February 22, 2017: Increased protections for youths, expanded mental health services and encouraging children to thrive top Sen. Holly Mitchell’s 2017 agenda

February 22, 2017

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Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2017

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Increased protections for youths, expanded mental health services and encouraging children to thrive top Sen. Holly Mitchell’s 2017 agenda

SACRAMENTO – Proposed laws pushed by Sen. Holly J. Mitchell aim to provide greater protections for troubled youths, expand mental health services and help children and families thrive.

“These goals for the year reflect the values of the nearly 1 million Los Angeles-area residents of my district,” said Mitchell, D-Los Angeles, who represents the 30th Senate District. “As the newly appointed chair of the Senate Budget Committee I will be relentless in protecting our children from unreasonable budget cuts.”

Here, in bill-number order, are the top measures Mitchell hopes receive final passage prior to the Legislature’s scheduled adjournment Sept. 15:

Senate Bill 180 – Drug Sentence Enhancements  
This reform measure is a modest step toward enacting the bipartisan movement to end wasteful incarceration spending in favor of community reinvestment. Status: Awaiting an initial hearing by the Senate Committee on Public Safety.

SB 190 – Juvenile Fees 
This bill would end the harmful, unlawful and costly assessment and collection of administrative fees against families with youth in the juvenile justice system. Status: Awaiting an initial hearing by the Senate Committee on Public Safety.

SB 213 – Foster Care Expansion 
This would reduce unnecessary delays that are needlessly complex and inequitable in finding foster homes for children and expand placements by repealing redundant restrictions when a prospective caregiver’s criminal history is reviewed. Status: Awaiting an initial hearing by the Senate Committee on Human Services.

SB 323 – Community Clinics 
This bill would help community clinics more easily provide mental health and substance use disorder treatment services to our most vulnerable communities. Status: Awaiting assignment to a policy-review committee.

SB 355 – No Court Fees for the Innocent
This would provide that only those who are convicted of a crime are required to reimburse the courts for legal counsel fees. Status: Awaiting assignment to a policy-review committee.

SB 439 – Minimum Age Incarceration
This would exclude children age 11 and younger from juvenile court jurisdiction and would promote the rights, health and well-being of the child by curbing premature exposure to incarceration. Status: Awaiting assignment to a policy-review committee.