This bill seeks to improve state plans to care for infants born affected by substance abuse, withdrawal symptoms or Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder. It would require the Dept. of Health and Human Services (HHS) to distribute information about best practices for taking care of babies that are born under those circumstances.
When states submit plans to improve their child protective services systems in grant applications to HHS, they’d be required certify that it has a statewide child abuse and neglect program which covers the care of babies facing those threats to their health. Each infant in the program would have a personalized “plan of safe care” to ensure their safety and well-being after they’re released from the care of healthcare providers.
States would be required each year to report how many babies were the subject of a “plan of safe care” and whether a referral was made for appropriate services to assist the affected baby or a caregiver.
HHS would be tasked with monitoring the compliance of states that receive grants with relevant current laws and required state policies and procedures regarding the care of affected babies.