Bill No.: HB0235 Drafter: JHR
LSO No.: 09LSO-0451 Effective Date: 7/1/2009
Enrolled Act No.: HEA0047
Chapter No.: 70
Prime Sponsor: Representative Mercer
Catch Title: Child protection-case planning.
Subject: Specifies new duties of multidisciplinary teams in child protection and delinquency cases.
· This bill:
o Requires that members of the multidisciplinary team (MDT) in a child protection or a delinquency case receive a summary with specified information from the Department of Family Services before the first MDT meeting;
o Requires the MDT to formulate reasonable and attainable goals and objectives for parents to meet to effect the return of the child to the home or to close the case;
o Requires the submission of a summary to MDT members and the court after each MDT meeting describing the recommendations of the goals and objectives decided upon at the meeting and a detailed explanation of any changes to the goals and objectives previously established;
o Authorizes the court to require the parents or guardian to attend classes designed to address problems that contributed to the adjudication.