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Health and Safety Code - HSC

DIVISION 106. PERSONAL HEALTH CARE (INCLUDING MATERNAL, CHILD, AND ADOLESCENT) [123100 - 125850]

  ( Division 106 added by Stats. 1995, Ch. 415, Sec. 8. )
  

PART 2. MATERNAL, CHILD, AND ADOLESCENT HEALTH [123225 - 124250]

  ( Part 2 added by Stats. 1995, Ch. 415, Sec. 8. )
  

CHAPTER 2. Maternal Health [123375 - 123640]

  ( Chapter 2 added by Stats. 1995, Ch. 415, Sec. 8. )
  

ARTICLE 4. Perinatal Health Care [123550 - 123611]
  ( Article 4 added by Stats. 1995, Ch. 415, Sec. 8. )

  
123605.  

(a)  Each county shall establish protocols between county health departments, county welfare departments, and all public and private hospitals in the county, regarding the application and use of an assessment of the needs of, and a referral for, a substance exposed infant to a county welfare department pursuant to Section 11165.13 of the Penal Code.

(b)  The assessment of the needs shall be performed by a health practitioner, as defined in Section 11165.8 of the Penal Code, or a medical social worker. The needs assessment shall be performed before the infant is released from the hospital.

(c)  The purpose of the assessment of the needs is to do all of the following:

(1)  Identify needed services for the mother, child, or family, including, where applicable, services to assist the mother caring for her child and services to assist maintaining children in their homes.

(2)  Determine the level of risk to the newborn upon release to the home and the corresponding level of services and intervention, if any, necessary to protect the newborn’s health and safety, including a referral to the county welfare department for child welfare services.

(3)  Gather data for information and planning purposes.

(Added by Stats. 1995, Ch. 415, Sec. 8. Effective January 1, 1996.)