Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives
in General Court assembled, and by the authority of the same,
SECTION 1. Section 51A of chapter 119 of the General Laws, as appearing in the 1988 Official Edition, is hereby amended by inserting after the word "policeman", in line 11, the words:- , office for children licensor, school attendance officer, allied mental health and human services professional as licensed pursuant to the provisions of section one hundred and sixty-five of chapter one hundred and twelve, drug and alcoholism counselor, psychiatrist, and clinical social worker.
SECTION 2. Section 51B of said chapter 119, as so appearing, is hereby amended by inserting after the word "household", in line 18, the following words:- ; provided, further, that if such child named in the report is an out-of-home placement, the department shall notify his parent that a report has been filed when such report is supported by the department; provided, further, that the department shall notify the biological parent of other children in the same placement if the child named in such supported report died or was seriously injured; provided, further, that such notification shall not be required if in the commissioner's judgment such notification would be against the best interests of the child; provided, further, that when appropriate, the department shall consult with the biological parent of the child who is the subject of the report and the other children in the decisions regarding the children's removal or further placement.