Existing law establishes the State Department of Social Services in the Health and Welfare Agency and sets forth its powers and duties relating to the administration of various programs relating to public social services. This bill would enact the Community Response Initiative to Strengthen Emergency Systems Act, or the C.R.I.S.E.S. Act, for purposes of creating, implementing, and evaluating the C.R.I.S.E.S. Grant Pilot Program, which the act would establish. The bill would require the department to administer the program if appropriate funding is made available to the department. The bill would require the department to award grants to qualified grantees, which include city, county, and tribal departments of social services, disability services, health services, public health, or behavioral health, based on grant eligibility criteria developed in partnership with a stakeholder workgroup. This bill would require each grantee to receive a minimum award of $250,000 per year under the program. The bill would require a grantee to award at least 90% of grant funds received to one or more qualifying community-based organizations, as defined. The bill would require funds awarded under the program to be utilized to create and strengthen community-based alternatives to law enforcement to lessen the reliance on law enforcement agencies as first responders to crisis situations unrelated to a fire department or emergency medical service response. This bill would require a grantee to report at least annually to the department on the use of funding awarded under the program. The bill would require the department to convene a stakeholder workgroup consisting of specified individuals to make recommendations to the department regarding the implementation of the program, as specified. This bill would establish the Community Response Initiative to Strengthen Emergency Systems Program Fund within the State Treasury, and would provide that, upon appropriation by the Legislature, the moneys may be expended by the department for purposes of the program. The bill would prohibit the department from expending more than 5% of appropriated funds on administrative costs, as specified. The bill would require the department to award all grants by January 1, 2023. This bill would authorize the department to implement, interpret, or make specific the provisions of the program without taking regulatory action, as specified. The bill would grant immunity to the state from liability resulting from the activities of a grantee or community-based organization under the program. This bill would repeal these provisions on June 30, 2026.
Chaptered by Secretary of State - Chapter 694, Statutes of 2021.
Approved by the Governor.
Enrolled and presented to the Governor at 5 p.m.
Senate amendments concurred in. To Engrossing and Enrolling. (Ayes 76. Noes 0. Page 2919.).
Assembly Rule 77 suspended. (Ayes 57. Noes 14. Page 2703.)
Read third time. Passed. Ordered to the Assembly. (Ayes 34. Noes 4. Page 2297.).
In Assembly. Concurrence in Senate amendments pending. May be considered on or after September 3 pursuant to Assembly Rule 77.
Read second time. Ordered to third reading.
From committee: Amend, and do pass as amended. (Ayes 6. Noes 0.) (August 26).
Read second time and amended. Ordered returned to second reading.
In Senate. Read first time. To Com. on RLS. for assignment.
Read third time. Passed. Ordered to the Senate. (Ayes 75. Noes 0. Page 1624.)
Read second time. Ordered to third reading.
From committee: Do pass. (Ayes 15. Noes 0.) (May 20).
Read first time.
From printer. May be heard in committee January 18.
Introduced. To print.
|Bill Text Versions||Format|
|12/18/20 - Introduced|
|08/26/21 - Amended Senate|
|09/10/21 - Enrolled|
|10/08/21 - Chaptered|
|04/01/21- Assembly Emergency Management|
|04/19/21- Assembly Appropriations|
|05/26/21- ASSEMBLY FLOOR ANALYSIS|
|07/02/21- Senate Governmental Organization|
|07/05/21- Senate Governmental Organization|
|07/13/21- Senate Appropriations|
|08/26/21- Senate Appropriations|
|08/31/21- Sen. Floor Analyses|
|09/01/21- ASSEMBLY FLOOR ANALYSIS|
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