Senate BillNo. 174


Introduced by Senator Wolk

(Principal coauthors: Assembly Members Cooper, Dodd, and McCarty)

(Coauthor: Senator Pan)

February 5, 2015


An act to add and repeal Section 1517 of the Health and Safety Code, relating to crisis nurseries.

LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL’S DIGEST

SB 174, as introduced, Wolk. Crisis nurseries: study.

Existing law provides for the licensure and regulation by the State Department of Social Services of crisis nurseries. Crisis nurseries are nonprofit corporations that care for and supervise children under 6 years of age who are voluntarily placed in the crisis nursery by a parent or legal guardian due to a family crisis or stressful situation for no more than 30 days.

This bill, until January 1, 2018, would require the department to implement a 2-year pilot project in the Counties of Sacramento and Yolo to conduct a study of the relationship between crisis respite care and incidents of reported child abuse in those counties, and report the results of the study to the Legislature. The bill would make the implementation of this pilot project contingent upon all of the crisis nurseries in those counties voluntarily participating in the project and providing funding for 12 of the cost of the project. This bill would express the intent of the Legislature to provide state funding for crisis nurseries in the Budget Act of 2015 for community services and this pilot project.

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

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

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SECTION 1.  

Section 1517 is added to the Health and Safety
2Code
, to read:

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1517.  

(a) The department shall implement a two-year pilot
4project in the County of Sacramento and the County of Yolo for
5the purpose of evaluating the effectiveness of crisis nurseries in
6lowering the incidence of child abuse in those counties. This pilot
7project shall be implemented only if all of the crisis nurseries in
8those counties voluntarily participate in the project and provide
9private funding for one-half of the cost of the project. The pilot
10project shall consist of both of the following:

11(1) The department shall conduct a study of the relationship
12between crisis respite care and incidents of reported child abuse
13in pilot project counties.

14(2) The department shall report the results of the study to the
15Legislature on or before December 31, 2017. The report shall
16comply with Section 9795 of the Government Code.

17(b) It is the intent of the Legislature to provide state funding for
18crisis nurseries in the Budget Act of 2015 in order to enable crisis
19nurseries to continue to provide services to the community and to
20participate in the pilot project established by this section.

21(c) This section shall remain in effect only until January 1, 2018,
22and as of that date is repealed, unless a later enacted statute, that
23is enacted before January 1, 2018, deletes or extends that date.



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