The following bills have been identified as priority legislation as they impact a high percentage of the NLACRC community.
AB 823 (Arambula) - Developmental services
This bill would require a regional center to contract for mobile crisis service providers to assist consumers in remaining in, or returning to, the community. This bill would also require the regional center to post the memorandum of understanding on the regional center’s internet website. NLA Board Position: No position ARCA Position: No position 1/30/2020 Status: In Senate awaiting committee assignment
AB 2024 (Holden) - Developmental disabilities: provider rates
In relation to existing law that sets forth the Department of Developmental Services and the regional center’s authority to establish provider rates, this bill would require certain provider rates to be increased by 3.33% for each $1 increase in the state minimum wage, or by a prorated percentage for an increase that is not a whole number. NLA Board Position: No position ARCA Position: No position 1/30/2020 Status: May be heard in committee February 29th and likely to be assigned to Assembly Human Services.
SB 920 (Beall) - Persons with disabilities: terminology
This bill would change the terms in selected statutes from “dependent person” and “dependent adult” to “person with a disability” and “adult with a disability” and “adult with a disability” and would state the intent of the Legislature that, as changes are made to the code in the future, that those terms be changed in the remaining code sections as well. NLA Board Position: No Position ARCA Position: No Position 2/5/2020 Status: Referred to the committee on Human Services
LOWER IMPACT LEGISLATION
Other bills that should be considered due to being authored by legislators in our catchment area or bill impacting a smaller number of NLACRC consumers.
AB 598 (Bloom) - Hearing aids: minors
In California, health insurance plans and policies are not required to cover hearing aids for children. As a result, most families on privately funded plans do not have coverage and are forced to either forego hearing aids for their child or pay the steep costs out- of-pocket. NLA Board Position: Support 5/8/2019 ARCA Position: Support if amended 10/07/2019 Status: Withdrawn from engrossing and enrolling and may move forward as a 2-year bill
AB 1844 (Chu and Gonzalez) - Paid Sick Leave Behavioral Health Conditions
This bill would expand the prescribed purposes of paid sick leave provisions to employees to include diagnosis, care, or treatment of an existing behavioral health condition of, or preventive care for, an employee or an employee’s family member. The bill would provide legislative findings in support of these provisions. NLA Board Position: No Position ARCA Position: No Position 1/17/2020 Status: Referred to Committee on Labor and Employment.
AB 1856 (Frazier) - Pupils with Exceptional Needs: Individualized Education Programs: Emergency Safety Procedures
This bill would require the IEP for a pupil with exceptional needs to include a description of the procedures in place to ensure the pupil’s safety in an emergency, including any necessary accommodations and require the local educational agency to create and maintain an IEP that would include the safety procedures for any pupil whose parent provides written consent in compliance with federal law. NLA Board Position: No Position ARCA Position: No Position 1/17/2020 Status: In the Assembly committee on Education and set for hearing on March 18, 2020 at 1:30 pm
AB 1914 (O’Donnell) - Special Education: Inclusive Education
This bill would establish the Supporting Inclusive Practices project and include the goal of increasing opportunities for pupils with disabilities to meaningfully participate in general education. The bill would require a grant-receiving local educational agency to provide the department with a report to the superintendent of Public Instruction on or before June 30 of each year until all funds have been expended, and require the project to provide technical assistance to develop and share information and guidance on building state and local capacity to establish and sustain inclusive education practices. The department and the Commission on Teacher Credentialing would be required to develop and disperse information on joint guidance clarifying the ways inclusive classrooms and placements are staffed under current law and require a report to the Legislature with recommended changes to eliminate barriers in staffing inclusive placements. NLA Board Position: No Position ARCA Position: No Position 2/18/2020 Status: In the Assembly Committee on Education and set for hearing on March 18, 2020 at 1:30 pm
SB 217 (Portantino) - Special education: individuals with exceptional needs: early education programs.
This bill would require, for the 2019–20 school year and each school year thereafter, a school district or charter school to admit a child to a transitional kindergarten program who will have their 5th birthday after December 2 but during that same school year if the child is an individual with exceptional needs, subject to specified conditions. NLA Board Position: Support 5/8/2019 ARCA Position: Support 10/07/2019 Status: Referred to Assembly Committee on Education – 2-year bill
DEAD BILLS 2019
AB 236 (Garcia) - Family Empowerment Centers on Disability: funding for continued operations This bill would revise and recast provisions related to Family Empowerment Centers on Disability, requiring priority to the 32 regions in the state that do not have a center and increasing the base rate for each center awarded a grant from $150K to $237K and increase the base for the council from $150K to $237K. Additional requirements for the centers will be mandated on how to define and report data.The bill amends Section 56400 to offer both parents and families of children and young adults with disabilities access to accurate information, specialized training, and peer-to-peer support in their communities. NLA Board Position: Support 5/8/2019 ARCA Position: Support 10/07/2019 Status: In Senate Appropriations – held under submission as of 8/30/2019
AB 261 (Mathis) - Restoration of suspended services - social recreation This bill would repeal the suspension of the Regional Center’s authority to purchase camping services and associated travel expenses, or social recreation activities. NLA Board Position: Support 5/8/2019 ARCA Position: Support 10/07/2019 Status: Died in Assembly Appropriations, held under submission as of 5/16/2019
AB 311 (Frazier) - Regional centers: billing: daily rates
This bill repeals provisions relating to half day billing for activity centers, adult development centers, behavior management programs, and other look-alike programs.This bill would appeal provisions relating to daily rate billing currently required of activity centers, adult development centers, behavior management programs, and other look-alike day programs with a daily rate to bill regional centers for services provided to consumers in terms of half and full days of service. NLA Board Position: Support 5/8/2019 ARCA Position: Support 10/07/2019 Status: Died in Assembly Appropriations, held under submission as of 5/16/2019
AB 316 (Ramos) - Medi-Cal benefits: beneficiaries with special dental care needs This bill requires the State Department of Healthcare Services which manages Medi-Cal to implement a special needs treatment and management benefit that provides Medi-Cal beneficiaries with special dental care needs 4 visits to a Medi-Cal dental program in a 12-month period. This bill would also require the Medi-Cal dental program provider to document specified information, including the need for additional time to treat the beneficiary with special dental care needs for purposes of reimbursement. NLA Board Position: Support 5/8/2019 ARCA Position: Support 10/07/2019 Status: Died in Assembly Appropriations, held under submission as of 5/16/2019
SB 412 (Stone) – Developmental Services Fees Repeals the Family Cost Participation Program and Annual Family Program Fee. Existing law establishes the Family Cost Participation Program, which requires the department to develop a sliding scale for families with an annual gross income of not less than 400% of the federal poverty guideline, as specified, to be used by regional centers to assess the parents’ cost participation for providing respite, daycare, and camping services to their children under 18 years of age who have developmental disabilities and who are not eligible for Medi-Cal, among other eligibility criteria. Existing law also requires a regional center to assess an annual family program fee, as specified, from parents whose adjusted gross family income is at or above 400% of the federal poverty level and who have a child meeting prescribed requirement, including receiving specified services from a regional center. This bill would repeal those provisions relating to regional center fees. The bill would make technical, conforming changes and other nonsubstantive changes. NLA Board Position: Support ARCA Position: ARCA Sponsored Bill 10/07/2019 Status: In Assembly Appropriations held under submission as of 8/30/2019
AB 416 (Fong) - ABLE tax deductions CalABLE contributions This bill would allow for deduction in computing adjusted gross income in an amount equal to the amount contributed by a taxpayer during the taxable year to a CalABLE account, beginning on or after January 1, 2020, and before January 1, 2025. This bill would take effect immediately as a tax levy. NLA Board Position: Support 5/8/2019 ARCA Position: Support 10/07/2019 Status: Died in Assembly Appropriations, held under submission as of 5/16/2019
AB 438 (Frazier) - Uniform Furlough Schedule
Repeals the statutory furlough days and allows providers to be compensated for providing services on 11 of those holidays. This bill would appeal existing prohibition of regional center compensating designated programs and transportation vendor services for providing any service to a consumer on 11 specified holidays, including July 4, Thanksgiving Day, and the 4 business days between December 25 and January 1. NLA Board Position: Support 5/8/2019 ARCA Position: Support Update 5/2019 – Funding included in the Governor’s Budget to suspend the furlough schedule for 2 years 10/07/2019 Status: Died in Assembly Appropriations, held under submission as of 5/16/2019
AB 536 (Frazier) - Developmental services
This bill modifies the definition to mean a disability that originates before an individual attains 22 years of age, continues, or can be expected to continue, indefinitely, and constitutes a substantial disability for the individual. This is the same bill as SB 283 (Wilk) from 2017/2018 and Wilk is co-authoring this bill. ARCA stated concerns including funding the development of new services by ending median rates and the prohibition on start-up funding. NLA Board Position: Support if amended 5/8/2019 ARCA Position: Support if amended 10/07/2019 Status: Died in Assembly Appropriations, held under submission as of 5/16/2019
AB 850 (Lackey) - Social worker loan repayment program
This bill would establish the California Social Worker Student Loan Repayment Program in the OSHPD to provide loan repayment awards to individuals who have completed a bachelor’s or master’s degree in social work and have received student loans associated with that degree, and are in the 3rd year of employment as a child welfare social worker. NLA Board Position: Support ARCA Position: No Position 2/3/2020 Status: Died in Assembly Appropriations