a program to provide technical assistance and grant funds for public school health centers. To date, no funding has been authorized and this program has not been implemented. By authorizing the Department of Public Health to delegate administrative duties to Alameda County, the bill would create a reimbursable state mandate. Committee Amendments: delete the authority for the Department of Public Health to delegate administrative duties to Alameda County and specify that only non-state funds may be used to fund the program.