2017 Regular Session
|At the request of:||(at the request of Governor Kate Brown for Department of Human Services)|
|Bill Title:||Relating to legal representation in the child welfare system; declaring an emergency.|
Extends sunset on provision authorizing Department of Human Services to appear as party in juvenile court proceeding without appearance of Attorney General.
Directs Department of Human Services and Department of Justice to ensure full access to legal representation, legal counsel, legal advice and litigation support for Department of Human Services by Department of Justice in juvenile dependency proceedings. Directs Public Defense Services Commission to develop and maintain Parent-Child Representation Program statewide to provide legal representation in juvenile dependency proceedings based on workload model of contracting that provides for caseload limits. Requires public defense services executive director to implement program statewide by January 1, 2022. Requires Department of Human Services, Department of Justice, public defense services executive director and Judicial Department to report to Legislative Assembly and interim committees. Requires Oregon Volunteers Commission for Voluntary Action and Service to contract with minimum of four attorneys to provide legal consultation, limited direct representation and training to CASA Volunteer Programs throughout state. Directs Judicial Department to convene continuous quality assurance advisory committee to collect and report on quality assurance measures and engage in basic quality improvement process in juvenile dependency proceedings and child welfare matters. Declares emergency, effective on passage.
|Fiscal Impact:||Fiscal Impact Issued|
|Revenue Impact:||No Revenue Impact|
|Measure Analysis:||Staff Measure Summary / Impact Statements|
|Current Location:||In House Committee|
|Current Committee:||Joint Committee On Ways and Means|
|Potential Conflicts of Interest/Vote Explanations:||Potential Conflicts of Interest/Vote Explanation Documents|