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          Date of Hearing:  May 11, 2016


                               Lorena Gonzalez, Chair

          2000 (Campos) - As Amended March 28, 2016

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          Urgency:  No  State Mandated Local Program:  YesReimbursable:   


          This bill requires the juvenile court to conduct a hearing when  
          terminating jurisdiction over a ward and to ensure that certain  
          information, documents, and services are provided by a probation  


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          officer to the ward in conjunction with termination of the  
          court's jurisdiction, similar to those provided to a foster  
          youth transitioning from the dependency system. The bill also  
          requires the Judicial Council to develop and implement standards  
          and adopt appropriate forms.

          FISCAL EFFECT:

          1)Unknown, but likely in the hundreds of thousands of dollars,  
            reimbursable mandate costs for county probation departments to  
            provide the required information, documents, and services and  
            to participate in hearings when necessary.

          2)Minor and absorbable costs to the courts.


          1)Purpose. The sponsor, Juvenile Court Judges of California  
            explains the need for the legislation as follows:

               Information such as medication needs, a Social Security  
               card or copy, a copy of the youth's birth certificate,  
               driver's license, and a health and education summary should  
               be in the file.  Assistance with obtaining Medi-Cal, and  
               referrals for assistance for housing, employment, financial  
               support, and college or vocational school applications are  
               all resources that most juvenile justice probation  
               departments have at their disposal.  This legislation seeks  
               a more concerted effort to rally behind a youth prior to  
               leaving the system and is unlikely to cause a greater  
               burden for the probation department to document or research  
               because most of the information is already in the file or  
               easily obtainable. 


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               This bill does not propose assistance with certain of the  
               items listed above but instead proposes referrals for  
               assistance, for example, a resources print out of options  
               rather than specific assistance to obtain those services.   
               Medi-Cal assistance has been included because many youth  
               lose their Medi-Cal coverage while incarcerated, and upon  
               exit lack the resources and information to resume coverage.

          2)Background. Current law ensures that foster youth who age out  
            of the dependency system when they become adults (or 21 years  
            of age for "nonminor dependents") are provided with a number  
            of documents and resources when leaving the dependency system.  
             Prior to termination of the juvenile court's jurisdiction,  
            the county welfare department is required to do a number of  
            things to help the nonminor transition to living without the  
            support of the juvenile court and the county welfare  

            This bill requires that a number of those same services and  
            items of information to be provided to probation youth prior  
            to the juvenile delinquency court terminating its jurisdiction  
            over the youth.  Instead of requiring the county welfare  
            department to provide those services, documents and  
            information, this bill requires the county probation  
            department to provide similar services, documents, and  
            information to the ward.  Because not all of the services and  
            information that are required to be provided to foster youth  
            are necessary or appropriate for probation youth, some of the  
            requirements have been modified or eliminated.  

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


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