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          Date of Hearing:   April 17, 2013

                        ASSEMBLY COMMITTEE ON APPROPRIATIONS
                                  Mike Gatto, Chair

                 AB 849 (Garcia) - As Introduced:  February 21, 2013 

          Policy Committee:                               
          JudiciaryVote:10-0

          Urgency:     No                   State Mandated Local Program:  
          No     Reimbursable:               

           SUMMARY  

          This bill extends to victims of elder or dependent adult abuse  
          the address confidentiality protections of the Safe at Home  
          program.

           FISCAL EFFECT  

          The Secretary of State (SOS), which administers the Safe at Home  
          program, indicates that in 2012, there were 76,000 confirmed or  
          inconclusive cases of elder and dependent adult abuse. Any of  
          the victims in these cases could apply to the program. If only  
          1% did so, the SOS will incur GF costs of around $160,000 in the  
          first year and $140,000 annually thereafter for two positions to  
          review applications, process and forward mail, recruit volunteer  
          intake agencies specializing in elder abuse issues, and train  
          existing volunteer agencies to address the new program  
          population. 

           COMMENTS  

           1)Background  . SB 489 (Alpert)/Chapter 1005 of 1998 established  
            the "Safe at Home" program, which was created to protect  
            victims of domestic violence from the disclosure of address  
            information.  This program allows victims of domestic violence  
            and other specified crimes, who satisfy certain criteria, to  
            request an alternate address. The SOS provides a substitute,  
            publically accessible address for these victims while  
            protecting their actual residences or locations.  The SOS also  
            acts as the program participants' agent for service of process  
            and forwards mail received to the victim's actual address. A  
            program participant, once certified, may remain in the program  








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            for up to four years, after which re-certification is  
            required.

            Subsequent legislation has expanded the program several times:  
            in 2000 to include victims of stalking; in 2002 to include  
            reproductive health care services providers, employers,  
            volunteers and patients; and in 2006 to include victims of  
            sexual abuse. The SOS indicates 3,067 individuals are  
            currently in the program.

           2)Purpose  . According to the author, "there are cases in which an  
            abused elder has moved to a new address to escape a persistent  
            abuser and wants to keep the abuser from finding him or her.   
            In other cases, a conservator may need to move an elder or  
            dependent adult to new housing or an assisted living facility  
            following a history of physical, emotional, and/or financial  
            abuse by a caregiver or other person, and want to ensure the  
            confidentiality of the new address.  In such cases,  
            eligibility to participate in the "Safe at Home" program would  
            give the abused elders and dependent adults the added  
            protection of the address confidentiality program to help keep  
            them safe from their abusers."

           Analysis Prepared by  :    Chuck Nicol / APPR. / (916) 319-2081