Amended in Senate April 6, 2015

Senate BillNo. 515


Introduced by Senator Beall

February 26, 2015


An actbegin insert to amend Section 7599.2 of the Government Code,end insert relating to criminal justice grant programs.

LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL’S DIGEST

SB 515, as amended, Beall. Grant programs.

Existing law, as added by the Safe Neighborhoods and Schools Act, a measure approved by the voters at the November 4, 2014, statewide general election, creates the Safe Neighborhoods and Schools Fund, a continuously appropriated fund, which is funded by savings that accrue to the state from the implementation of the act. Existing law provides that 65% of the moneys deposited in the fund shall be disbursed to the Board of State and Community Corrections to administer a grant program to fund public agencies that support mental health treatment, substance abuse treatment, and diversion programs for people in the criminal justice system.

Proposition 47 provides that its provisions may be amended by a statute that is consistent with and furthers its intent and that is passed by a 23 vote of each house of the Legislature and is signed by the Governor. Proposition 47 also provides that the Legislature may, by majority vote, amend, add, or repeal provisions to further reduce the penalties for offenses it addresses.

This bill wouldbegin delete state the intent of the Legislature to enact legislation that establishes funding priorities for moneys distributed from the Safe Neighborhoods and Schools Fund to the Board of State and Community Corrections.end deletebegin insert require the board, in awarding those grants, to allocate at least end insertbegin insert23end insertbegin insert of the grant funding to public behavioral health agencies, or other public agencies that provide behavioral health services, that will use the grant funds to provide evidence-based mental health services and substance use disorder treatment services that are provided by licensed or certified behavioral health professionals and counselors.end insert

Vote: begin deletemajority end deletebegin insert23end insert. Appropriation: no. Fiscal committee: begin deleteno end deletebegin insertyesend insert. State-mandated local program: no.

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

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begin insertSection 7599.2 of the end insertbegin insertGovernment Codeend insertbegin insert is
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7599.2.  

Distribution of Moneys from the Safe Neighborhoods
4and Schools Fund.

5(a) By August 15 of each fiscal year beginning in 2016, the
6Controller shall disburse moneys deposited in the Safe
7Neighborhoods and Schools Fund as follows:

8(1) Twenty-five percent to the State Department of Education,
9to administer a grant program to public agencies aimed at
10improving outcomes for public school pupils in kindergarten and
11grades 1 to 12, inclusive, by reducing truancy and supporting
12students who are at risk of dropping out of school or are victims
13of crime.

14(2) Ten percent to the California Victim Compensation and
15Government Claims Board, to make grants to trauma recovery
16centers to provide services to victims of crime pursuant to Section
1713963.1 of the Government Code.

18(3) Sixty-five percent to the Board of State and Community
19Corrections, to administer a grant program to public agencies aimed
20at supporting mental health treatment, substance abuse treatment,
21and diversion programs for people in the criminal justice system,
22with an emphasis on programs that reduce recidivism of people
23convicted of less serious crimes, such as those covered by this
24measure, and those who have substance abuse and mental health
25problems.begin insert The board, in awarding grants pursuant to this
26paragraph, shall allocate at least two-thirds of the grant funding
27to public behavioral health agencies, or other public agencies that
28provide behavioral health services, that will use the grant funds
29to provide evidence-based mental health services and substance
P3    1use disorder treatment services that are provided by licensed or
2certified behavioral health professionals and counselors.end insert

3(b) For each program set forth in paragraphs (1) to (3), inclusive,
4of subdivision (a), the agency responsible for administering the
5programs shall not spend more than 5 percent of the total funds it
6receives from the Safe Neighborhoods and Schools Fund on an
7annual basis for administrative costs.

8(c) Every two years, the Controller shall conduct an audit of the
9grant programs operated by the agencies specified in paragraphs
10(1) to (3), inclusive, of subdivision (a) to ensure the funds are
11disbursed and expended solely according to this chapter and shall
12report his or her findings to the Legislature and the public.

13(d) Any costs incurred by the Controller and the Director of
14Finance in connection with the administration of the Safe
15Neighborhoods and Schools Fund, including the costs of the
16calculation required by Section 7599.1 and the audit required by
17subdivision (c), as determined by the Director of Finance, shall be
18deducted from the Safe Neighborhoods and Schools Fund before
19the funds are disbursed pursuant to subdivision (a).

20(e) The funding established pursuant to this act shall be used to
21expand programs for public school pupils in kindergarten and
22grades 1 to 12, inclusive, victims of crime, and mental health and
23substance abuse treatment and diversion programs for people in
24the criminal justice system. These funds shall not be used to
25supplant existing state or local funds utilized for these purposes.

26(f) Local agencies shall not be obligated to provide programs
27or levels of service described in this chapter above the level for
28which funding has been provided.

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SECTION 1.  

It is the intent of the Legislature to enact
30legislation that establishes funding priorities for moneys distributed
31from the Safe Neighborhoods and Schools Fund to the Board of
32State and Community Corrections pursuant to paragraph (3) of
33subdivision (a) of Section 7599.2 of the Government Code.

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