As the Governor has previously stated, he will ask the legislature to consider four bills on the state’s child protective services system in response to two high-profile child abuse cases during the past year. One of the four bills, L.D. 1919, is of particular interest to the medical community because it would make a “failure to report” a potential indicator of child abuse or neglect by a so-called “mandated reporter” a Class E crime.
The 128th Maine Legislature last convened at the State House on July 9th, but did not adjourn sine die its First Special Session on that date. Legislators returned to their districts until called back by the legislature’s presiding officers. A package of bills addressing the state’s child protective services system from the Governor has been anticipated.
The four bills are:
The four bills have been referred to the legislature’s Joint Standing Committee on Health & Human Services and that committee will hold a public hearing on the bills beginning at 9:30 a.m. on Monday, August 27th in Room 209 of the Cross State Office Building. The Committee has scheduled a work session on the bills for 2:00 p.m. that same day. The House and Senate will be in session on Thursday, August 30th when we expect them to debate these bills.
Because of the compressed time frame, we have decided not to convene a conference call of the MMA Legislative Committee, but we would value your feedback. You may contact Gordon Smith, EVP, at [email protected] or 207-215-7461 (cell), or Andrew MacLean, Deputy EVP & General Counsel, at [email protected] or 207-215-7462 (cell).
You also can participate in the legislature’s consideration of these bills by contacting members of the HHS Committee through the committee link above, and/or contacting your own legislators using the “town list.”
As always, the MMA staff is available to help you with submission of testimony whether you can attend the hearing on Monday or not.
The legislature’s Office of Program Evaluation & Governmental Accountability (OPEGA) has reviewed the two cases and you can find its report here. You also can find a summary of other state law penalties on “failure to report” here.
Friday, October 19, 2018 from 7:00 AM to 4:30 PM EDT
DoubleTree Hotel by Hilton Portland, Maine
363 Maine Mall Road
Portland, ME 04106
For Immigrants, refugees, or asylum seekers, leaving their countries to come to the United States is only the beginning of their struggles. For mental health and medical providers to be effective, we need to understand and address the mental and physical stressors that arose from their displacement and beyond.
This program will give participants a greater understanding of the multiple challenges these groups face, the impact on physical and mental health their journeys can have, and provide guidance for how best to care for this unique population.
If you want to be prepared to treat or work with these groups, then this is the program for you. Just click on the link below to register or to RSVP.
Year Around Event (2018)
DoubleTree by Hilton
363 Main Mall Road, South Portland, ME