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

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Definitions

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Notification/Reporting Requirements

Citation: Rev. Stat. § 132:10-f

When a health-care provider suspects that an infant has been abused or neglected pursuant to § 169-C:3, the provider shall report to the Department of Health and Human Services in accordance with § 169-C:29. If the infant has a plan of safe care (POSC) developed under § 132:10-e, a copy of the plan shall accompany the report.

Assessment of the Infant and Family

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Responsibility for Development of the Plan of Safe Care

Citation: Rev. Stat. § 132:10-e

When an infant is born with and identified as being affected by substance abuse or withdrawal symptoms resulting from prenatal drug exposure or a fetal alcohol spectrum disorder, the health-care provider shall develop a POSC, in cooperation with the infant's parents or guardians and the Department of Health and Human Services, Division of Public Health Services, as appropriate, to ensure the safety and well-being of the infant, to address the health and substance use treatment needs of the infant and affected family members or caregivers, and to ensure that appropriate referrals are made and services are delivered to the infant and affected family members or caregivers.

The plan shall take into account whether the infant's prenatal drug exposure occurred as the result of medication-assisted treatment or medication prescribed for the mother by a health-care provider and whether the infant's mother is or will be actively engaged in ongoing substance use disorder treatment following discharge that would mitigate the future risk of harm to the infant. A copy of the POSC shall be included in the instructions for the infant upon discharge from the hospital or from the health-care provider involved in the development of the POSC. The POSC shall not be submitted to the department unless it is pursuant to § 132:10-f or the department makes an official request for a copy of the plan in compliance with confidentiality requirements.

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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