Plans of Safe Care Infants With Prenatal Substance Exposure and Their Families - Mississippi

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Definitions

Citation: Ann. Code § 43-21-105

The term 'assessment' means an individualized examination of a child to determine the child's psychosocial needs and problems, including the type and extent of any mental health, substance abuse, or co-occurring mental health and substance abuse disorders and recommendations for treatment. The term includes, but is not limited to, a drug and alcohol, psychological, or psychiatric evaluation; records review; clinical interview; or the administration of a formal test and instrument.

The term 'screening' means a process, with or without the administration of a formal instrument, that is designed to identify a child who is at increased risk of having mental health, substance abuse, or co-occurring mental health and substance abuse disorders that warrant immediate attention, intervention, or more comprehensive assessment.

Notification/Reporting Requirements

Citation: Ann. Code § 43-21-353

A mandated reporter who has reasonable cause to suspect that a child is abused or neglected shall immediately make an oral report to the Department of Child Protection Services to be followed as soon as possible by a written report.

Assessment of the Infant and Family

Citation: Code of Rules 18-006-102, Part II

All reports of positive drug screens for a mother and/or infant shall be screened-in by the centralized intake unit. All reports of positive drug screens for a mother and/or infant that have been screened in shall be assigned to a worker for investigation/assessment.

Responsibility for Development of the Plan of Safe Care

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Services for the Infant

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Services for the Parents or Other Caregivers

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Monitoring Plans of Safe Care

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