Senate BillNo. 312

Introduced by Senator Pan

February 23, 2015

An act to amend Section 11052.5 of the Welfare and Institutions Code, relating to public social services.


SB 312, as introduced, Pan. Public assistance: personal interviews.

Existing law provides for protection, care, and assistance for people of the state by providing appropriate aid and services to the needy and distressed. Programs established for this purpose include the California Work Opportunity and Responsibility to Kids program (CalWORKs), which provides cash assistance and other social services to needy families, using federal Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) block grant program, state, and county funds. Existing law prohibits an applicant from being granted public assistance under CalWORKs until he or she is personally interviewed by the county welfare department or state hospital staff.

This bill would authorize the county welfare department to conduct this personal interview telephonically or through electronic means if the county welfare department determines that a personal interview by telephone or electronic means would be more efficient. The bill would authorize the State Department of Social Services to implement the bill by means of all-county letters or similar instructions. The bill would also delete an obsolete cross-reference.

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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This act shall be known, and may be cited, as the 2County Option of Efficient Interviewing of CalWORKs Applicants
3Act of 2015


SEC. 2.  

Section 11052.5 of the Welfare and Institutions Code
5 is amended to read:



begin deleteNo end deletebegin insert(a)end insertbegin insertend insertbegin insertAn end insertapplicant shallbegin insert notend insert be granted public
7assistance underbegin delete Chaptersend deletebegin insert Chapterend insert 2 (commencing with Section
811200)begin delete and 5 (commencing with Section 13000) of this partend delete until
9he or she is first personally interviewed by the office of the county
10begin insert welfareend insert department or state staff for patients in state hospitals. The
11personal interview shall be conducted promptly following the
12application for assistance.begin insert The county welfare department may
13conduct the personal interview by telephone or through electronic
14means if the county welfare department determines that a personal
15interview by telephone or electronic means will be more efficient.end insert

16 If an applicant is incapable of acting in his or her own behalf, the
17countybegin insert welfareend insert department shall verify this fact by personal contact
18with the applicant before aid is authorized. As used in this section,
19the term public assistance does not include health care as provided
20by Chapter 7 (commencing with Section 14000).

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end delete

22begin insert(b)end insertbegin insertend insertbegin insertTheend insert interview conducted pursuant to this section shall occur
23within seven days after the time of application unless there are
24extenuating circumstances that justify further delay.


SEC. 3.  

Notwithstanding the rulemaking provisions of the
26Administrative Procedure Act (Chapter 3.5 (commencing with
27Section 11340) of Part 1 of Division 3 of Title 2 of the Government
28Code), the State Department of Social Services may implement
29this act through an all-county letter or similar instruction from the
30director. The all-county letter or similar instruction shall be issued
31no later than April 1, 2016.