AB 210 (Santiago) would authorize counties to establish a homeless adult, child, and family multidisciplinary personnel team. These teams would aim to facilitate the expedited identification, assessment, and linkage of homeless individuals to housing and supportive services within that county, and would allow provider agencies to share confidential information for the purpose of coordinating housing and supportive services to ensure continuity of care.
AAP Positional Letter
February 28, 2017
The Honorable Miguel Santiago
P.O. Box 942849
Sacramento, CA 94249-0053
Fax: (916) 319-2153
RE: AB 210 (Santiago): Homeless multidisciplinary personnel teams
AAP-CA Position: Support
Dear Assemblymember Santiago:
I am writing on behalf of the American Academy of Pediatrics, California (AAP-CA), representing over 5,000 California pediatricians, to let you know that we strongly support your proposed legislation AB 210 (Santiago). This bill would authorize counties to establish a homeless adult, child, and family multidisciplinary personnel team, to link homeless Californians to housing and supportive services.
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development estimated in 2016 that nearly 120,000 homeless people lived in California in 2016, including over 20,000 members of families with children and over 11,000 unaccompanied youth—this last number representing a third of the nation’s total number of homeless unaccompanied youth, of whom over 800 were estimated to be below the age of 18. It goes without saying that homelessness is dangerous and highly stressful, and more so for families and children, whose health and well-being are often severely affected even after the period of homelessness concludes. It is incumbent on us to do all we can to end homelessness in California, especially for the youngest and most vulnerable among us.
AB 210 (Santiago) would stand to reduce homelessness in California by forming a multidisciplinary personnel team to link homeless individuals with the resources they need to escape homelessness. This could help Californians across the state who would benefit immensely from a life off the streets—including thousands of children and youth who are in urgent need of a roof to sleep under.
Pediatricians across the state support AB 210 (Santiago). We thank you for your leadership on behalf of the health and well-being of children, youth, and families in California.
Nancy Graff, M.D., Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics
State Government Affairs Committee, American Academy of Pediatrics, California
CC: Kris Calvin, CEO; AAP-CA Leadership; Lydia Bourne