Immunity for reports of suspected abuse or neglect

S.E.A. 431, P.L. 106
Effective: July 1, 2018

Provides immunity from civil and criminal liability for: (1) a person who assists with or participates; and (2) a health care provider who provides professional intervention; in an investigation by the Department of Child Services resulting from a report that a child may be a victim of child abuse or neglect. Provides that the immunity provisions do not apply (1) to actions brought against qualified health care providers for medical malpractice; or (2) for a person who has acted with gross negligence or willful or wanton misconduct. Provides that: (1) an adult protective services unit conducting an investigation; or (2) a Department of Child Services (department) caseworker conducting an assessment; who observes, or has reason to believe, that an animal is a victim of animal cruelty, abandonment, or neglect may make a report to the local law enforcement agency or local animal control officer. Provides that: (1) an adult protective services unit; or (2) a department caseworker; who makes a report of animal cruelty, abandonment, or neglect is immune from civil and criminal liability

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