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          Date of Hearing:  May 20, 2015


                        ASSEMBLY COMMITTEE ON APPROPRIATIONS


                                 Jimmy Gomez, Chair


          AB  
          1436 (Burke) - As Amended May 6, 2015


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          Urgency:  No  State Mandated Local Program:  NoReimbursable:  No


          SUMMARY:


          This bill allows In-Home Supportive Services (IHSS) applicants  
          and recipients to designate an authorized representative. 










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          FISCAL EFFECT:


          Minor and absorbable costs to DSS to develop the form. Minor  
          costs to counties to implement the procedure.


          COMMENTS:


          1)Purpose. According to the author, the authorized  
            representative function is critical in that it provides  
            applicants and recipients with a self-directed pathway to  
            receive needed assistance with complex rules and requirements  
            of these programs.  IHSS program applicants and recipients may  
            struggle with increasingly complex and changing program rules;  
            yet, while they may have family members and friends who are  
            able to provide support, there is no formal process to  
            designate these individuals as authorized representatives.


            This bill, according to the author, provides flexibility for  
            an IHSS applicant or recipient to determine the duties of the  
            authorized representative, and makes it clear that the  
            authorized representative has a legal responsibility to act in  
            the client's best interest.

          2)Background. A number of programs administered by the state  
            allow for, and set forth definitions and designation  
            procedures regarding, authorized representatives in order to  
            facilitate recipients' full participation in programs.  These  
            authorized representatives are permitted, within specified  
            limits, to act on behalf of program applicants and  
            participants typically for purposes of applying for services  
            and other required program activities.












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          Analysis Prepared by:Jennifer Swenson / APPR. / (916)  
          319-2081