California Legislature—2015–16 Regular Session

Assembly BillNo. 2000


Introduced by Assembly Member Campos

February 16, 2016


An act to add Section 607.6 to the Welfare and Institutions Code, relating to juveniles.

LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL’S DIGEST

AB 2000, as introduced, Campos. Wards: termination of juvenile court jurisdiction.

Existing law establishes the jurisdiction of the juvenile court, which may adjudge a minor to be a ward of the court on the basis of the minor’s delinquent behavior. Under existing law, the jurisdiction of the juvenile court may continue until the ward attains 21 or 25 years of age, depending on the nature of the offense. Existing law requires the juvenile court to hold a hearing prior to terminating jurisdiction over a ward who is subject to an order of foster care, as specified. Under existing law, whenever the juvenile court terminates jurisdiction over a ward who has also been designated a dependent of the court or previously placed into foster care, the probation or parole officer is required to provide the ward with specified information and documents relating to benefits for former foster children.

This bill would require the juvenile court to conduct a hearing prior to terminating jurisdiction over a ward who has attained 18 years of age and who is either placed out of the home by the juvenile court or who is returning to an unstable home environment. The bill would require the probation department to provide certain information, documents, and services to the ward before the court may terminate jurisdiction. By imposing this duty on probation officers, this bill would impose a state-mandated local program. The bill would also direct the Judicial Council to develop and implement standards and forms necessary to implement these provisions.

The California Constitution requires the state to reimburse local agencies and school districts for certain costs mandated by the state. Statutory provisions establish procedures for making that reimbursement.

This bill would provide that, if the Commission on State Mandates determines that the bill contains costs mandated by the state, reimbursement for those costs shall be made pursuant to these statutory provisions.

Vote: majority. Appropriation: no. Fiscal committee: yes. State-mandated local program: yes.

The people of the State of California do enact as follows:

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SECTION 1.  

Section 607.6 is added to the Welfare and
2Institutions Code
, to read:

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607.6.  

(a) The juvenile court shall not terminate jurisdiction
4over a ward who has attained 18 years of age and who is either
5placed out of the home by the juvenile court in the most recent
6order or who is returning to an unstable home environment, until
7a hearing is conducted pursuant to this section and the probation
8department has submitted a report verifying that the following
9information, documents, and services have been provided to the
10ward, or in the case of a ward who, after reasonable efforts by the
11probation department, cannot be located, verifying the efforts made
12to make the following available to the ward:

13(1) Written information concerning the ward’s case, including
14any known information regarding the ward’s Indian heritage or
15tribal connections, if applicable, directions on how to access the
16documents the ward is entitled to inspect under Section 827, and
17the date on which the jurisdiction of the juvenile court would be
18terminated.

19(2) Written information regarding any psychoactive or other
20medications that the ward is taking, including the dosage, the
21reason the medications were prescribed, contact information of
22the prescribing doctor or psychiatrist, and information regarding
23how to maintain the medication regimen if the ward so chooses.

24(3) The following documents:

25(A) Social security card.

P3    1(B) Certified copy of his or her birth certificate.

2(C) Health and education summary, as described in subdivision
3(a) of Section 16010.

4(D) Driver’s license, as described in Section 12500 of the
5Vehicle Code, or identification card, as described in Section 13000
6of the Vehicle Code.

7(E) A letter prepared by the probation department that includes
8the following information:

9(i) The ward’s name and date of birth.

10(ii) The dates during which the ward was within the jurisdiction
11of the juvenile court.

12(iii) A statement that the ward was a youth in compliance with
13state and federal financial aid documentation requirements.

14(F) If applicable, the death certificate of the parent or parents.

15(G) If applicable, proof of the ward’s citizenship or legal
16residence.

17(H) An advance health care directive form.

18(4) Referrals for assistance with completing an application for
19Medi-Cal or referrals for assistance with obtaining other health
20insurance.

21(5) Referrals to transitional housing, if available, or referrals to
22other housing.

23(6) Referrals for assistance with obtaining employment or other
24financial support.

25(7) Assistance in applying for admission to college or to a
26vocational training program or other educational institution and
27in obtaining financial aid, where appropriate.

28(8) If the ward has been in out-of-home placement for six
29months or longer from the date the ward entered foster care or a
30long-term detention facility, contact information in the ward’s file
31for individuals who are important to the ward, based on the ward’s
32best interests.

33(9) For wards between 18 and 21 years of age who were placed
34in foster care, assistance in accessing the Independent Living
35Aftercare Program in the ward’s county of residence.

36(b) At any hearing for a ward who has turned 18 years of age
37at which the court is considering terminating jurisdiction, the
38probation department shall ensure that the nonminor is present in
39court, unless the nonminor does not wish to appear in court and
40elects a telephonic appearance, or shall document reasonable efforts
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2ward is not available.

3(c) At the hearing closest to and before a ward’s 18th birthday
4and every review hearing thereafter for nonminor wards, the
5probation department shall submit a report describing efforts
6toward completing the items described in subparagraphs (E) to
7(H), inclusive, of paragraph (2) of subdivision (a).

8(d) If the ward has met his or her rehabilitative goal and requests
9immediate termination of jurisdiction, the termination shall not be
10delayed if the probation department has not complied with this
11section.

12(e) The Judicial Council shall develop and implement standards,
13and develop and adopt appropriate forms, necessary to implement
14this section.

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SEC. 2.  

If the Commission on State Mandates determines that
16this act contains costs mandated by the state, reimbursement to
17local agencies and school districts for those costs shall be made
18pursuant to Part 7 (commencing with Section 17500) of Division
194 of Title 2 of the Government Code.



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