State budget [§§238-239]

H.E.A. 1001, P.L. 108
Effective: July 1, 2019

Beginning October 1, 2019, DCS shall use a per diem model to reimburse community-based providers for providing family preservation services. Adds a new section, Ind. Code § 31-33-8-16 to provide after an investigation by the DCS that a child is a child in need of services, but before petitioning the juvenile court for a dispositional decree or implementing a program of informal adjustment, DCS may enter into a voluntary service referral agreement with the child’s parent, guardian, or custodian. Under the terms of the agreement, the parent, guardian, or custodian shall successfully participate in and complete any family or rehabilitative services recommended by the department. If a person who enters into an agreement under this subsection fails to substantially carry out the terms of the agreement DCS shall terminate the agreement. DCS shall provide notice to the juvenile court of any voluntary service referral agreement.

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