CPL: MANDATED REPORTERS; EXPAND                                             H.B. 4880:

                                                                                         SUMMARY OF BILL

                                                                         REPORTED FROM COMMITTEE

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

House Bill 4880 (as reported without amendment)

Sponsor:  Representative Roger Hauck

House Committee:  Families, Children, and Seniors

Senate Committee:  Health Policy

 


CONTENT

 

The bill would amend the Child Protection Law to include physical therapists, physical therapist assistants, occupational therapists, and athletic trainers as mandated reporters.

 

The Law requires individuals in various professions or occupations to report to the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) if they have reasonable cause to suspect child abuse or child neglect. These individuals, commonly referred to as "mandated reporters", include medical professionals, marriage therapists, licensed counselors, social workers, social service technicians, law enforcement officers, members of the clergy, and regulated child care providers. The bill would include physical therapists, physical therapist assistants, occupational therapists, and athletic trainers in the list of mandated reporters.

 

MCL 722.623                                            Legislative Analyst:  Stephen Jackson

 

FISCAL IMPACT

 

The bill would have a negative fiscal impact on the DHHS. Because the bill would require athletic trainers, occupational therapists, physical therapists, and physical therapist assistants to report suspected child abuse or child neglect to Children's Protective Services (CPS) within the DHHS, there could be additional investigations. Children's Protective Services has the authority to investigate allegations of abuse or neglect by a caretaker of a child under the age of 18. If the allegation is made against someone other than a caretaker, then the investigative authority would rest with a law enforcement agency and could increase costs to local governments. In fiscal year 2019-20, the CPS investigated 70,242 cases of child abuse or neglect. Of the assigned investigations, 71.6%, or 50,293 cases, were reported by a mandatory reporter and 28.4%, or 19,949 cases, were reported by nonmandatory reporters.

 

Date Completed:  3-11-22                                      Fiscal Analyst:  John Maxwell

 

 

 

 

This analysis was prepared by nonpartisan Senate staff for use by the Senate in its deliberations and does not constitute an official statement of legislative intent.