2021 Legislative Session Digest

This is the final installment of the Legislative Update for the 2021 legislative session. This installment contains summaries of select bills of interest or portions of bills that were signed into law in the 2021 legislative session. Civil Civil immunity related … [Read more...]

Female genital mutilation

S.E.A. 240, P.L. 51 Effective: July 1, 2021 In relevant part: Provides that a child is a child in need of services if before the child becomes 18 years of age the child is a victim of female genital mutilation. Provides that a person who: (1) knowingly or … [Read more...]

Child services oversight

S.E.A. 301, P.L. 148 Effective: April 29, 2021 Establishes the interim study committee on child services (committee). Provides that the committee: (1) shall review the annual reports submitted by local child fatality review teams and by the statewide child … [Read more...]

Juvenile justice

S.E.A. 368, P.L. 157 Effective: July 1, 2021;  §2 effective December 31, 2022 Provides for the automatic expungement of certain juvenile offenses. Prohibits a juvenile arrestee who meets certain requirements from being housed with adult inmates prior to trial, … [Read more...]

State budget

H.E.A. 1001, P.L. 165 Effective: §§184-186 effective July 1, 2021 § 184-185 - Amends Ind. Code § 31-19-26.5-3 and 5 to require adoption subsidy payments for a child with special needs in therapeutic foster care to be not less than 50% of the per diem rate for the … [Read more...]

Juvenile court jurisdiction

S.E.A. 1256, P.L. 84 Effective: April 19, 2021 Provides that a child who: (1) commits indecent display by a youth; or (2) commits dangerous possession of a firearm or provides a firearm to another child in certain circumstances; has committed a delinquent act … [Read more...]

DCS and the education community

H.E.A. 1531, P.L. 213 Effective: July 1, 2021 Defines "exigent circumstances" for purposes of action taken by the department of child services (DCS) with respect to a child. Allows DCS to interview a child at the child's school, except for at a nonaccredited … [Read more...]

Department of Child Services

H.E.A. 1536, P.L. 214 Effective: July 1, 2021 Provides that if the governor declares a state of disaster emergency, the department of child services (department) may: (1) allow older youth who are receiving collaborative care services at the time of the declaration … [Read more...]