Establishment and Maintenance of Central Registries for Child Abuse or Neglect Reports - New Hampshire

Date: May 2018

Establishment

Citation: Rev. Stat. § 169-C:35

A State central registry shall be established by the Department of Health and Human Services.

Purpose

Citation: Rev. Stat. § 169-C:35

The purpose of the registry is maintaining a record of founded reports of child abuse and neglect.

Contents

Citation: Rev. Stat. § 169-C:35

Founded reports shall be maintained in the central registry.

Maintenance

Citation: Rev. Stat. § 169-C:35-a

Founded reports of abuse and neglect shall be retained for a period of 7 years subject to an individual's right to petition for the earlier removal of his or her name from the central registry.

The department shall retain a screened-out report for 1 year from the date that the report was screened out. A report is 'screened out' when the department has determined it does not rise to the level of a credible report of abuse or neglect and is not referred for assessment. The department shall retain an unfounded report for 3 years from the date that the department determined the case to be unfounded.

The department shall retain a 'founded' report or an 'unfounded but with reasonable concern' report for 7 years from the date that the department closes the case. This paragraph shall not apply to foster placement records or to adoption records.

Nothing in this section shall prevent the department from retaining generic, nonidentifying information that is required for State and Federal reporting and management purposes.