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Senate Bill 0529


Senate Bill 0529

ARCHIVE (2005)

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DIGEST OF SB 529 (Updated April 29, 2005 11:29 am - DI 104)


Department of child services and various human services. Provides for review by the department of local government finance if a county does not levy the amount necessary to pay for child services or children's psychiatric residential treatment services. Extends the expiration of the office of the secretary of family and social services and its divisions to January 1, 2008. Establishes the department of child services and moves specified duties and services to the department. Adds references to the state central collection unit concerning income withholding by employers for child support payments and allows the department of child services to assess a civil penalty of $25 per obligor per pay period against certain income payors that do not make the payment through electronic funds transfer. Renames the division of family and children to the division of family resources and renames the division's bureaus. Authorizes the state to procure child services and other related services on behalf of a county. Establishes the select committee on the reorganization of chid services and assigns committee duties. Requires a juvenile court to appoint a guardian ad litem for a child in need of services in certain situations. Establishes the child support bureau within the department of child services. Provides immunity to the director and employees of the department of child services. Provides that a reference to the division of family and children is to be construed as a reference to the department of child services in certain statutes. Requires local child protection services to maintain sufficient staff. Requires the department of child services to make certain reports to the budget committee and the legislative council. Changes the expiration of a license for a child caring institution and of a foster family home license from two to four years. Requires the department of child services to adopt rules governing the number of hours required for foster parent training. Allows the state police to conduct a name based criminal history check of persons who reside in a location where a child will be placed under certain circumstances. Requires the state police to verify the name based criminal history check through fingerprint identification, and permits a person who believes that the results of the name based criminal history check are incorrect to challenge the results by submitting the person's fingerprints. Removes a provision authorizing the division of family and children or a juvenile probation officer to directly conduct a criminal history check, requiring instead that the juvenile probation officer or division of family and children caseworker request that the state police conduct the criminal history check. Specifies that the department of child services, a local child protective service, a local child fatality review team, or the statewide child fatality review committee must disclose certain redacted records concerning the death or near fatality of a child regardless of when the records were created. Provides that certain information concerning the death or near fatality of a child is not required to be redacted. Requires a local child fatality review team and the statewide child fatality review committee to review records concerning a child whose death may have been the result of abuse or neglect. Specifies the circumstances under which a child's death may have been the result of abuse or neglect. Requires the department of child services, the department of education, the department of correction, and the division of mental health to develop and coordinate the children's social, emotional and behavioral health plan. Requires the office of Medicaid policy and planning to apply for a Medicaid waiver to provide coverage for mental health services to a special needs adopted child who is not more than 18 years of age. Permits a licensed collection agency to collect child support arrearages in certain situations. Provides that the child support bureau has certain duties concerning the collection of child support arrearages by a licensed collection agency. Provides that each county auditor shall keeps records and make reports related to certain transactions and funds as required by the department of child services. Provides that the director of the department of child services is to be consulted in the appointment of a director of a county office of the division of family resources. Repeals: (1) statutes that require county offices of family and children to establish a local child protection service; (2) the designation of the child support bureau within the division of family and children as the state's designated Title IV-D agency; (3) duplicate provisions related to certain reports; and (4) statutes concerning provisional licenses for foster homes, group homes, child caring institutions, and child placing agencies. Makes technical corrections.
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