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NYS MANDATED REPORTING

OF

 CHILD ABUSE & NEGLECT 

 

 

 

NEW YORK STATE LAW

Effective February 1, 2002, a change in 413 of the Social Services Law was implemented to require certified EMS workers (not including Certified First Responders) to serve as Mandated Reporters of suspected child abuse or maltreatment.  Estimating that 1,000,000 cases of child abuse are confirmed each year (that is an approximate death rate of 3 children a day) in the United States alone, intervention as early as the Pre-Hospital level may be vital in protecting the rights of your pediatric patients.

10NYCRR Part 800.21(p)(11)(ii) requires all ambulance services to have and enforce a written policy regarding child abuse.  Agency policies need to address Prehospital Care Report (PCR) documentation, Emergency Room staff notification, contacting the NYS Child Abuse and Maltreatment Register, and the completion of form DSS-2221-A.

New York State DOH has not mandated a specific curriculum or specialized course for child abuse, however the NYS Office of Children and Family Services (OCFS) has developed an on-line program for Mandated Report training.  While not specific to EMS, it will help to educate EMTs regarding their legal obligations under the law. (http://nysmandatedreporter.org/ )

 

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"METH" LABS & MANDATED CHILD ABUSE REPORTERS

In November 2005, legislation was enacted concerning the recognition of clandestine methamphetamine laboratories.  This law requires certain employers to provide information to their employees on recognizing these unlawful and hazardous drug factories.  It also stipulates that if a NYS Mandated Child Abuse and Neglect Reporter comes across one of these operations, a report to the Child Abuse Central Registry must be filed if it is suspected that children may be present at the site.  As NYS Mandated Reporters, this law applies to EMTs of ALLlevels. 

A brochure that has important information for emergency responders impacted by this law can be found going to the following website:

http://www.oasas.state.ny.us/meth/documents/MethTrifold.pdf

 

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IMPORTANT PHONE NUMBERS

New York State Central Child Abuse & Maltreatment Register (SCR)

Mandated Reporters ONLY
1-800-635-1522

Non-Mandated Reporters
 (also to be used for "off duty" mandated reporters)

1-800-342-3720

Westchester County Child Protective Services
(914) 995-6054
(Weekdays 9am-4pm)

(914) 995-2099
(4pm-9am & Weekends / Holidays)

 

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REPORTING FORM (MANDATED REPORTERS ONLY)

This form must be completed and submitted within 48 hours of the telephone report:

(Links to NYS Office of Children and Family Services)

The 2 original signed copies of the reporting form must be mailed to the Child Protective Service (CPS) Office having jurisdiction.  In Westchester County:

  • Westchester County Child Protective Services Program Office
    112 East Post Rd
    White Plains, NY 10601
     

 

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ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

New York State Department of Health Bureau of Emergency Medical Services (NYSDOH BEMS):

New York State Office of Children and Family Services (OCFS)

Westchester County Child Protective Services Program

 

If any agency needs assistance in training or policy development, please contact the Regional EMS Office at (914) 231-1616, or wremsco@wremsco.com

 

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