Status Summary

First reading, referred to Human Services, Reentry & Rehabilitation on 1.21.19. Public hearing in the Senate Committee on Human Services, Reentry & Rehabilitation on 1.30.19. Executive action taken in the Senate Committee on Human Services, Reentry & Rehabilitation. 1st substitute bill substituted. Placed on Third Reading. Third reading, passed on 2.25.19. In the House: First reading and referred to Public Safety on 2.26.19. Public hearing in the House Committee on Public Safety on 3.18.19. Executive action taken in the House Committee on Public Safety on 3.26.19; majority pass. Referred to Rules 2 Review on 3.29.19. Rules Committee relieved of further consideration. Placed on second reading on 4.3.19. Passed by the House on 4.11.19. In the Senate: President signed on 4.12.19. In the House: Speaker signed on 4.15.19. Other than legislative action: Delivered to Governor on 4.16.19. Governor signed on 4.19.19. Chapter 82, 2019 Laws.  Effective date: 7/28/2019. (updated 5.3.19)

Legislative Session

2019

Status

In Progress

Sponsor

Cleveland

This act amends RCW 26.44.180 to include investigations regarding online and commercial sexual exploitation of minors, child fatality, child physical abuse, and criminal child neglect cases. Each agency investigating these cases must document its role and how it will coordinate with other local agencies or systems, while also requiring written protocols for handling of investigations.

These protocols shall also address the coordination of these criminal investigations among multidisciplinary child protection team members, including:

  • Representatives from the prosecutor’s office;
  • Law enforcement;
  • Children’s Protective Services;
  • Children’s advocacy centers;
  • Local advocacy groups;
  • Community sexual assault programs; and
  • Licensed physical and mental health practitioners.

SB 5461 includes a section added to RCW 26.44 which instructs that team members of a criminal child abuse investigation may share information and case planning with other participants in the multidisciplinary coordination, while being subjected to privacy and confidentiality obligations and penalties.  Furthermore, multidisciplinary child protection team members must execute a confidentiality agreement annually. 

Amendments:

This act amends RCW 26.44.180 to include investigations regarding online and commercial sexual exploitation of minors, child fatality, child physical abuse, and criminal child neglect cases. Each agency investigating these cases must document its role and how it will coordinate with other local agencies or systems, while also requiring written protocols for handling of investigations.

These protocols shall also address the coordination of these criminal investigations among multidisciplinary child protection team members, including:

  • Representatives from the prosecutor’s office;
  • Law enforcement;
  • Children’s Protective Services;
  • Children’s advocacy centers;
  • Local advocacy groups;
  • Community sexual assault programs; and
  • Licensed physical and mental health practitioners.

SB 5461 includes a section added to RCW 26.44 which instructs that team members of a criminal child abuse investigation may share information and case planning with other participants in the multidisciplinary coordination, while being subjected to privacy and confidentiality obligations and penalties.  Furthermore, multidisciplinary child protection team members must execute a confidentiality agreement annually.