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First Substitute H.B. 453

Senator Allen M. Christensen proposes the following substitute bill:




Chief Sponsor: David Clark

Senate Sponsor: Allen M. Christensen

             7      LONG TITLE
             8      General Description:
             9          This bill amends provisions of the Utah Human Services Code relating to the
             10      investigation of domestic violence by the Division of Child and Family Services.
             11      Highlighted Provisions:
             12          This bill:
             13          .    provides that, except to the extent provided by rule made on or after May 10, 2011,
             14      the Division of Child and Family Services is not responsible for investigating
             15      domestic violence in the presence of a child; and
             16          .    makes technical changes.
             17      Money Appropriated in this Bill:
             18          None
             19      Other Special Clauses:
             20          None
             21      Utah Code Sections Affected:
             22      AMENDS:
             23          62A-4a-105, as last amended by Laws of Utah 2008, Chapter 3
             25      Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:

             26          Section 1. Section 62A-4a-105 is amended to read:
             27           62A-4a-105. Division responsibilities.
             28          The division shall:
             29          (1) administer services to minors and families, including child welfare services,
             30      domestic violence services, and all other responsibilities that the Legislature or the executive
             31      director may assign to the division;
             32          (2) establish standards for all contract providers of out-of-home care for minors and
             33      families;
             34          (3) cooperate with the federal government in the administration of child welfare and
             35      domestic violence programs and other human service activities assigned by the department;
             36          (4) provide for the compilation of relevant information, statistics, and reports on child
             37      and family service matters in the state;
             38          (5) prepare and submit to the department, the governor, and the Legislature reports of
             39      the operation and administration of the division in accordance with the requirements of
             40      Sections 62A-4a-117 and 62A-4a-118 ;
             41          (6) promote and enforce state and federal laws enacted for the protection of abused,
             42      neglected, dependent, delinquent, ungovernable, and runaway children, and status offenders, in
             43      accordance with the requirements of this chapter, unless administration is expressly vested in
             44      another division or department of the state. In carrying out the provisions of this Subsection
             45      (6), the division shall cooperate with the juvenile courts, the Division of Juvenile Justice
             46      Services, and with all public and private licensed child welfare agencies and institutions to
             47      develop and administer a broad range of services and supports. The division shall take the
             48      initiative in all matters involving the protection of abused or neglected children if adequate
             49      provisions have not been made or are not likely to be made, and shall make expenditures
             50      necessary for the care and protection of those children, within the division's budget. Except to
             51      the extent provided by rule made by the division on or after May 10, 2011, the division is not
             52      responsible for investigating domestic violence in the presence of a child as described in
             53      Section 76-5-109.1 ;
             54          (7) provide substitute care for dependent, abused, neglected, and delinquent children,
             55      establish standards for substitute care facilities, and approve those facilities;
             56          (8) provide adoption assistance to persons adopting children with special needs under

             57      Part 9, Adoption Assistance, of this chapter. The financial support provided under this
             58      Subsection (8) may not exceed the amounts the division would provide for the child as a legal
             59      ward of the state;
             60          (9) cooperate with the Employment Development Division in the Department of
             61      Workforce Services in meeting social and economic needs of individuals eligible for public
             62      assistance;
             63          (10) conduct court-ordered home evaluations for the district and juvenile courts with
             64      regard to child custody issues. The court shall order either or both parties to reimburse the
             65      division for the cost of that evaluation, in accordance with the community rate for that service
             66      or with the department's fee schedule rate;
             67          (11) provide noncustodial and in-home preventive services, designed to prevent family
             68      breakup, family preservation services, and reunification services to families whose children are
             69      in substitute care in accordance with the requirements of this chapter and Title 78A, Chapter 6,
             70      Juvenile Court Act of 1996;
             71          (12) provide protective supervision of a family, upon court order, in an effort to
             72      eliminate abuse or neglect of a child in that family;
             73          (13) establish programs and provide services to minors who have been placed in the
             74      custody of the division for reasons other than abuse or neglect, pursuant to Section
             75      62A-4a-250 ;
             76          (14) provide shelter care in accordance with the requirements of this chapter and Title
             77      78A, Chapter 6, Juvenile Court Act of 1996;
             78          (15) provide social studies and reports for the juvenile court in accordance with Section
             79      78A-6-605 ;
             80          (16) arrange for and provide training for staff and providers involved in the
             81      administration and delivery of services offered by the division in accordance with this chapter;
             82          (17) provide domestic violence services in accordance with the requirements of federal
             83      law, and establish standards for all direct or contract providers of domestic violence services.
             84      Within appropriations from the Legislature, the division shall provide or contract for a variety
             85      of domestic violence services and treatment methods;
             86          (18) ensure regular, periodic publication, including electronic publication, regarding
             87      the number of children in the custody of the division who have a permanency goal of adoption,

             88      or for whom a final plan of termination of parental rights has been approved, pursuant to
             89      Section 78A-6-314 , and promote adoption of those children;
             90          (19) provide protective services to victims of domestic violence, as defined in Section
             91      77-36-1 , and their children, in accordance with the provisions of this chapter and of Title 78A,
             92      Chapter 6, Part 3, Abuse, Neglect, and Dependency Proceedings;
             93          (20) refer an individual receiving services from the division to the local substance
             94      abuse authority or other private or public resource for court-ordered drug screening test. The
             95      court shall order the individual to pay all costs of the tests unless:
             96          (a) the cost of the drug screening is specifically funded or provided for by other federal
             97      or state programs;
             98          (b) the individual is a participant in a drug court; or
             99          (c) the court finds that the individual is impecunious;
             100          (21) have authority to contract with a private, nonprofit organization to recruit and train
             101      foster care families and child welfare volunteers in accordance with Section 62A-4a-107.5 ; and
             102          (22) perform such other duties and functions as required by law.

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