8601.1. (a) The Community Response Initiative to Strengthen Emergency Systems Act or the C.R.I.S.E.S. Act is hereby established, as a three-year program, for the purposes of creating, implementing, and evaluating the C.R.I.S.E.S. Grant Pilot Program in accordance with this article.
(b) For purposes of this article the following definitions apply:
(1) “Committee” means the C.R.I.S.E.S. Committee, as described in Section 8601.2.
(2) “Community organization” means a public or private nonprofit organization, or organization fiscally sponsored by a nonprofit, of demonstrated effectiveness that is representative of significant
segments of a community and provides educational, direct, or related services to individuals in the community.
(3) “Director” means the Director of Emergency Services.
(4) “Fund” means the Community Response Initiative to Strengthen Emergency Systems Program Fund.
(5) “Law enforcement agency” means any police department, sheriff’s department, district attorney, county probation department, transit agency police department, school district police department, highway patrol, the police department of any campus of the University of California, the California State University, or a community college, the Department of the California Highway Patrol, and the Department of Justice.
enforcement officer” means an officer, deputy, employee, or agent of a law enforcement agency.
(7) “Office” means the Office of Emergency Services.
(8) “Program” means the C.R.I.S.E.S. Grant Pilot Program established by this article.
(c) The C.R.I.S.E.S. Grant Pilot Program is hereby established. The office shall establish rules and regulations for the program with the goal of making grants to community organizations. Grantees shall receive a minimum award of two hundred fifty thousand dollars ($250,000) per year. The program shall create and strengthen community-based alternatives to law enforcement in response to crisis situations not related to a fire department or emergency medical service response in communities where there is a history and pattern
of racial profiling, law enforcement violence, gaps in law enforcement service, or where vulnerable populations live, including people of color, elderly people, people with disabilities, people who are gender nonconforming, people who are likely to face disproportionate police contact, people who are formerly incarcerated, people with immigration status issues, people who are unhoused, people facing mental health crises, people involved in intimate partner violence, vulnerable youth, people likely to be engaged in community violence, people challenged by substance abuse, and people living in areas that are environmentally insecure with vulnerable populations and subject to natural or climate disasters or public health emergencies.
(d) A community organization receiving assistance pursuant to the program shall use the grant to stimulate and support involvement in emergency response activities that do not require a law enforcement officer. Those
activities include, but are not limited to, all of the following:
(1) Project planning and community engagement.
(2) Project implementation.
(3) Staffing, subject to the requirement that grantees adhere to all applicable laws relating to scope of practice, licensure, and certification.
(4) Facilities, subject to the requirement that the facility is to be utilized by the grantee, which may extend beyond the term of the program.
(5) Operational costs, including, but not limited to, startup or expansion, marketing, language translation, and transportation costs.
(6) Consulting services.
(8) Program and project evaluation, including, but not limited to, evaluation of program and project efficacy, staff performance, and service delivery.
(e) The director shall assemble staff, resources, and, if necessary, engage consultants with technical expertise, to carry out all of the following duties and responsibilities:
(1) Following appointment of the committee, provide organizing, staffing, and facilitation support, including, but not limited to, outreach and engagement, cooperatively creating meeting agendas, providing recordkeeping and facilitation support, reimbursements for travel and participation in committee meetings and activities, and detailed information on rules, regulations, and relevant deadlines.
(2) With the guidance of the committee, develop the program, with grants to be issued no later than January 1, 2023.
(3) Provide technical assistance to prospective applicants, solicit and review all grant proposals, and support the committee’s review and scoring of proposals, as well as preparing proposals for final approval by the committee.
(4) Publish and maintain an internet website to report details relevant to the committee for the public to view, including, but not limited to, committee meeting agendas, minutes, vote counts, committee member information, photos, and videos.
(5) Consult with local emergency services personnel and community-based or grassroots organizations for input and potential approaches on issues related to emergency
(6) Assist the committee in carrying out its work and perform other duties as directed by the committee.
(f) (1) The office shall issue a public report, to be posted on its internet website six months following the end of the program, on the programmatic and fiscal savings associated with the program, key conclusions, populations served and the benefits conferred or realized, and resulting policy recommendations to provide guidance to the Legislature and Governor in fully implementing and scaling a permanent program.
(2) The report required by this subdivision shall be submitted in compliance with Section 9795.
8601.2. (a) The office shall support an 11-member C.R.I.S.E.S. Committee, selected pursuant to subdivision (b), that shall be inclusive of community organizations with a proven history of leadership and partnership on emergency response, for the three-year period of the program.
(b) The committee shall be selected by the Governor, Chair of the Senate Committee on Rules, and Speaker of the Assembly as described in this subdivision. Racial, gender, and ethnic diversity, and representation of communities described in subdivision (c) of Section 8601.1, shall be considered for all appointments. The members shall serve at the pleasure of the appointing entities.
(1) The Governor shall select
all of the following members:
(A) An emergency medical system professional.
(B) A survivor of an emergency or crisis.
(C) A representative from a community organization providing direct services to vulnerable populations.
(D) A public health professional.
(E) A representative of an advocacy or community organizing group serving vulnerable communities.
(2) The Chair of the Senate Committee on Rules shall select all of the following members:
(A) A survivor of an emergency or crisis.
representative from a community organization.
(C) A representative of an advocacy or community organizing group serving vulnerable communities.
(3) The Speaker of the Assembly shall select all of the following members:
(A) A survivor of an emergency or crisis.
(B) A representative from a community organization providing direct services to vulnerable populations.
(C) A public health professional.
(c) (1) The committee shall establish grant application criteria and parameters for eligible community organizations, review and decide upon grant proposals, ensure grants are adhering to standards, and monitor
progress, conclusions, and challenges. The committee shall make recommendations to the office on program development, implementation, and oversight on an ongoing basis. Scoring of grant proposals shall prioritize, and give preference to, projects in locations with a demonstrated need, as evidenced by metrics such as a high record of police use of force, a high volume of civilian complaints, and racial profiling, and community organizations that have a history of serving the populations described in subdivision (c) of Section 8601.1.
(2) After an initial meeting, the committee shall meet a minimum of once per quarter. A majority of the appointed committee shall constitute a quorum. Committee meetings shall be held in accordance with the Bagley-Keene Open Meeting Act (Article 9 (commencing with Section 11120) of Chapter 1 of Part 1 of Division 3).