Harrisburg – Legislation sponsored by Senator Bob Mensch (R- Berks, Bucks, Montgomery Counties), that seeks to improve the exchange of child abuse information among medical practitioners and county agencies is headed to the Governor’s desk for enactment.
Senate Bill 27 is part of a bipartisan package of legislation introduced following the recommendations of the Pennsylvania Task Force on Child Protection, created by the passage of Senate Resolution 250 in December 2011.
“We’ve come a long way in two years, and while more work remains on this issue, these new laws represent comprehensive, real world improvements,” said Mensch. “No law can protect every child from every one of life’s threats, but through the work of the task force and our committee hearings we know what can be done better. Today marks a significant step forward in the effort to prevent heinous crimes against children.”
Under this new legislation, a county agency that is conducting an assessment, investigation or the provision of services must notify the child’s primary care provider and licensed medical practitioner who is providing ongoing care to the child. The agency must provide the reason for the assessment, investigation or provision and develop a service plan for the child and the child’s family.
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