AN ACT TO PROHIBIT COUNTY DEPARTMENTS OF SOCIAL SERVICES FROM IMPLEMENTING CHILD PROTECTIVE SERVICES INTAKE SCREENING CRITERIA THAT IS MORE STRINGENT OR LENIENT THAN, OR IN ADDITION TO, STATE POLICY AND TO DIRECT THE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES TO MAKE VARIOUS POLICY CHANGES AS A MEANS TO IMPROVE THE CHILD PROTECTIVE SERVICES INTAKE SCREENING PROCESS, AS RECOMMENDED BY THE JOINT LEGISLATIVE PROGRAM EVALUATION OVERSIGHT COMMITTEE.
House committee substitute makes the following changes to the 1st edition.
Amends proposed GS 7B-300.1 to additionally prohibit county departments of social services from supplementing child protective services intake screening criteria with county policy that is more lenient than State policy (previously, only prohibited county policy more stringent or in addition to State policy).
Regarding the directive for the Department of Health and Human Services to implement a rapid consultation system for counties to make child safety decisions, now requires the system to consist of a phone line that a county Director or their designee (was, county worker or supervisor) can access at any time when the county has concerns (was, when the county worker or supervisor has concerns) relating to the correct screening decision, assessment track, or applicable response time frame for a specific case.
Now requires the Division of Social Services (DSS) to require retraining for all child welfare workers every three years, including supervisors and other workers who occasionally screen child maltreatment reports (previously, authorized the Division to require training when necessary). Adds a new mandate of DSS to require all child welfare supervisors to pass a competency pass/fail test prior to providing screening decisions or On Call duties. Makes conforming changes to no longer direct DSS to increase the frequency of intake training, develop an intermediate intake screening course, and require county workers and supervisors to complete intake screening training at least every three years. Maintains the requirements for DSS to implement the assessment and training requirements by December 31, 2020, and submit a report on its use of the requirements to the specified NCGA committee by June 30, 2021.
Changes the act's long title.
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