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SB16-118: Screening To Identify Prenatal Substance Exposure

Reproductive Freedom
Bill Number: SB16-118
Year: 2016
ACLU Position: Oppose
Sponsors: J. Singer / L. Newell


The bill directs the department of public health and environment
(department) to identify a screening questionnaire related to prenatal
substance exposure. Information gathered from a screening questionnaire
may not be used for either criminal purposes or to justify contact with
county departments of human or social services, unless a program’s or
entity’s mandatory reporter of abuse and neglect status is triggered. Home
visitation programs, the juvenile justice system, the child welfare system,
early childhood providers, schools, and school districts developing a
individualized family service plan or a child’s initial individualized
education program are required to use a screening questionnaire. Birthing
facilities and health care providers are strongly encouraged to adopt a
consistent practice of screening and documentation for prenatal substance
exposure. Prenatal substance exposure is defined in the bill as prenatal
exposure to regular or binge use of alcohol, over-the-counter and
prescription medications, or controlled substances.

Current Status:

Senate Committee on State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Postpone Indefinitely (02/23/2016)

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