Bill Summary for S 693 (2021)

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Aug 18 2021

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Senate Bill 693 (Public) Filed Wednesday, April 7, 2021
AN ACT TO AMEND VARIOUS ABUSE, NEGLECT, AND DEPENDENCY LAWS TO ENSURE THE SAFETY OF CHILDREN IN OUT-OF-HOME PLACEMENTS AND EXPEDITE PERMANENCY PLANNING HEARINGS FOR CHILDREN WHO HAVE BEEN REMOVED FROM THE HOME; TO CLARIFY THE NONCARETAKER DEFINITION FOR THE RESPONSIBLE INDIVIDUALS LIST; TO REQUIRE THE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES, DIVISION OF SOCIAL SERVICES, TO DEVELOP A PLAN TO IMPLEMENT A CENTRALIZED HOTLINE FOR CHILD WELFARE INTAKE; TO DEVELOP A PLAN TO INCREASE APPROPRIATE TREATMENT AND RESIDENTIAL SETTINGS; AND TO PROVIDE SAFE AND APPROPRIATE PLACEMENT FOR CHILDREN IN NEED OF MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES.
Intro. by Jarvis, Krawiec, Edwards.

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House amendments to the 4th edition makes the following changes.

Part I.

Amendment #2 revises the provisions of new GS 7B-302(a3), which allows legislators and NCGA joint oversight committees to request access to confidential information and records maintained pursuant to Article 3 (governing the screening of abuse and neglect complaints) by the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) or county departments of social services (dss), as follows. Previously, required DHHS to share confidential information and make the records concerning the child protective services case available to the requesting member or committee for review. Now requires DHHS to make the confidential information and records available for inspection and examination at the county department of social services upon receipt of a request from an individual legislator, and to assist the dss director with sharing the confidential information and records with the requesting joint legislative oversight committee in a closed session in accordance with state law. Eliminates the explicit prohibition against a legislator or joint legislative oversight committee receiving copies of any part of the information and records reviewed pursuant to a request under the new subsection. 

Amendment #1 revises new subsection (k1) of GS 7B-906.1 regarding review and permanency planning hearings to now prohibit the court from waiving or refusing to conduct a review hearing if a party files a motion seeking the review hearing and alleges a significant fact (previously, did not require the motion to allege a significant fact in order for the prohibition to be effective).

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