Laws & Policy

We implement policy advocacy at the federal, state, and local levels. Our work includes policy development, lobbying, coalition building, and community organizing.

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Oversight of County Mental Health Services for Foster Youth (2016)

SB 1291 (Beall)

This bill strengthed the oversight and accountability of the full range of mental health service delivery, from prevention through crisis, for foster youth.

Reproductive Choice and Parental Notification

The California Confidential Health Information Act of 2012 (SB 138)

Allows young people to better be able to take ownership over their own bodies and reproductive decisions.

The Public Safety and Rehabilitation Act of 2016

Proposition 57

End prosecutors' ability to charge youth as adults without a transfer hearing.

Prescriber Oversight Legislation (2016)

SB 1174 (McGuire)

Enables investigations of physicians who frequently prescribe over the recognized safety parameters for children.

Decriminalization of Child Sex Trafficking Victims (2016)

SB 1322 (Mitchell)

With the passage of this law, California declared There's No Such Thing as a Child Prostitute.

Training and Data Sharing for Public Agencies (2015)

SB 238 (Mitchell)

Creating oversight to ensure the appropriate prescription of psychotropic medications to youth in foster care.

Foster Youth Services (2015)

AB 854 (Weber)

Expands Foster Youth Services to more youth in care.

Monitoring Group Homes for Excessive Use of Psychotropic Medication (2015)

SB 484 (Beall)

Inadequate oversight in group homes encourages over-reliance on drugs to control traumatized children in foster care. This legislation establishes appropriate treatment protocols and oversight.

Oversight and Monitoring for Foster Children Prescribed Psychotropic Medications (2015)

SB 319 (Beall)

The legislation strengthens the role of public health nurses giving explicit responsibility for the oversight and monitoring of the administration of psychotropic drugs to foster children.