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SF 1182

1st Engrossment - 92nd Legislature (2021 - 2022) Posted on 11/09/2021 01:06pm

KEY: stricken = removed, old language.
underscored = added, new language.
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A bill for an act
relating to child welfare; modifying requirements for reporting prenatal substance
use; amending Minnesota Statutes 2020, section 260E.31, subdivision 1.

BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MINNESOTA:

Section 1.

Minnesota Statutes 2020, section 260E.31, subdivision 1, is amended to read:


Subdivision 1.

Reports required.

(a) Except as provided in paragraph (b), a person
mandated to report under this chapter shall immediately report to the local welfare agency
if the person knows or has reason to believe that a woman is pregnant and has used a
controlled substance for a nonmedical purpose during the pregnancy, including but not
limited to tetrahydrocannabinol, or has consumed alcoholic beverages during the pregnancy
in any way that is habitual or excessive.

(b) A health care professional or a social service professional who is mandated to report
under this chapter is exempt from reporting under paragraph (a) deleted text begina woman's use or
consumption of tetrahydrocannabinol or alcoholic beverages during pregnancy
deleted text end if the
professional is providing new text beginor collaborating with other professionals to provide new text endthe woman
with prenatal carenew text begin, postpartum care,new text end or other health care servicesnew text begin, including care of the
woman's infant
new text end. new text beginIf the woman does not continue to receive regular prenatal or postpartum
care, after the woman's health care professional has made attempts to contact the woman,
then the professional is required to report under paragraph (a).
new text end

(c) Any person may make a voluntary report if the person knows or has reason to believe
that a woman is pregnant and has used a controlled substance for a nonmedical purpose
during the pregnancy, including but not limited to tetrahydrocannabinol, or has consumed
alcoholic beverages during the pregnancy in any way that is habitual or excessive.

(d) An oral report shall be made immediately by telephone or otherwise. An oral report
made by a person required to report shall be followed within 72 hours, exclusive of weekends
and holidays, by a report in writing to the local welfare agency. Any report shall be of
sufficient content to identify the pregnant woman, the nature and extent of the use, if known,
and the name and address of the reporter. The local welfare agency shall accept a report
made under paragraph (c) notwithstanding refusal by a voluntary reporter to provide the
reporter's name or address as long as the report is otherwise sufficient.

(e) For purposes of this section, "prenatal care" means the comprehensive package of
medical and psychological support provided throughout the pregnancy.