Substance-Exposed Newborns Protection Plans (NEW).

View NCGA Bill Details2015-2016 Session
Senate Bill 598 (Public) Filed Thursday, March 26, 2015
AN ACT TO REQUIRE THE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES TO ADOPT RULES ADDRESSING SUBSTANCE EXPOSED NEWBORN CHILD PROTECTIVE SERVICES CASES.
Intro. by D. Davis, Pate, B. Jackson.

Status: Re-ref Com On Children, Youth, and Families (House Action) (Jul 16 2015)

SOG comments (1):

Long title change

The committee substitute to the 1st edition changes the act's long title. The original long title was: AN ACT TO REQUIRE THE USE OF DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES, DIVISION OF SOCIAL SERVICES, POLICIES REGARDING APPROACHES TO ADDRESSING THE REPORTING OF SUBSTANCE-EXPOSED NEWBORNS.

S 598

Bill Summaries:

  • Summary date: Apr 27 2015 - More information

    Senate committee substitute makes the following changes to the 1st edition. Makes clarifying changes to new GS 7B-300A. Deletes the use of the term, "special population."

    Directs county departments of social services to follow rules adopted by the Department of Health and Human Services (was, use the policies developed from time to time by the Department of Health and Human Services, Division of Social Services) regarding the development of protection plans for substance-exposed newborns. Also directs county departments of social services to use structured decision-making tools and family services agreement pursuant to rules adopted by the Department of Health and Human Services, to ensure the well-being of the newborn and a safe living environment for the newborn.

    Directs the Department of Health and Human Services to adopt rules to implement this act.

    Amends the long and short title of this act.


  • Summary date: Mar 30 2015 - More information

    Enacts new GS 7B-300A, Reporting of substance-exposed newborns, requiring county departments of social services to use policies developed by the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) concerning the development of protection plans for substance-exposed newborns and the conduct of child protective services assessments of those newborns, including the need for an assessment. Sets out other regulations and decision-making regarding the care, development, and well-being of substance-exposed newborns, considered to be a special population as defined in the proposed provisions. Sets out five issues regarding the newborns that the departments of social services should be concerned with, including the need for medical care appointments and the parent's participation in substance abuse treatment.


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