Department of Child Services

H.E.A. 1006, P.L. 198
Effective: July 1, 2019

  • Amends Ind. Code 31-9-2-129.5, Ind. Code § 31-25-2-21, Ind. Code §§ 31-28-5.8-4 and 5 to provide an older youth who received foster care is eligible to receive collaborative care services until the individual becomes 21 years of age.
  • Amends Ind. Code § 31-25-2-5 to provide that the caseload of a family case manager may not be more than: (1) 12 active cases relating to initial assessments; (2) 12 families in active cases relating to ongoing in-home services; or (3) 13 children in active cases relating to ongoing services who are in out-of-home placements.
  • Amends Ind. Code § 31-33-7-8 to require DCS to provide a report concerning an assessment or investigation of a report of suspected child abuse or neglect not later than 45 days (rather than 30 days under current law), after DCS initiates the assessment if the report of suspected child abuse or neglect was received from certain entities.
  • Amends Ind. Code § 31-33-8-1 requires DCS to initiate an assessment immediately, but not later than two hours (rather than one hour under current law), after receiving a report of child abuse or neglect if DCS believes the child is in imminent danger of serious bodily harm.
  • Amends Ind. Code § 31-34-1-1 to provide a child is a child in need of services if the child’s parent, guardian, or custodian has failed to supply the child with necessary food, clothing, shelter, medical care, education, or supervision: (1) when the parent, guardian, or custodian is financially able to do so; or (2) due to the failure, refusal, or inability of the parent, guardian, or custodian to seek financial or other reasonable means to do so; and the child needs the care, treatment, or rehabilitation that: (A) the child is not receiving; and (B) is unlikely to be provided or accepted without the coercive intervention of the court. [Note: See HEA 1001, which amends the standard of proof for this section under Ind. Code § 31-34-12-8]

Read the bill at: http://iga.in.gov/legislative/2019/bills/house/1006