2010 Arkansas Code
Title 9 - Family Law
Subtitle 1 - General Provisions
Chapter 5 - Arkansas Child Safety Center Act
§ 9-5-106 - Disbursement of funds.

9-5-106. Disbursement of funds.

(a) The Arkansas Child Abuse/Rape/Domestic Violence Commission may disburse money appropriated from the Arkansas Children's Advocacy Center Fund exclusively for the following purposes:

(1) To satisfy contractual obligations made to perform its duties under this section;

(2) To make grants to child safety centers that meet the requirements of this section; and

(3) To compensate the commission or its designee for administration costs associated with the performance of duties under this chapter.

(b) (1) The commission may disburse funds, to the extent appropriated and available, from the Arkansas Children's Advocacy Center Fund to a qualified medical entity or a qualified mental health entity for education, peer review, and consultation to medical service examiners and mental health service examiners qualified under this section for children interviewed and examined at the child safety centers.

(2) A medical entity selected shall have physicians who:

(A) Have:

(i) Subspecialty training in pediatric medicine, emergency medicine, pediatric gynecology, family practice, or obstetrics and gynecology; and

(ii) Specialized training in the evaluation of child sexual abuse cases;

(B) Provide initial evaluations of allegedly abused and assaulted children and adolescents, perform second opinion examinations for less experienced examiners, and review photographs and videotapes for other examiners;

(C) Hold a teaching position or a faculty position at a college of medicine and provide training and workshops on child sexual abuse-related issues;

(D) Hold membership in professional organizations on child abuse-related and neglect-related issues;

(E) Work for or are affiliated with a regional center for the medical evaluation of allegedly sexually abused children; and

(F) Regularly testify in cases of alleged child sexual abuse.

(3) A mental health entity shall have professionals who:

(A) Are licensed mental health professionals;

(B) Have:

(i) Specialized training in assessment and treatment of children and families; and

(ii) Specialized training in trauma and child abuse;

(C) Provide assessment and treatment of allegedly abused children and adolescents;

(D) Provide consultation and training for other providers and multidisciplinary teams;

(E) Hold a teaching or faculty position;

(F) Hold membership in professional organizations on child abuse-related and neglect-related issues;

(G) Work for or are affiliated with a regional center for the medical evaluation of allegedly sexually abused children; and

(H) Regularly testify in cases of alleged child sexual abuse.

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