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Senate of Pennsylvania
Session of 2013 - 2014 Regular Session


Posted: February 25, 2013 03:54 PM
From: Senator Bob Mensch
To: All Senate members
Subject: Improving the exchange of child abuse information among medical practitioners and county agencies (Corrected Memo)
I am introducing legislation to address a specific recommendation made by the Task Force on Child Protection established by Senate Resolution 250, not SR 20 as referred to in a previously circulated memo. My legislation will improve the exchange of child abuse information among medical practitioners and county children and youth agencies.

A licensed medical practitioner who reports child abuse or a child needing protective services must provide the following information to the county agency:
  1. Relevant medication information know to the medical practitioner regarding the child's prior and current health;
  2. Information from a subsequent examination;
  3. Information regarding the treatment of the child; and
  4. Relevant medication information regarding any other child in the child's household.

Parental consent is not required for the practitioner to provide this information.

At the request of a medical practitioner, the county agency must provide the following information:
  1. Information regarding the condition and well-being of the child and the progress and outcome of an investigation;
  2. Protective services records regarding the child and any other child in the household if the information relates to the medical evaluation of the child; and
  3. The identity of other licensed medical practitioners providing medical care to the child to obtain the child's medical records.

When an assessment, investigation or the provision of services is initiated by a county agency, that agency must notify the child's primary care provider and other licensed medical practitioner who is providing ongoing care to the child of the reason for the assessment, investigation or provision of protective services to the child and a service plan developed for the child and the child's family.

Introduced as SB27