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Assembly Human Services Committee Examines Presumptive Transfer Impacts

February 28, 2019

Recently the Assembly Human Services Committee, chaired by Assembly member Eloise Gómez Reyes, convened an informational hearing on the Assembly Bill 1299 (Chapter 603, Statutes of 2016) implementation efforts. Over the past four years, the Administration, Legislature, and stakeholders have enacted legislation and program changes to improve foster youth outcomes, such as, AB 403 (Chapter 773, Statutes of 2015 ) the Continuum of Care Reform (CCR) and AB 1299 “Presumptive Transfer.”

The AB 1299 provision was signed in 2016, after a nearly two-year legislative process with the Department of Health Care Services (DHCS), the Department of Social Services (DSS), the California Alliance for Child and Family Services, county affiliates, and other stakeholders, to ensure all foster children receive timely behavioral health services when placed in a county other than the one in which they lived.

The committee heard from panelist who explained some of the continued AB 1299 implementation challenges. Some challenges discussed were the complexity of contracts and forms across county jurisdictions, communication across counties, agencies and providers, the lack of providers, and fiscal complexities. Ultimately, the panelist emphasized the need for child specific services, and the willingness to continue working for the best outcomes for foster youth. As committee members assured stakeholders of their interest in providing continued support to alleviate AB 1299 implementation concerns, counties stand ready to actively engage in the process.   

*For recent AB 1299 implementation materials please view, Fostering Cooperation for Out-of-County Kids – Implementing AB 1299, presented by CSAC, County Welfare Directors Association of California, County Behavioral Health Directors Association, and Chief Probation Officers of California.

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