Bill Summary for S 598 (2015-2016)

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Mar 30 2015

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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.

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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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