HOUSE DOCKET, NO. 1030        FILED ON: 1/15/2013

HOUSE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 116

 

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts

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PRESENTED BY:

Kay Khan

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To the Honorable Senate and House of Representatives of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in General
Court assembled:

The undersigned legislators and/or citizens respectfully petition for the adoption of the accompanying bill:

An Act relative to state agency assessment for safe and appropriate placement for certain children.

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PETITION OF:

 

Name:

District/Address:

Date Added:

Kay Khan

11th Middlesex

 

Marcos A. Devers

16th Essex

1/28/2013

Stanley C. Rosenberg

Hampshire, Franklin and Worcester

1/16/2013

 



HOUSE DOCKET, NO. 1030        FILED ON: 1/15/2013

HOUSE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 116

By Ms. Khan of Newton, a petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 116) of Kay Khan, Marcos A. Devers and Stanley C. Rosenberg relative to state agency assessments for the safe and appropriate placement of certain children .  Children, Families and Persons with Disabilities.

 

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts

 

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In the Year Two Thousand Thirteen

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An Act relative to state agency assessment for safe and appropriate placement for certain children.

 

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court assembled, and by the authority of the same, as follows:
 

SECTION 1.  Chapter 18A of the General Laws is hereby amended by adding the following section:-

Section 10. (a) The department shall, pursuant to its services provided in this chapter and in cooperation with the department of children and families, in said department of children and families’ provision of and administration for a comprehensive child welfare program for care for a child in out-of-home placement, who has been adjudicated delinquent for a sexual offense or the commission of arson, or has admitted to such behavior, or is the subject of a documented or substantiated report of such behavior, adhere to the assessment for safe and appropriate placement process, hereinafter referred to as ASAP.

(b) In using said ASAP the department shall: (i) cooperate with the department of children and families in the design and implementation of an ASAP process;  (ii) consult with subject-matter experts to revise the screening, referral and risk assessment guidelines based on evidence-based practice; (iii) create a process for keeping the ASAP process current with evolving evidence-based practice standards; and (iv) ensure that all staff with responsibilities for the safety of children in foster care or other out-of-home placements are informed about the process and have training in how to make referrals and incorporate risk-assessment and risk-management results into their case management and treatment planning. In partnership with the department, The Massachusetts Adolescent Sex Offender Coalition and the Juvenile Firesetters Coalition shall provide training to staff on the screening and assessment procedures for supporting decisions for safe placements.

SECTION 2. Section 2 of chapter 18B of the General Laws, as appearing in the 2010 Official Edition, is hereby amended by striking out, in lines 31 to 33, inclusive, the words “and (17) child care placements for children whose families have an open case with the department,” and inserting in place thereof the following words:- ; (17) child care placements for children whose families have an open case with the department; and (18) coordination with other state agencies on the use of an assessment process for safe and appropriate placement for out-of-home placement or foster care for a child, who has been adjudicated delinquent for a sexual offense or the commission of arson, or has admitted to such behavior, or is the subject of a documented or substantiated report of such behavior.

SECTION 3.   Chapter 19 of the General Laws is hereby amended by adding the following section:-

Section 25. (a) The department shall, pursuant to its services provided in section 16 to children and in cooperation with the department of children and families, in said department of children and families’ provision of and administration for a comprehensive child welfare program for a child, who has been adjudicated delinquent for a sexual offense or the commission of arson, or has admitted to such behavior, or is the subject of a documented or substantiated report of such behavior, use an assessment for safe and appropriate placement process, hereinafter referred to as ASAP.

(b) In using said ASAP the department shall: (i) cooperate with the department of children and families in the design and implementation of an ASAP process;  (ii) consult with subject-matter experts to revise the screening, referral and risk assessment guidelines based on evidence-based practice; (iii) create a process for keeping the ASAP process current with evolving evidence-based practice standards; and (iv) ensure that all staff with responsibilities for the safety of children in foster care or other out-of-home placements are informed about the process and have training in how to make referrals and incorporate risk-assessment and risk-management results into their case management and treatment planning. In partnership with the department, The Massachusetts Adolescent Sex Offender Coalition and the Juvenile Firesetters Coalition shall provide training to staff on the updated screening and assessment procedures for supporting decisions for safe placements.

SECTION 4.  Chapter 19B of the General Laws is hereby amended by inserting after section 13, the following section:-

Section 13A. (a) The department shall, pursuant to its services provided in this chapter and in cooperation with the department of children and families, in said department of children and families’ provision of and administration for a comprehensive child welfare program for foster care for a child, who has been adjudicated delinquent for a sexual offense or the commission of arson, or has admitted to such behavior, or is the subject of a documented or substantiated report of such behavior, adhere to the ASAP process, hereinafter referred to as ASAP.

(b) (b) In using said ASAP the department shall (i) cooperate with the department of children and families in the design and implementation of an ASAP process;  (ii) consult with subject-matter experts to revise the screening, referral and risk assessment guidelines based on evidence-based practice; (iii) create a process for keeping the ASAP process current with evolving evidence-based practice standards; and (iv) ensure that all staff with responsibilities for the safety of children in foster care or other out-of-home placements are informed about the process and have training in how to make referrals and incorporate risk-assessment and risk-management results into their case management and treatment planning. In partnership with the department, The Massachusetts Adolescent Sex Offender Coalition and the Juvenile Firesetters Coalition shall provide training to staff on the updated screening and assessment procedures for supporting decisions for safe placements.