Monday, March 16, 2015

2015 Indiana House Bill 1522 Child Placement - DCS

Indiana HB 1522 has been introduced by Representative Pryor. This bill provides that the department of child services is responsible for payment of expenses for housing or services for the benefit of a child placed by a juvenile court in a home or facility located outside Indiana.

This is an extremely simple bill that amends IC 31-40-1-2 at (e) by striking the first “not” and the words following “Indiana” from the sentence.

(e) The department is not responsible for payment of any costs or expenses for housing or services provided to or for the benefit of a child placed by a juvenile court in a home or facility located outside Indiana, if the placement is not recommended or approved by the director of the department or the director's designee.

As I recall this matter being discussed in committee a few years ago the purpose was to allow for easier placement in suitable facilities for children who are CHiNS cases. Primarily cases in counties bordering other states or children who require specialized care would be affected.

Click here to see other 2015 Indiana Child Custody and Child Support Payment bills.

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