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Act 203 of 1994

722.954c Release of child's medical records; medical passport; contents; transfer; performance of assessment or psychological evaluation; medical examination.

Sec. 4c.

(1) The supervising agency shall obtain from the parent, guardian, or custodian of each child who is placed in its care the name and address of the child's medical provider and a signed document for the release of the child's medical records. The supervising agency shall require that a child's medical provider remain constant while the child is in foster care, unless the child's current primary medical provider is a managed care health plan or unless doing so would create an unreasonable burden for the relative, foster parent, or other custodian.

(2) The supervising agency shall develop a medical passport for each child who comes under its care. The medical passport shall contain all of the following:

(a) All medical information required by policy or law to be provided to foster parents.

(b) Basic medical history.

(c) A record of all immunizations.

(d) Any other information concerning the child's physical and mental health.

(3) Each foster care worker who transfers a child's medical passport to another foster care worker shall sign and date the passport, verifying that he or she has sought and obtained the necessary information required under subsection (2) and any additional information required under department policy. The supervising agency shall provide a copy of each medical passport and updates as required by the department for maintenance in a central location.

(4) If a child under the care of a supervising agency has suffered sexual abuse, serious physical abuse, or mental illness, the supervising agency shall have an experienced and licensed mental health professional as defined under MCL 330.1100b(14)(a) or (b) or a social worker certified under section 1606 of the occupational code, 1980 PA 299, MCL 339.1606, who is trained in children's psychological assessments perform an assessment or psychological evaluation of the child. The costs of the assessment or evaluation shall be borne by the supervising agency. This subsection applies only to a child who is made a state ward on or after the effective date of the amendatory act that added this section.

(5) A child's supervising agency shall ensure that the child receives a medical examination when the child is first placed in foster care. One objective of this examination is to provide a record of the child's medical and physical status upon entry into foster care.

History: Add. 1997, Act 172, Eff. Mar. 31, 1998