Each year DRC develops bill ideas to fix issues affecting people with disabilities. Based on priority, political climate and the approval of our Board of Directors, we decide which bills, if any, we will sponsor. Then we work to persuade the right legislator to take on the bill.
DRC is sponsoring the following bills.
AB 216 (Weber) – Pupil and Staff Safety Pilot Program
Establishes the Pupil and Staff Safety Pilot Program under the Scale Up MTSS Statewide (SUMS) project, in collaboration with the California Department of Education. The Program authorizes county offices of education to apply to the SUMS project for grants in order to train school staff on de-escalation techniques and alternatives to physical restraint and seclusion of pupils. AB 216 also requires Local Education Agency to maintain records of the training and requires the SUMS project to report the outcomes of the program.
AB 823 (Arambula) – Developmental Services
Expands the availability of crisis services by requiring a regional center: 1) to contract for mobile crisis services to assist consumers in remaining in, or returning to, the community; and 2) post the memorandum of understanding between the regional center and the county mental health agency on the regional center's internet website.
AB 1643 (E. Garcia) – Developmental Services: Regional Center Notices
Requires Regional Centers to send written notice to consumers if there is a change in services, irrespective of whether the regional center action was deemed to be made by mutual consent of the consumer. The written notice must be sent by mail, certified mail, or electronic mail, as determined by the recipient.
AB 2245 (Kalra) – Nursing Home Oversight
Increases long-term care facility citation penalties and clarifies the causation standard by adopting the “substantial factor” test for incidents resulting in the death of a patient in a skilled nursing facility. This is a revised version of AB 506 (Kalra) which was vetoed last year.
AB 2328 (C. Garcia) – LEAP Expansion
Extends the Limited Examination and Appointment Program (LEAP) by requiring the Department of Human Resources to establish guidelines for reasonable accommodation and to develop a model reasonable accommodation policy. The bill also requires the department to identify 10 state agencies or departments that have the lowest representation rate of persons with disabilities and requires them set new goals and timetables for hiring persons with disabilities. This is a revised version of AB 365 (C. Garcia) which was vetoed by the Governor last year.
SB 214 (Dodd) – Medi-Cal: California Community Transitions Program
Requires the State Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) to implement and administer the California Community Transitions program (CCT), as authorized under federal law and pursuant to the terms of the Money Follows the Person Rebalancing Demonstration.
SB 512 (Pan & Kalra) – Long Term Care and Supports
Establishes the California Long-Term Services and Supports (LTSS) Benefits Board to oversee a program to provide LTSS to eligible Californians. It would also establish the California LTSS Benefits Trust to manage and invest revenues made available to pay for LTSS for eligible older adults and persons with disabilities, mobility, sensory, intellectual/developmental, and mental health disabilities.
SB 849 (Portantino) – Pupil Attendance: Excused Absence: Mental or Behavioral
Provides that missed school days by a student due to mental or behavioral health needs shall constitute an excused absence.
SB 862 (Dodd) – Planned Power Outage: Public Safety
Includes a planned public safety power shut off (PSPS) event within the conditions constituting a state of emergency and a local emergency under the California Emergency Services Act. Additionally, it requires an electrical corporation, as part of its public safety mitigation protocols, to include protocols that deal specifically with access and functional need individuals, including those individuals who are enrolled in the Alternative Rates for Energy program.
SB 1016 (Wieckowski) – Supported Decision Making
Requires appointed counsel for a proposed limited conservatee to advocate for the expressed interests of the proposed limited conservatee. The bill also requires the court to inquire as to what alternatives to conservatorship have been tried and for how long, including the use of supported decision making.
SB 1062 (Durazo) – Prohibits the Payment of Sub Minimum Wage in Developmental Disability Facilities
Precludes the state from paying regional center client workers in any state developmental center less than the applicable state or local minimum wage, whichever is higher.
SB 1063 (Durazo) – Definition of Competitive Integrated Employment
Conforms the state law definition of competitive integrated employment with federal law.