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R512. Human Services, Child and Family Services.

Rule R512-200. Child Protective Services, Intake Services.

As in effect on April 1, 2019

Table of Contents

R512-200-1. Purpose and Authority.

(1) The purpose of Intake Services is:

(a) To receive and evaluate whether an investigation is needed;

(b) Assign for investigation referrals of suspected child abuse, neglect, and dependency.

(2) Pursuant to Section 62A-4a-105 and 62A-4a-403, Child and Family Services is authorized to provide CPS.

(3) This rule is authorized by Section 62A-4a-102.

R512-200-2. Definitions.

(1) The following terms are defined for the purposes of this rule:

(a) "Child and Family Services" means the Division of Child and Family Services.

(b) "CPS" means Child Protective Services.

(c) "SAFE" means Child and Family Services' Child Welfare Management Information System.

R512-200-3. Scope of Services.

(1) Qualification for Services.

(a) Child and Family Services will maintain a system for receiving referrals or reports about child abuse, neglect, or dependency. The system shall supply Child and Family Services CPS workers with a complete previous Child and Family Services history for each child, including siblings, foster care episodes, all reports of abuse, neglect, or dependency, treatment plans, and casework deadlines.

(2) Priority of the referral.

(a) Child and Family Services establishes CPS priority time frames as follows:

(i) A Priority 1 response shall be assigned when the child referred is in need of immediate protection. Intake will begin to collect information immediately after the completion of the initial contact from the referent. As soon as possible thereafter, Intake will obtain additional information, staff the referral to determine the priority, notify law enforcement, and assign to the Child and Family Services CPS worker. Intake shall provide the Child and Family Services CPS worker with information concerning prior investigations on SAFE. The Child and Family Services CPS worker has as a standard of 60 minutes from the time Intake notifies the worker to initiate efforts to make face-to-face contact with an alleged victim. For a Priority 1R (rural) referral, a Child and Family Services CPS worker has, as a standard, three hours to initiate efforts to make face-to-face contact if the alleged victim is more than 40 miles from the investigator who is assigned to make the face-to-face contact.

(ii) A Priority 2 response shall be assigned when physical evidence is at risk of being lost or the child is at risk of further abuse, neglect, or dependency, but the child does not have immediate protection and safety needs, as determined by the Intake checklist. Intake will begin to collect information as soon as possible after the completion of the initial contact from the referent. As soon as possible Intake will obtain additional information, staff the referral to determine the priority, assign the referral to the Child and Family Services CPS worker, and notify law enforcement. Intake shall give verbal notification to the assigned Child and Family Services CPS worker. Intake shall also provide the Child and Family Services CPS worker with information concerning prior investigations on SAFE. The Child and Family Services CPS worker has, as a standard, 24 hours from the time Intake notifies the worker to initiate efforts to make face-to-face contact with the alleged victim.

(iii) A Priority 3 response shall be assigned when potential for further harm to the child and the loss of physical evidence is low. Prior to transferring the case to a Child and Family Services CPS worker, Intake will obtain additional information, research data sources, staff the referral as necessary, determine the priority, complete documentation including data entry, make disposition to CPS, and notify law enforcement. Intake shall also provide the Child and Family Services CPS worker with information concerning prior investigations on SAFE. The Child and Family Services CPS worker will make the face-to-face contact with the alleged victim by the end of the third business day.

(3) If Child and Family Services received a report concerning a runaway child, Intake will gather information to determine if there is an allegation of abuse, neglect, or dependency that requires a CPS referral or will refer the caller to contact a youth services agency in accordance with Section 62A-4a-501.

(4) Out-of-State Abuse or Neglect Report.

(a) Child and Family Services will take reasonable steps to ensure that reports of abuse or neglect are referred for investigation to the appropriate out-of-state agency and shall take reasonable steps to adequately protect children in Utah who were victims of abuse in another state or country from the alleged perpetrator.

(b) When the referent identifies an incident of abuse or neglect that occurred outside Utah but the child is in Utah at the time of the referral, the Child and Family Services CPS worker shall:

(i) Obtain all the information needed to complete a referral.

(ii) Determine whether the child is at risk of abuse or neglect from the alleged perpetrator.

(iii) Contact the CPS agency in the state where the incident of abuse occurred and complete the referral process of that state.

(iv) Assign the referral to a Child and Family Services CPS worker for a courtesy interview and coordination with the other state's investigation, when requested.

(v) In domestic violence related child abuse cases, recognize another state's protective order.

(5) When a referent identifies an incident of abuse or neglect that occurred in Utah, and the child is not in Utah at the time of the referral, the Intake worker shall:

(a) Obtain all the information needed to complete a referral.

(b) Determine the location of the child and the length of time the child will be at their current location. If the child will be outside the state of Utah longer than 30 days, a request for courtesy casework will be made in the state where the child is currently located.

(c) If the child is determined to be at risk, a request will be made for courtesy casework within the priority time frame.

(6) The Department of Health Child Care Licensing unit and/or the Department of Human Services Office of Licensing and appropriate Child and Family Services staff shall be notified by Intake when Child and Family Services receives a referral for an allegation of child abuse, neglect, or dependency against a licensed child care provider or out-of-home care provider. The referral shall be forwarded to the assigned personnel for conflict of interest investigations when the allegation involves a child living in substitute care while in protective custody or temporary custody of Child and Family Services, or any other Child and Family Services conflict of interest in accordance with Section 62A-4a-202.6.

(7) Availability.

(a) CPS are available in all geographic regions of the state.

KEY

social services, child welfare, domestic violence, child abuse

Date of Enactment or Last Substantive Amendment

September 22, 2015

Notice of Continuation

February 15, 2018

Authorizing, Implemented, or Interpreted Law

62A-4a-102; 62A-4a-105; 62A-4a-202.6


Additional Information

Contact

For questions regarding the content or application of rules under Title R512, please contact the promulgating agency (Human Services, Child and Family Services). A list of agencies with links to their homepages is available at http://www.utah.gov/government/agencylist.html or from http://www.rules.utah.gov/contact/agencycontacts.htm.