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          Date of Hearing:  August 3, 2016


                        ASSEMBLY COMMITTEE ON APPROPRIATIONS


                               Lorena Gonzalez, Chair


          SB 1404  
          (Leno) - As Amended August 1, 2016


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          Urgency:  No  State Mandated Local Program:  NoReimbursable:  No


          SUMMARY:


          This bill requires the Victims Compensation Board (VCB) to use a  
          specified evidence-based Integrated Trauma Recovery Services  
          (ITRS) model, developed by the Trauma Recovery Center (TRC) at  
          the San Francisco General Hospital, University of California San  
          Francisco (UCSF), (recognized as the State Pilot TRC) when  
          giving a grant to a TRC.  This bill also specifies core elements  
          that the ITRS model must include.  









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          FISCAL EFFECT:


          1)Annual costs of $145,000 (Special Fund/General Fund) to VCB to  
            review and evaluate TRC grant applications, secure an  
            evaluation contractor (potentially UC) and submit annual  
            reports to the Legislature.  Administrative costs payable from  
            the SNS Fund would be limited to five percent of the SNS Funds  
            received annually, the difference will be a General Fund  
            pressure.

          2)The additional core elements required to be met by new TRCs  
            could result in costs pressures in the hundreds of thousands  
            of dollars to the Victim Restitution Fund (VRF) and  
            Proposition 47 funds by requiring a higher level of service of  
            TRC grantees.





          3)Earmarks up to $500,000 per year (from the existing  
            Restitution Fund appropriation), for a technical assistance  
            provider (UC the first two years) to provide training  
            materials and ongoing consultation to the VCB and TRCs to  
            enable grantees to replicate the evidence-based approach.



          4)The 2016-17 Budget includes approximately $4 million in  
            Proposition 47 funds and $2 million from the Restitution Fund,  
            of which approximately $5.5 million will be available for  
            TRCs.
          


          COMMENTS:









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          1)Purpose.  According to the author, this bill creates clear  
            guidelines for the provision of TRC services administered by  
            the VCB, and that by setting clear guidelines and bolstering  
            training for new trauma recovery centers, this bill will  
            ensure that victims of crime in California receive the  
            comprehensive and timely services they need in order to heal,  
            and to avoid negative economic consequences for themselves and  
            their communities.  



          2)Background.  Current law requires the VCB to administer a  
            program to evaluate applications and award grants to trauma  
            recovery centers (TRCs), and states the intent of the  
            Legislature to provide an annual appropriation of $2 million  
            for these grants.


            TRCs directly assist victims in coping with a traumatic event  
            (such as by providing mental health care and substance use  
            treatment).  For example, victims may receive weekly  
            counseling sessions with a licensed mental health professional  
            at a TRC for a specified amount of time.  The centers also  
            sometimes help victims connect with other services provided in  
            their community and by the state.  While some of the TRCs  
            existed before receiving grants from VCB, the board first  
            began funding TRCs in 2001 with a grant to the San Francisco  
            TRC.  Since then, three other TRCs have also received state  
            funding-one in Long Beach and two in Los Angeles.  For  
            2016-17, VCB will provide approximately $4.5 million to six  
            TRCs located in San Francisco, Long Beach, San Joaquin and  
            Solano Counties, and two in Los Angeles.





          3)Proposition 47 (2014).  Current law establishes the SNS Fund  








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            for carrying out the purposes of Proposition 47 (the Safe  
            Neighborhoods and Schools Act), and requires that by August 15  
            of each fiscal year, the State Controller disburse moneys  
            deposited into the SNS Fund as follows: 25% to the Department  
            of Education to improve outcomes for pupils by reducing  
            truancy and supporting students who are at risk of dropping  
            out or are victims of crime; 10% to the VCB to make grants to  
            TRCs to provide services to victims of crime; and, 65% to the  
            Board of State and Community Corrections, to administer a  
            grant program to public agencies. 


          4)Support. Californians for Safety and Justice (CFSJ) are the  
            sponsors of this bill and state, "the TRC model, pioneered in  
            San Francisco in 2001, provides a comprehensive, flexible  
            approach that integrates three modes of service:  assertive  
            outreach, clinical case management, and evidence-based  
            trauma-focused therapies."








          Analysis Prepared by:Pedro R. Reyes / APPR. / (916)  
          319-2081



















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