House Bill No. 5933

Public Act No. 01-190

AN ACT CONCERNING THE CARE OF HIGH-RISK NEWBORNS.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Assembly convened:

(NEW) (a) Each birthing hospital shall provide education and training for nurses and other staff who care for high-risk newborns on the roles and responsibilities of such nurses and other staff as mandated reporters of potential child abuse and neglect under section 17a-101 of the general statutes.

(b) Not later than October 1, 2002, the Department of Children and Families shall adopt regulations, in accordance with the provisions of chapter 54 of the general statutes, on the procedures for the principal providers of daily direct care of high-risk newborns in birthing hospitals to participate in the discharge planning process and ongoing department functions concerning such newborns.

(c) For purposes of this section, "birthing hospital" means a health care facility, as defined in section 19a-630 of the general statutes, operated and maintained in whole or in part for the purpose of caring for women during delivery of a child and for women and their newborns following birth, and "high-risk newborn" means any newborn identified as such under any regulation or policy of the Department of Children and Families.

Approved July 11, 2001