2016 Regular Session
|At the request of:||(at the request of Senate Interim Committee on Human Services and Early Childhood)|
|Bill Title:||Relating to child welfare; and declaring an emergency.|
Establishes standards and criteria for mandatory licensing, certification or authorization of child-caring agencies by Department of Human Services.
Authorizes department to place conditions on license, certificate or authorization. Establishes conditions for determining full compliance with specified requirements and grounds for immediate suspension or revocation of license, certificate or authorization. Authorizes child-caring agency to certify proctor foster home upon determination that home meets minimum standards established by rule of department or Oregon Youth Authority. Requires proctor foster home applicant to provide release of information to enable determination whether applicant is subject of ongoing investigation or has substantiated allegations of abuse or neglect against applicant. Permits Director of Human Services to issue interim emergency order or to enjoin operations of child-caring agency if condition exists that seriously endangers or places at risk health, safety or welfare of child. Establishes standards and requirements for supervision and inspection of premises, books and financial statements of child-caring agencies. Requires provision of annual financial statements audited or reviewed by certified public accountant under specified circumstances. Creates definition of "abuse" of child in care of child-caring agency. Mandates that department immediately notify certain persons and entities and commence investigation upon obtaining knowledge of suspected abuse. Defines findings of substantiated, unsubstantiated and inconclusive abuse. Directs department to report on quarterly basis to interim legislative committees regarding reports of substantiated abuse. Directs department to submit report to interim legislative committees no later than December 1, 2016, regarding process and requirements for national accreditation of state in child welfare. Directs department to submit report to interim legislative committees no later than October 1, 2016, regarding recommendations for development, implementation and oversight of Center for Continuous Improvement. Increases biennial appropriation made from General Fund to Department of Human Services for purposes of implementing and administering provisions of Act. Increases limitations on expenditures for certain biennial expenses for purposes of implementing and administering provisions of Act. Becomes operative on July 1, 2016. Declares emergency, effective on passage.
|Chapter Number:||Chapter 106|
|Fiscal Impact:||Budget Report Issued|
|Revenue Impact:||No Revenue Impact|
|Measure Analysis:||Staff Measure Summary / Impact Statements|
|Current Location:||Chapter Number Assigned|
|Potential Conflicts of Interest/Vote Explanations:||Potential Conflicts of Interest/Vote Explanation Documents|