FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 3, 2015
CONTACT: Bill Bird @ 916-651-4029
Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act to Governor
SB 478 Will Lead to Faster Reporting of Possible Neglect or Abuse
SACRAMENTO: Legislation authored by Senator Bob Huff (R-San Dimas) that will lead to faster reports of possible child abuse and neglect cases passed its final test in the State Senate today, and will be sent to the Governor for his signature consideration. SB 478, sponsored by Los Angeles County and the County Welfare Directors Association, would amend current state law to allow specified mandated reporters to make initial reports of non-emergency child abuse or neglect to the Child Protection Agency through a detailed and comprehensive online report.
“This is a measure that is long overdue,” said Senator Huff. “Cumbersome wait times on the phone hinder reporting and timely investigations. Under current law, a mandated reporter must make an initial report of child abuse or neglect to the Child Protection Agency by telephone. Yet these mandated reporters have often been stuck on hold for periods of 45 minutes to several hours, and must call back if they can’t get through.” Continue reading