2020 Arkansas Code
Title 12 - Law Enforcement, Emergency Management, and Military Affairs
Subtitle 2 - Law Enforcement Agencies and Programs
Chapter 18 - Child Maltreatment Act
Subchapter 3 - Child Abuse Hotline
§ 12-18-310. Referrals on children born with and affected by fetal alcohol spectrum disorder or prenatal drug exposure to an illegal drug or a legal substance

Universal Citation: AR Code § 12-18-310 (2020)
  1. (a) All healthcare providers involved in the delivery or care of infants shall:

    1. (1) Contact the Department of Human Services regarding an infant born with and affected by:

      1. (A) A fetal alcohol spectrum disorder;

      2. (B) Maternal substance abuse resulting in prenatal drug exposure to an illegal or a legal substance; or

      3. (C) Withdrawal symptoms resulting from prenatal drug exposure to an illegal or a legal substance; and

    2. (2) Share all pertinent information, including health information, with the department regarding an infant born with and affected by:

      1. (A) A fetal alcohol spectrum disorder;

      2. (B) Maternal substance abuse resulting in prenatal drug exposure to an illegal or a legal substance; or

      3. (C) Withdrawal symptoms resulting from prenatal drug exposure to an illegal or a legal substance.

  2. (b) The department shall accept referrals, calls, and other communications from healthcare providers involved in the delivery or care of infants born with and affected by:

    1. (1) A fetal alcohol spectrum disorder;

    2. (2) Maternal substance abuse resulting in prenatal drug exposure to an illegal or a legal substance; or

    3. (3) Withdrawal symptoms resulting from prenatal drug exposure to an illegal or a legal substance.

  3. (c)

    1. (1) A plan of safe care shall be developed for infants affected by:

      1. (A) A fetal alcohol spectrum disorder;

      2. (B) Maternal substance abuse resulting in prenatal drug exposure to an illegal or a legal substance; or

      3. (C) Withdrawal symptoms resulting from prenatal drug exposure to an illegal or a legal substance.

    2. (2)

      1. (A) The plan of safe care shall be designed to ensure the safety and well-being of an infant following the release of the infant from the care of a healthcare provider.

      2. (B) A plan of safe care shall include content that addresses the health and substance use disorder treatment needs of the infant and affected family or caregiver.

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