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Senate of Pennsylvania
Session of 2015 - 2016 Regular Session


Posted: December 5, 2014 04:42 PM
From: Senator Judith L. Schwank
To: All Senate members
Subject: Auditor General Access to Children's Protective Services information

I will shortly re-introduce SB 338 from the previous session, authorizing access by the Auditor General to child abuse records in order to facilitate external oversight of child protective services.

The state Child Protective Services Law (CPSL) provides confidentiality for child abuse case information by prohibiting its disclosure outside of a limited category of identified individuals and officials that includes child protection agency personnel, law enforcement authorities and court officials, physicians and federal auditors. Despite significant improvements to the law by changes during the past session , and despite having the same responsibility for ensuring the appropriate utilization of public funding as federal auditors have, state auditors remain excluded from access to this information. I believe access by state auditors would improve the accountability and response of officials in such cases.
Co-sponsors in the previous session included Senators Williams, Teplitz, Farnese, Washington, Tartaglione, Yudichak, Browne, Hughes, Fontana, Wozniak, Coast, Boscola and Brewster.

Introduced as SB204