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          Date of Hearing:   April 10, 2013

                        ASSEMBLY COMMITTEE ON APPROPRIATIONS
                                  Mike Gatto, Chair

                    AB 602 (Yamada) - As Amended:  April 1, 2013 

          Policy Committee:                              Public  
          SafetyVote:   

          Urgency:      No                  State Mandated Local Program:   
          Yes    Reimbursable:              Yes

           SUMMARY  

          This bill requires the Commission on Peace Officer Standards and  
          Training (POST) to establish, by July 1, 2015, and to keep  
          updated, a training course regarding law enforcement interaction  
          with mentally disabled or developmentally disabled persons  
          living in a state mental hospital or state developmental center.  
           This bill also creates additional requirements on mandated  
          reporters in state mental hospitals and state developmental  
          centers.  Specifically, this bill:  

          1)Requires the training course "for law enforcement personnel  
            with jurisdiction over state mental health hospitals and state  
            developmental centers," and requires the course to be  
            classroom-based and interactive. 

          2)Requires POST to submit a report to the Legislature, by  
            October 1, 2017, regarding the course and its utilization.

          3)Requires mandated reporters of elder or dependent adult abuse  
            report specified serious incidents of specified alleged abuse  
            or neglect in state mental hospitals or state developmental  
            centers to both (rather than either) local law enforcement and  
            designated investigators of the State Department of State  
            Hospitals or the State Department of Developmental Services,  
            within two hours of the mandated reporter suspecting abuse.   

          4)Requires local law enforcement agencies to coordinate efforts  
            with designated investigators of the State Department of State  
            Hospitals or the State Department of Developmental Services to  
            provide a response to investigate reports received. 









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           FISCAL EFFECT  

          1)Special fund costs in the range of $100,000 to POST to create  
            and offer a specific and mandatory course for law enforcement  
            interaction with persons living in a state hospital or  
            developmental center. (POST already maintains and updates a  
            training course on interaction with mentally disabled  
            persons.) The proposed training would most likely be included  
            within the existing basic 664 hours of training provided to  
            peace officers. 

          2)Minor GF costs, likely less than $25,000, to state hospitals  
            and developmental centers to provide additional training to  
            peace officers, in most cases within the existing training  
            block. 

          3)Minor state-reimbursable local costs, likely less than  
            $50,000, to provide additional mandated training to peace  
            officers, in most cases within existing training.  

            The requirement that the training be classroom-based and  
            interactive is somewhat prescriptive in that POST offers many  
            courses on-line, which reduces costs such as travel, per diem  
            and backfilling officer posts. The committee may wish to  
            consider deleting this specification.  

          4)Minor, if any, reimbursable local agency costs for specified  
            coordination with state hospitals and developmental centers,  
            which in most cases is current practice.  

           COMMENTS  

           1)Rationale  . The author and proponents contend this bill simply  
            adds institutional-specific and appropriate training, and  
            ensures prompt and uniform reporting of abusive incidents at  
            state hospitals and developmental centers. 

           2)There is no known opposition  . 
           


           Analysis Prepared by  :    Geoff Long / APPR. / (916) 319-2081 











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