Human Services Agency
February 4, 2009
BOARD MEETING DATE:
March 3, 2009
Honorable Board of Supervisors
Beverly B. Johnson, J.D. Director, Human Services Agency
Deborah Torres, Director, Prevention and Early Intervention
Children’s Collaborative Action Team (CCAT)
Adopt a Resolution:
Re-appointing the CCAT as the designated Child Abuse Prevention Coordinating Council and as the designated AB 2994 Child Abuse Trust Fund Commission for distribution of child abuse prevention funds for the term July 1, 2008 through June 30, 2011.
Commitment: Ensure basic health and safety for all.
Goal 6: All children grow up healthy in safe and supportive homes and neighborhoods.
This Resolution supports this goal because CCAT will coordinate community programs and activities to help prevent child abuse and neglect and help keep the community aware of resources and services available for prevention and early intervention.
In 1985, the California legislature passed AB 2994, which created the California State Children’s Trust Fund. These funds are designated to promote programs which help and support families in which children are at risk for child abuse or neglect. This legislation allows the County Board of Supervisors to designate a local voluntary commission, board, or council to carry out duties primarily related to services for children, with a focus on child abuse/neglect prevention and intervention activities. The fund consists of birth certificate fees collected pursuant to Health and Safety Code Section 103625, grants, gifts and bequests from private sources.
In 1989, the California legislature created the Child Abuse Prevention Coordinating Council Act. According to this legislation, a Child Abuse Prevention Coordinating Council is a community council whose primary purpose is to coordinate the community’s efforts to prevent and respond to child abuse. A council funded under this legislation should encourage representation from public child welfare services, probation departments, criminal justice systems, office of the District Attorney, medical and mental health services, community-based social services and community volunteer organizations.
On July 26, 2005, the Board of Supervisors adopted Resolution Number 067470 which designated CCAT as the San Mateo County’s Child Abuse Prevention Coordinating Council and as the AB 2994 Child Abuse Trust Fund Commission for the distribution of child abuse prevention funds.
It is in the best interest for the County to re-appoint CCAT as the Child Abuse Prevention Coordinating Council as well as the AB 2994 Child Abuse Trust Fund Commission for distribution of child abuse prevention funds. CCAT provides strong leadership in the prevention of child abuse by advocating, coordinating resources and raising community awareness through education and training. Additionally,
CCAT has maintained its focus in providing a forum for service providers to share information, as well as a place to evaluate and support new initiatives, and has continued its coordination of services at the delivery level.
There is no fiscal impact resulting from the above-referenced recommendations.