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LB 993: Provide Funds and Clarify Responsibilities of Child Advocacy Centers and Multidisciplinary Teams

As Introduced: The bill makes a number of changes and clarifications to statutes relating to child advocacy centers (CACs) and Multidisciplinary Teams (1184 teams):

    1. It clarifies the role of Child Advocacy Centers, specifying that their role is both to provide a location for forensic interviews and medical exams of alleged child victims of abuse and neglect and for coordinating a multidisciplinary response that supports the needs of alleged victims.

  1. It mandates all multidisciplinary teams have procedures for: a) training related to mandatory reporting and identification of abuse and neglect; b) assigning roles and responsibility between DHHS and law enforcement for initial response and report sharing; c) coordinating an investigative response including the priority of response, contacting and interviewing parties, examining the alleged victim, and collecting and processing evidence; d) arranging for safe surroundings and temporary removal if necessary; and e) sharing of information between team members; g) outlining cases that will be reviewed by the teams.
  2. It requires Cases of high or very high risk of repeat maltreatment be included in reviews by multidisciplinary teams. Non-court involved cases’ treatment and safety plans are now open to review as are those of status offenders.

Introducing Senator: Ashford, Avery, Campbell, Dubas, Harr, Howard, Lathrop, McGill, Mello, Nordquist, Sullivan, Krist, Council – Howard Priority Bill

Committee: Judiciary

Committee Hearing Date: February 13, 2012

Final Status: Signed by the Governor, April 11, 2012

Estimated Fiscal Impact: The bill appropriates $500,000 to child advocacy centers (CACs) to help review more cases through the multi-disciplinary team and process and to ensure more children are served through the CACs.

Voices for Children’s Position: Support (see our testimony here).

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