Report 2016-126 Recommendation Responses

Report 2016-126: California Department of Social Services: Its Caregiver Background Check Bureau Lacks Criminal History Information It Needs to Protect Vulnerable Populations in Licensed Care Facilities (Release Date: March 2017)

Recommendation for Legislative Action

To ensure that Social Services receives all necessary information for making exemption decisions, the Legislature should amend state law to require Justice to send Social Services all available sentencing information for all convictions. Additionally, the Legislature should amend state law to require Justice to send juvenile criminal history information related to serious and violent felony offenses as well as any other juvenile criminal history that Social Services identifies as valuable to its exemption reviews.

Description of Legislative Action

Assembly Bill 2461 (Flora), was introduced on February 14, 2018, and would require Justice to provide subsequent state or federal arrest notification to an entity authorized by state or federal law to receive state or federal summary criminal history information to assist in fulfilling employment, licensing, or the duties of approving relative caregivers upon the arrest of a person whose fingerprints are on file at Justice or the Federal Bureau of Investigation as the result of an application for licensing or employment.

  • Legislative Action Current As-of: March 2018

California State Auditor's Assessment of 1-Year Status: Legislation Introduced


Description of Legislative Action

Senate Bill 420 (Monning, Chapter 333, Statutes of 2017) includes sentencing information in the state summary criminal history record and requires that information to be provided whenever the information is to be used for employment, licensing, or certification purposes.

  • Legislative Action Current As-of: December 2017

California State Auditor's Assessment of 6-Month Status: Partially Implemented


All Recommendations in 2016-126