Act No. 14

Public Acts of 2001

Approved by the Governor

June 5, 2001

Filed with the Secretary of State

June 6, 2001

EFFECTIVE DATE: September 1, 2001




Introduced by Reps. Sanborn, Cassis, Stewart, Van Woerkom, Middaugh, Kooiman, Mortimer, Rocca, Ehardt, Kolb, Mead and Richner

Reps. Adamini, Anderson, Basham, Bernero, Bisbee, Bogardus, Bob Brown, Cameron Brown, Callahan, Caul, Clarke, DeRossett, DeVuyst, Faunce, Frank, Garza, George, Gieleghem, Gosselin, Hale, Hansen, Hardman, Hart, Howell, Jacobs, Jamnick, Jelinek, Julian, Koetje, Kowall, Kuipers, Lemmons, Lipsey, Lockwood, Mans, Meyer, Murphy, Neumann, O'Neil, Pappageorge, Patterson, Pestka, Phillips, Pumford, Reeves, Richardville, Rivet, Schauer, Schermesser, Scranton, Shackleton, Sheltrown, Shulman, Spade, Stallworth, Stamas, Switalski, Tabor, Thomas, Toy, Vander Roest, Vander Veen, Voorhees, Waters, Whitmer, Williams, Wojno, Woodward and Zelenko named co-sponsors


AN ACT to amend 1939 PA 280, entitled "An act to protect the welfare of the people of this state; to provide general assistance, hospitalization, infirmary and medical care to poor or unfortunate persons; to provide for compliance by this state with the social security act; to provide protection, welfare and services to aged persons, dependent children, the blind, and the permanently and totally disabled; to administer programs and services for the prevention and treatment of delinquency, dependency and neglect of children; to create a state department of social services; to prescribe the powers and duties of the department; to provide for the interstate and intercounty transfer of dependents; to create county and district departments of social services; to create within certain county departments, bureaus of social aid and certain divisions and offices thereunder; to prescribe the powers and duties of the departments, bureaus and officers; to provide for appeals in certain cases; to prescribe the powers and duties of the state department with respect to county and district departments; to prescribe certain duties of certain other state departments, officers, and agencies; to make an appropriation; to prescribe penalties for the violation of the provisions of this act; and to repeal certain parts of this act on specific dates," (MCL 400.1 to 400.119b) by adding section 115q.

The People of the State of Michigan enact:

Sec. 115q. (1) The department shall develop, implement, and provide a training program to each department employee who is required to perform a field investigation or home visit. The training program shall include both of the following:

(a) Mandatory training on defusing threatening behavior.

(b) Mandatory training on how to perform a safe investigation or home visit and recognize a potentially dangerous situation.

(2) If a department employee who is required to perform a field investigation or home visit has documented a risk that leads to a reasonable apprehension regarding the safety of performing a field investigation or home visit, that employee shall complete the field investigation or home visit with another department employee who has been trained as required in subsection (1) or with a law enforcement officer.

Enacting section 1. This amendatory act takes effect September 1, 2001.

Enacting section 2. This amendatory act does not take effect unless all of the following bills of the 91st Legislature are enacted into law:

(a) Senate Bill No. 72.

(b) Senate Bill No. 73.


This act is ordered to take immediate effect.

Clerk of the House of Representatives.

Secretary of the Senate.