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S1240......................................................by STATE AFFAIRS CHILD PROTECTION - Amends existing law to provide requirements governing Department of Health and Welfare employees whose job duties are related to the Child Protective Services system. 04/05 Senate intro - 1st rdg - to printing Rpt prt - to St Aff Rpt out - rec d/p - to 2nd rdg Rls susp - PASSED - 27-7-1 AYES -- Brandt, Broadsword, Bunderson, Burtenshaw, Cameron, Coiner, Compton, Corder, Darrington, Davis, Fulcher(Fulcher), Gannon, Geddes, Goedde, Hill, Jorgenson, Keough, Little, Lodge, McGee, McKenzie, Pearce, Richardson, Schroeder, Stegner, Sweet, Williams NAYS -- Burkett, Kelly, Langhorst, Malepeai, Marley, Stennett, Werk Absent and excused -- Andreason Floor Sponsor - Pearce Title apvd - to House 04/06 House intro - 1st rdg - to 2nd rdg Rls susp - PASSED - 69-0-1 AYES -- Anderson, Andrus, Barraclough, Barrett, Bastian, Bayer, Bedke, Bell, Bilbao, Black, Block, Boe, Bolz, Bradford, Cannon, Chadderdon, Clark, Collins, Crow, Deal, Denney, Edmunson, Ellsworth(Ellsworth), Eskridge, Field(18), Field(23), Garrett, Hart, Harwood, Henbest, Henderson, Jaquet, Jones, Kemp, Lake, LeFavour, Loertscher, Martinez, Mathews, McGeachin, McKague, Miller, Mitchell, Moyle, Nielsen, Nonini, Pasley-Stuart, Pence, Raybould, Ring(Roberge), Ringo, Roberts, Rusche, Rydalch, Sali, Sayler(Callen), Schaefer, Shepherd(2), Shepherd(8), Shirley, Skippen, Smith(30), Smith(24), Smylie, Snodgrass, Stevenson, Wills, Wood, Mr. Speaker NAYS -- None Absent and excused -- Trail Floor Sponsor - McGeachin Title apvd - to Senate 04/06 To enrol - Rpt enrol - Pres signed 04/07 Sp signed - To Governor 04/11 Governor signed Session Law Chapter 332 Effective: 07/01/05
]]]] LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF IDAHO ]]]] Fifty-eighth Legislature First Regular Session - 2005 IN THE SENATE SENATE BILL NO. 1240 BY STATE AFFAIRS COMMITTEE 1 AN ACT 2 RELATING TO THE CHILD PROTECTIVE ACT; AMENDING SECTION 16-1623, IDAHO CODE, TO 3 PROVIDE REQUIREMENTS GOVERNING DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND WELFARE EMPLOYEES 4 WHOSE JOB DUTIES ARE RELATED TO THE CHILD PROTECTIVE SERVICES SYSTEM. 5 Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Idaho: 6 SECTION 1. That Section 16-1623, Idaho Code, be, and the same is hereby 7 amended to read as follows: 8 16-1623. POWERS AND DUTIES OF THE DEPARTMENT. The department, working in 9 conjunction with the court and other public and private agencies and persons, 10 shall have the primary responsibility to implement the purpose of this chap- 11 ter. To this end, the department is empowered and shall have the duty to do 12 all things reasonably necessary to carry out the purpose of this chapter, 13 including, but not limited to, the following: 14 (a) The department shall administer treatment programs for the protection 15 and care of neglected, abused and abandoned children, and in so doing may 16 place in foster care, shelter care, or other diagnostic, treatment, or care 17 centers or facilities, children of whom it has been given custody. The depart- 18 ment is to be governed by the standards found in chapter 12, title 39, Idaho 19 Code. 20 (b) On December 1, the department shall make an annual statistical report 21 to the governor covering the preceding fiscal year showing the number and sta- 22 tus of persons in its custody and including such other data as will provide 23 sufficient facts for sound planning in the conservation of children and youth. 24 All officials and employees of the state and of every county and city shall 25 furnish the department upon request, such information within their knowledge 26 and control as the department deems necessary. Local agencies shall report in 27 such uniform format as may be required by the department. 28 (c) The department shall be required to maintain a central registry for 29 the reporting of child neglect, abuse and abandonment information. Provided 30 however, that the department shall not retain any information for this purpose 31 relating to a child, or parent of a child, abandoned pursuant to chapter 81, 32 title 39, Idaho Code. 33 (d) The department shall make periodic evaluation of all persons in its 34 custody or under its supervision for the purpose of determining whether exist- 35 ing orders and dispositions in individual cases shall be modified or continued 36 in force. Evaluations may be made as frequently as the department considers 37 desirable and shall be made with respect to every person at intervals not 38 exceeding six (6) months. Reports of evaluation made pursuant to this section 39 shall be filed with the court which vested custody of the person with the 40 department. Reports of evaluation shall be provided to persons having full or 41 partial legal or physical custody of a child. Failure of the department to 42 evaluate a person or to reevaluate him within six (6) months of a previous 43 examination shall not of itself entitle the person to a change in disposition 2 1 but shall entitle him, his parent, guardian or custodian or his counsel to 2 petition the court pursuant to section 16-1611, Idaho Code. 3 (e) In a consultive capacity, the department shall assist communities in 4 the development of constructive programs for the protection, prevention and 5 care of children and youth. 6 (f) The department shall keep written records of investigations, evalua- 7 tions, prognoses and all orders concerning disposition or treatment of every 8 person over whom it has legal custody. Department records shall be subject to 9 disclosure according to chapter 3, title 9, Idaho Code, unless otherwise 10 ordered by the court, the person consents to the disclosure, or disclosure is 11 necessary for the delivery of services to the person. Notwithstanding the pro- 12 visions restricting disclosure or the exemptions from disclosure provided in 13 chapter 3, title 9, Idaho Code, all records pertaining to investigations, the 14 rehabilitation of youth, the protection of children, evaluation, treatment 15 and/or disposition records pertaining to the statutory responsibilities of the 16 department shall be disclosed to any duly elected state official carrying out 17 his official functions. 18 (g) The department shall establish appropriate administrative procedures 19 for the processing of complaints of child neglect, abuse and abandonment 20 received and for the implementation of the protection, treatment and care of 21 children formally or informally placed in the custody of the department under 22 this chapter including, but not limited to: 23 (1) Department employees whose job duties are related to the child pro- 24 tective services system under this chapter shall first be trained as to 25 their obligations under this chapter regarding the protection of children 26 whose health and safety may be endangered. The curriculum shall include 27 information regarding their legal duties, how to conduct their work in 28 conformity with the requirements of this chapter, information regarding 29 applicable federal and state laws with regard to the rights of the child, 30 parent and others who may be under investigation under the child protec- 31 tive services system, and the applicable legal and constitutional parame- 32 ters within which they are to conduct their work. 33 (2) Department employees whose job duties are related to the child pro- 34 tective services system shall advise the individual of the complaints or 35 allegations made against the individual at the time of the initial con- 36 tact, consistent with protecting the identity of the referrant. 37 (h) The department having been granted legal custody of a child, subject 38 to the judicial review provisions of this subsection, shall have the right to 39 determine where and with whom the child shall live, provided that the child 40 shall not be placed outside the state without the court's consent. Provided 41 however, that the court shall retain jurisdiction over the child, which juris- 42 diction shall be entered on any order or petition granting legal custody to 43 the department, and the court shall have jurisdiction over all matters relat- 44 ing to the child. The department shall not place the child in the home from 45 which the court ordered the child removed without first obtaining the approval 46 of the court. 47 (i) The department shall give to the court any information concerning the 48 child that the court may at any time require, but in any event shall report 49 the progress of the child under its custody at intervals of not to exceed six 50 (6) months. The department shall file with the court at least five (5) days 51 prior to the permanency hearing under section 16-1611, Idaho Code, the perma- 52 nency plan and recommendations of the department. There shall be a rebuttable 53 presumption that if a child is placed in the custody of the department and was 54 also placed in out of the home care for a period not less than fifteen (15) 55 out of the last twenty-two (22) months from the date the child entered shelter 3 1 care, the department shall initiate a petition for termination of parental 2 rights. This presumption may be rebutted by a finding of the court that the 3 filing of a petition for termination of parental rights would not be in the 4 best interests of the child or reasonable efforts have not been provided to 5 reunite the child with his family, or the child is placed permanently with a 6 relative. 7 (j) The department shall establish appropriate administrative procedures 8 for the conduct of administrative reviews and hearings as required by federal 9 statute for all children committed to the department and placed in out of the 10 home care. 11 (k) At any time the department is considering a placement pursuant to 12 this act, the department shall make a reasonable effort to place the child in 13 the least disruptive environment to the child and in so doing may consider, 14 without limitation, placement of the child with related persons.
STATEMENT OF PURPOSE RS 15239 The purpose of this legislation is to add to state law the federal protections required under the "Keeping Children and Families Safe Act of 2003." FISCAL NOTE There is no fiscal impact to the general fund. Contact Name: Rep. Janice McGeachin Phone: 208-332-1000 Sen. Monty Pearce Idaho Coalition of Home Educators STATEMENT OF PURPOSE/FISCAL NOTE S 1240