Mandatory Child Welfare Reporting: What the Addiction Physician Needs to Know

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In the midst of the nation’s prescription drug and opioid crisis, the number of pregnant women entering treatment for prescription opioid misuse has increased from 2% in 1992 to 28% in 2012. Recent child welfare legislation included requirements for medical staff to notify child protective services when an infant is identified as “affected by substance abuse, displays withdrawal symptoms or has Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders.” This presentation 1) provides current federal regulations regarding mandatory reporting and plans of safe care; 2) explores the intersections between addiction and child welfare; and 3) offers practice-informed approaches to help addiction medicine professionals develop family-centered plans of safe care that are responsive to the needs of mothers and their infants.

Learning Objectives
– Understand what is meant by “plans of safe care” for an infant and the family or caregiver as required by the Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act
– Explain the parameters for notification of child protective services for infants who are identified as affected by substance use, withdrawal symptoms or Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders
– Develop family-centered plans of safe care that are responsive to the needs of a mother and her infant

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