(a) In implementing the Division‘s role in protecting the safety and well-being of infants with prenatal substance exposure, upon receipt of a notification under § 903B of this title, the Division shall do all of the following:

(1) Determine if the case requires an investigation or family assessment.

(2) Develop a Plan of Safe Care.

(3) Provide copies of the Plan of Safe Care to all agencies and providers involved in the care or treatment of the infant with prenatal substance exposure and affected family or caregiver.

(4) Implement and monitor the provisions of the Plan of Safe Care.

Terms Used In Delaware Code Title 16 Sec. 905B

  • Child: means a person who has not reached the age of 18 years. See Delaware Code Title 6 Sec. 4307
  • Contract: A legal written agreement that becomes binding when signed.
  • Division: is a s defined in § 902 of this title. See Delaware Code Title 15 Sec. 3106
  • Infant: means a person who has not reached the age of 18 years. See Delaware Code Title 6 Sec. 4307
  • Infant with prenatal substance exposure: means a child not more than 1 year of age who is born with and identified as being affected by substance abuse or withdrawal symptoms or a fetal alcohol spectrum disorder. See Delaware Code Title 15 Sec. 3106
  • Internal information system: is a s defined in § 902 of this title. See Delaware Code Title 15 Sec. 3106
  • Investigation Coordinator: is a s defined in § 902 of this title. See Delaware Code Title 15 Sec. 3106
  • Plan: means a written or electronic plan to ensure the safety and well-being of an infant with prenatal substance exposure following the release from the care of a health-care provider by addressing the health and substance use treatment needs of the infant and affected family or caregiver, and monitoring these plans to ensure appropriate referrals are made and services are delivered to the infant and affected family or caregiver. See Delaware Code Title 15 Sec. 3106

(b) For any case accepted by the Division for investigation or family assessment, the Division may contract for services to comply with §§ 906 and 905B of this title.

(c) For cases that are not accepted by the Division for investigation or family assessment, or those cases accepted for family assessment where the report does not involve a multidisciplinary case under § 906(e)(3) of this title, but that still meet the definition of an infant with prenatal substance exposure, the Division shall contract for services to do any of the following:

(1) Protect the safety and well-being of the infant with prenatal substance exposure following release from the care of health-care providers while preserving the family unit whenever the safety of the infant is not jeopardized.

(2) Develop a Plan of Safe Care.

(3) Provide copies of the Plan of Safe Care to all agencies and providers involved in the care or treatment of the infant with prenatal substance exposure and affected family or caregiver.

(4) Implement and monitor the provisions of the Plan of Safe Care.

(5) Provide a final report to the Division to assist the Division in complying with § 906B of this title.

(d) For any case referred for contracted services under this chapter, the contractor shall immediately notify the Division if it determines that an investigation is required or is otherwise appropriate under § 906 of this title. The contracted staff who have conducted the assessment may remain involved in the provision of services to the child and family as appropriate.

(e) In implementing the Investigation Coordinator‘s role in ensuring the safety and well-being of infants with prenatal substance exposure, the Investigation Coordinator, or the Investigation Coordinator’s staff, shall have electronic access and the authority to track within the Department’s internal information system each notification of an infant with prenatal substance exposure.

81 Del. Laws, c. 257, § 1.;