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Child Welfare Law Changes Headed to Governor

Friday, January 10, 2020   (0 Comments)
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A package of bills that aligns state child welfare laws with federal law changes is headed to the governor's desk after the Senate moved for immediate effect for the legislation that originated in the chamber months ago.

The bill package would implement qualified residential treatment programs, modify certain definitions, provide variances regarding the placement of children and revise requirements for employee background checks.

Federal law now allows states to use funding for services for children and their families while they stay home instead of going into foster care. Under current state law, and previous federal guidelines, states did not receive this type of funding unless a child was placed in the foster care system and then services were provided.

SB 466SB 467SB 468SB 469 and SB 539 were granted immediate effect Thursday.

24/7 MENTAL HEALTH HOTLINE: The Senate also passed legislation Thursday that would provide the public with 24/7 access to a hotline to get help when experiencing a mental health crisis.

HB 4051 passed the Senate 33-2. The bill would establish the Michigan CARES (Community Access, Resources, Education and Safety) hotline with the Department of Health and Human Services. Individuals who call the hotline would be able to receive a referral to the support system they need through either mental health or substance abuse disorder services.

The Senate Fiscal Agency estimated the cost of the hotline as between $1 million and $2.5 million annually

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