What a great conversation with our panel for the workshop, "What Happens Now? The Multidisciplinary Team Response to Child Abuse Allegations." Stop by our Facebook page to check out pictures of the event, and tag yourself and your colleagues.
This topic always leaves many questions, and the CoCAN Board Members are here to help. We are all experienced child welfare professionals who have guided families and community members through the difficult process of the aftermath of a child abuse report. Check out our Board of Directors page, and feel free to reach out to us if you have questions.
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COCAN Policy Notes - June 24, 2016
CoCAN co-sponsored a Legislative Wrap Up on June 8, 2016 where representatives from child advocacy organizations, including Missouri KidsFirst, spoke about the results of the 2016 Legislative Session. Highlights were as follows:
- $1.25 million for a new Medicaid code for evidence-based mental health services for children served by Child Advocacy Centers.
- $408,000 for ten additional Children's Division workers to provide family assessments to youth with problem sexual behaviors. This funding will allow the Division to hire ten additional staff to meet the demand of the law, ensuring safe and appropriate implementation of these assessments.
- $200,000 to the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) to implement a trauma-informed schools initiative and pilot project.
- Confidentiality for Evidence in Child Sexual Abuse Cases (HB 1562). Prohibits Child Advocacy Centers, health care providers and multidisciplinary team (MDT) members from copying and sharing forensic interviews and medical exam photos of child sex abuse victims without a court hearing and a protective order. Insures forensic interviews in court records of sexual assault victims that are closed and prohibited from public disclosure after trial.
- Trafficking (HB 1562). Includes advertising of sex trafficking in the definition of the offense of sex trafficking.
- Trauma-Informed Schools (SB 638). SB 638 contains provisions that require DESE to create a Trauma-Informed Schools Initiative and Pilot Program in Missouri schools.
- Juvenile Justice Advisory Board (HB 2355).This bill creates the Missouri State Juvenile Justice Advisory Board to provide consultation and recommendations on best practices within the juvenile court system as well as juvenile officer standards.
- Omnibus Child Abuse and Neglect bill (HB 1877). This bill:
- Adds several child pornography crimes to the list of crimes that require placement on the Child Abuse and Neglect Central Registry.
- Requires courts that have found individuals responsible for child abuse and neglect to notify the local prosecuting attorney and Children's Division for placement on the Central Registry.
- Requires that all child abuse investigations of children three and under include an evaluation or a record review of the child by a Sexual Assault Forensic Examination Child Abuse Resource and Education (SAFECARE) provider. If the SAFECARE provider makes a diagnosis of physical abuse, Children's Division must immediately submit a referral to the juvenile office with recommendations for the care, safety and placement of the child.
- Creates the Missouri Task Force on the Prevention of Infant Abuse and Neglect.
- Adopts the reasonable and prudent parent standard for foster care children, allowing foster parents to make reasonable decisions involving the children's participation in extracurricular, enrichment, cultural and social activities.
- Provides greater clarity to the courts in determining when youth between the ages of 18 and 21 are allowed to return to foster care.
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