SB 651, as amended, Pavley. Developmental centers and state hospitals.
Existing law establishes the State Department of Developmental Services and sets forth its powers and duties relating to the administration of the state developmental centers. Existing law establishes the State Department of State Hospitals and sets forth its powers and duties relating to the administration of state hospitals.
This bill would require designated investigators of developmental centers and state hospitals to authorize a sexual assault forensic medical examination for any resident of a developmental center or any resident of a state hospital, as applicable, who is a victim or suspected victim of sexual assault, as defined, performed at an appropriate facility off the grounds of the developmental center or state hospital in accordance with specified provisions.
Existing law requires a developmental center to immediately report specified incidents involving a resident to the local law enforcement agency having jurisdiction over the city or county in which the developmental center is located. Existing law provides for the licensure and regulation of health facilities, including long-term care facilities, as defined, by the State Department of Public Health. Existing law provides for a citation system for the imposition of civil penalties against long-term care facilities, including penalties specifically applicable to certain skilled nursing facilities and intermediate care facilities, in violation of applicable laws and regulations.
This bill would deem a developmental center’s failure to report to local law enforcement a class B violation, as specified, and subject to the penalties applicable to those certain skilled nursing and intermediate care facilities, as specified.
Vote: majority. Appropriation: no. Fiscal committee: yes. State-mandated local program: no.
The people of the State of California do enact as follows:
Section 1424.6 is added to the Health and Safety
2Code, to read:
Failure by a developmental center to report incidents
4as required under subdivision (a) of Section 4427.5 of the Welfare
5and Institutions Code shall be deemed a class B violation and shall
6be subject to the penalties specified in Section 1424.5.
Section 4313.5 is added to the Welfare and Institutions
8Code, to read:
Designated investigators of state hospitals shall
10authorize a sexual assault forensic medical examination for any
11resident of a state hospital who is a victim or suspected victim of
12sexual assault, as defined in Section 15610.63, performed at an
13appropriate facility off the grounds of a state hospital in accordance
14with Sections 13823.5 to 13823.12, inclusive, of the Penal Code.
Section 4427.5 of the Welfare and Institutions Code
21 is amended to read:
(a) (1) A developmental center shall immediately
2report the following incidents involving a resident to the local law
3enforcement agency having jurisdiction over the city or county in
4which the developmental center is located, regardless of whether
5the Office of Protective Services has investigated the facts and
6circumstances relating to the incident:
7(A) A death.
8(B) A sexual assault, as defined in Section 15610.63.
9(C) An assault with a deadly weapon, as described in Section
10245 of the Penal Code, by a nonresident of the developmental
12(D) An assault with force likely to produce great bodily injury,
13as described in Section 245 of the Penal Code.
14(E) An injury to the genitals when the cause of the injury is
16(F) A broken bone, when the cause of the break is undetermined.
17(2) If the incident is reported to the law enforcement agency by
18telephone, a written report of the incident shall also be submitted
19to the agency, within two working days.
20(3) The reporting requirements of this subdivision are in addition
21to, and do not substitute for, the reporting requirements of
22mandated reporters, and any other reporting and investigative
23duties of the developmental center and the department as required
25(4) Nothing in this subdivision shall be interpreted to prevent
26the developmental center from reporting any other criminal act
27constituting a danger to the health or safety of the residents of the
28developmental center to the local law enforcement agency.
29(b) (1) The department shall report to the agency described in
30subdivision (i) of Section 4900 any of the following incidents
31involving a resident of a developmental center:
32(A) Any unexpected or suspicious death, regardless of whether
33the cause is immediately known.
34(B) Any allegation of sexual assault, as defined in Section
3515610.63, in which the alleged perpetrator is a developmental
36center or department employee or contractor.
37(C) Any report made to the local law enforcement agency in
38the jurisdiction in which the facility is located that involves
39physical abuse, as defined in Section 15610.63, in which a staff
40member is implicated.
P4 1(2) A report pursuant to this subdivision shall be made no later
2than the close of the first business day following the discovery of
3the reportable incident.
4(c) The department shall do both of the following:
5(1) Annually provide written information to every developmental
6center employee regarding all of the following:
7(A) The statutory and departmental requirements for mandatory
8reporting of suspected or known abuse.
9(B) The rights and protections afforded to individuals’ reporting
10of suspected or known abuse.
11(C) The penalties for failure to report suspected or known abuse.
12(D) The telephone numbers for reporting suspected or known
13abuse or neglect to designated investigators of the department and
14to local law enforcement agencies.
15(2) On or before August 1, 2001, in consultation with employee
16organizations, advocates, consumers, and family members, develop
17a poster that encourages staff, residents, and visitors to report
18suspected or known abuse and provides information on how to
19make these reports.
20(d) A failure to report under subdivision (a) shall be deemed a
21class B violation as provided in Section 1424.6 of the Health and
Section 4427.7 is added to the Welfare and Institutions
24Code, to read:
Designated investigators of developmental centers
26shall authorize a sexual assault forensic medical examination for
27any resident of a developmental center who is a victim or suspected
28victim of sexual assault, as defined in Section 15610.63, performed
29at an appropriate facility off the grounds of the developmental
30center in accordance with Sections 13823.5 to 13823.12, inclusive,
31of the Penal Code.