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Sponsors: Senators Young, Sabb, Shealy, M.B. Matthews, Johnson, Climer, Talley and McElveen
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Companion/Similar bill(s): 3823
Introduced in the Senate on February 21, 2017
Introduced in the House on April 4, 2017
Last Amended on March 30, 2017
Currently residing in the House Committee on Judiciary
Summary: Mandated reporting
HISTORY OF LEGISLATIVE ACTIONS
Date Body Action Description with journal page number ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 2/21/2017 Senate Introduced and read first time (Senate Journal-page 9) 2/21/2017 Senate Referred to Committee on General (Senate Journal-page 9) 3/22/2017 Senate Committee report: Favorable with amendment General (Senate Journal-page 11) 3/29/2017 Senate Committee Amendment Adopted (Senate Journal-page 39) 3/29/2017 Senate Read second time (Senate Journal-page 39) 3/29/2017 Senate Roll call Ayes-37 Nays-0 (Senate Journal-page 39) 3/30/2017 Senate Amended (Senate Journal-page 26) 3/30/2017 Senate Read third time and sent to House (Senate Journal-page 26) 3/30/2017 Senate Roll call Ayes-44 Nays-0 (Senate Journal-page 26) 4/4/2017 House Introduced and read first time (House Journal-page 7) 4/4/2017 House Referred to Committee on Judiciary (House Journal-page 7)
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VERSIONS OF THIS BILL
AS PASSED BY THE SENATE
March 30, 2017
Introduced by Senators Young, Sabb, Shealy, M.B. Matthews, Johnson, Climer, Talley and McElveen
S. Printed 3/30/17--S.
Read the first time February 21, 2017.
TO AMEND SECTION 63-7-310, AS AMENDED, CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, RELATING TO MANDATED REPORTING OF SUSPECTED CHILD ABUSE OR NEGLECT, SO AS TO REQUIRE REPORTING WHEN AN INFANT OR FETUS IS EXPOSED TO ALCOHOL OR CONTROLLED SUBSTANCES.
Amend Title To Conform
Whereas, the purpose of this legislation is to address the problem of infants born affected by drugs and alcohol in South Carolina and to clarify the circumstances under which health professionals are to report fetal and infant substance exposure to the South Carolina Department of Social Services so the department can provide services or referrals for services to mothers with substance use disorders and infants born affected by substances; and
Whereas, the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (CARA) of 2016, an amendment to the Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act (CAPTA), aims to address the problem of infants born affected by substance use disorder, particularly opioid use disorder. The law requires each state to develop plans of safe care for infants affected by substance abuse; and
Whereas, the Administration for Children and Families has stated that to comply with the law "the state must have statewide laws, policies and/or procedures requiring health care providers involved in the delivery or care of infants born and identified as affected by substance abuse, withdrawal symptoms resulting from prenatal drug exposure, or a fetal alcohol spectrum disorder to notify the state's child protective services of the occurrence of such conditions of infants." Now, therefore,
Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of South Carolina:
SECTION 1. Section 63-7-310 of the 1976 Code is amended by adding subsections (E) and (F) at the end to read:
"(E)(1) Every physician, nurse, or medical or allied health professional shall report to the department:
(a) a child, birth to one year, who is diagnosed with neonatal abstinence syndrome or a fetal alcohol spectrum disorder; or
(b) a child, birth to one year, who is medically affected by prenatal substance exposure to a controlled or illegal substance, or withdrawal from alcohol or a controlled or illegal substance.
(2) A report submitted pursuant to this subsection must be made regardless of whether or not the alcohol or substance exposure constitutes child abuse or neglect as defined in Section 63-7-20. However, a report submitted pursuant to this subsection does not create a presumption that the alcohol or substance exposure constitutes child abuse or neglect as defined in Section 63-7-20.
(F) Every physician, nurse, or medical or allied health professional who submits a report pursuant to subsection (E) may provide information to assist the department in the development of a plan of safe care for the child and his family or caregiver."
SECTION 2. This act takes effect upon approval by the Governor.
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