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 nonpublic school with less than one employee, without parental consent if: (1) the DCS employee presents their credentials upon arrival at the school; and (2) DCS presents a written statement that DCS has parental consent, a court order, or exigent circumstances.
  • Requires that the written statement shall not be maintained in the child’s file and must protect the child’s andchild’s family’s confidentiality.
  • Mandates that DCS provide assurances that the child’s school, or its representative, has been invited to participate in the case plan process.

Read the bill at: http://iga.in.gov/legislative/2021/bills/house/1531