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          Date of Hearing:   April 20, 2016


                        ASSEMBLY COMMITTEE ON APPROPRIATIONS


                               Lorena Gonzalez, Chair


          AB  
          1737 (McCarty) - As Introduced February 1, 2016


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          Urgency:  No  State Mandated Local Program:  YesReimbursable:   
          Yes


          SUMMARY:


          This bill requires counties to establish interagency child death  
          review teams to assist local agencies in identifying and  
          reviewing suspicious child deaths and facilitating communication  
          among persons who perform autopsies and the various persons and  
          agencies involved in child abuse or neglect cases.










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          FISCAL EFFECT:


          Significant reimbursable state mandated cost in the $4 million  
          range (GF).  Sacramento County, a midsize county, has identified  
          annual cost of approximately $75,000 to conduct the activities  
          required in AB 1737; however, they currently do those activities  
          for other counties as well.  If one assumes an average of  
          $25,000 for the smallest 20 counties, an average of $70,000 for  
          the next other 28 counties, and an average of $150,000 for the  
          10 largest counties, the cost would be $3.96 million.  The state  
          will be required to reimburse even the counties that currently  
          have a program.


          COMMENTS:


          1)Background/Puropose.  Current law allows, but does not  
            require, counties to do both:


             a)   Establish interagency child death review teams to assist  
               local agencies in identifying and reviewing suspicious  
               child deaths and facilitating communication among persons  
               who perform autopsies and the various persons and agencies  
               involved in child abuse or neglect cases, but does not  
               require counties to establish child death review teams.  If  
               a team is created, the death review is required to report,  
               at least annually, conclusions, recommendations, and  
               aggregate satistiacal data.


             b)   Develop a protocol, in consultation with a specified  
               group, which may be used as a guideline by persons  
               performing autopsies on children in order to assist  
               coroners and other persons who perform autopsies in the  
               identification of child abuse or neglect, in the  
               determination of whether child abuse or neglect contributed  








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               to death or whether child abuse or neglect had occurred  
               prior to but was not the actual cause of death, and in the  
               proper written reporting procedures for child abuse or  
               neglect, including the designation of the cause and mode of  
               death.  


               This bill would require each county to establish an  
               interagency child death review team to assist local  
               agencies in identifying and reviewing suspicious child  
               deaths, and require the county to develop an autopsy  
               protocol.  Because the bill mandates that each county  
               create a team, the corresponding report by the child death  
               review team would also be mandatory.


               According to the author, an annual child death report is to  
               provide vital information should children be dying of  
               similar reasons in one county compared to another.  The  
               annual report will identify how and why children die, to  
               facilitate the creation and implementation of strategies to  
               prevent future deaths.


          2)Support/Opposition. Sierra Health Foundation, in support,  
            argues that "requiring each county to have an active child  
            death review team will create uniformity across the state;  
            with accurate data this information could be used to create  
            public awareness campaigns and reduce the number of child  
            deaths much like our efforts here in Sacramento County."   
            There is no opposition





          Analysis Prepared by:Pedro Reyes / APPR. / (916)  
          319-2081









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