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          SENATE THIRD READING


          SB  
          1324 (Hancock)


          As Amended  August 18, 2016


          Majority vote


          SENATE VOTE:  39-0


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          |Public Safety   |7-0  |Jones-Sawyer,          |                     |
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          |                |     |Santiago               |                     |
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          SUMMARY:  Extends the sunset from January 1, 2017, to January 1,  
          2019, for provisions allowing the Victim Compensation Board to  
          reimburse crime victims for violence-peer-counseling services.




          EXISTING LAW:  








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          1)Establishes the Victim Compensation Board (board) to operate  
            the Victim Compensation Program (CalVCP).  
          2)Authorizes the board to reimburse for pecuniary loss for the  
            following types of losses:


             a)   The amount of medical or medical-related expenses  
               incurred by the victim, subject to specified limitations.
             b)   The amount of out-patient psychiatric, psychological or  
               other mental health counseling-related expenses incurred by  
               the victim, as specified, including peer counseling  
               services.


             c)   The expenses of non-medical remedial care and treatment  
               rendered in accordance with a religious method of healing  
               recognized by state law.


             d)   Compensation equal to the loss of income or loss of  
               support, or both, that a victim or derivative victim incurs  
               as a direct result of the victim's injury or the victim's  
               death, subject to specified limitations.


             e)   Cash payment to, or on behalf of, the victim for job  
               retraining or similar employment-oriented services.


             f)   The expense of installing or increasing residential  
               security, not to exceed $1,000, with respect to a crime  
               that occurred in the victim's residence, upon verification  
               by law enforcement to be necessary for the personal safety  
               of the victim or by a mental health treatment provider to  
               be necessary for the emotional well-being of the victim.










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             g)   The expense of renovating or retrofitting a victim's  
               residence or a vehicle to make them accessible or  
               operational, if it is medically necessary.


             h)   Expenses incurred in relocating, as specified, if the  
               expenses are determined by law enforcement to be necessary  
               for the personal safety or by a mental health treatment  
               provider to be necessary for the emotional well-being of  
               the victim.


          3)Allows both victims and derivative victims to be reimbursed  
            for out-patient mental-health counseling expenses, including  
            violence peer-counseling services.  
          4)Defines "violence peer counseling" as "counseling by a  
            violence peer counselor for the purpose of rendering advice or  
            assistance for victims of violent crime and their families."  


          FISCAL EFFECT:  None.  This bill is keyed non-fiscal by the  
          Legislative Counsel.


          COMMENTS:  According to the author, "SB 1324 is important to  
          ensuring that we support physical and emotional recovery for  
          Californians injured by gun or other violence by extending peer  
          counseling services and reimbursement through the Victims  
          Compensation Fund.  By providing victims with  
          culturally-competent health services, we will not only help them  
          with their basic health needs following a traumatic episode, but  
          we will reduce overall gun violence by supporting intervention  
          and de-escalation efforts."




          Please see the policy committee analysis for a full discussion  
                          of this bill.








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          Analysis Prepared by:                                             
                          Sandy Uribe / PUB. S. / (916) 319-3744  FN:  
          0004411