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Senate of Pennsylvania
Session of 2013 - 2014 Regular Session


Posted: January 23, 2013 02:47 PM
From: Senator Patricia H. Vance
To: All Senate members
Subject: Memo #9 -Task Force on Child Protection Recommendation on Mandated Reporting of Certain Newborns
Please join me in sponsoring legislation which will implement a recommendation from the Task Force on Child Protection regarding newborns suffering from prenatal exposure to illegal substances.

This legislation will refine the current section 6386 of Title 23 dealing with the mandatory reporting by health care providers of newborns identified as being affected by an illegal substance. It also stipulates that upon notification, the County Children and Youth Agency is required to do a safety or risk assessment to determine whether the child is in need of general or child protective services. The legislation specifies time frames for contact with parents and the physical interaction with the child. In addition, it requires the agency to develop a safety plan and provide services if warranted.

Introduced as SB29