Utah Child and Family Service Amendments (HB 418)
This law was last updated on Sep 6, 2018
HB 418 would makes amendments to Utah law related to fetal exposure to a controlled or illegal substance.
Definition of Terms
The bill would amend the definition of “child” for the provision of child-welfare services. The amended definition of the term “child” would be:
- an individual under 18 years old; or
- the ‘unborn child’ of a pregnant person who:
- during pregnancy, uses an illegal drug or uses more of a prescribed medication than is directed by the prescription; and
- is within 30 days of the day on which the ‘unborn child’ is due to be born.
In-Home Services for a Pregnant Person
The bill would provide for in-home services for a pregnant person who has used an illegal drug or has used more of a prescribed medication than is directed by the prescription. The pregnant person may decline such services.
Services may include:
- any applicable services currently described in the provision of child-welfare services;
- a referral for a substance use disorder assessment;
- a referral to a substance use disorder treatment program;
- a referral for prenatal care;
- education regarding the impact of a substance use disorder on the “unborn child”; and
- education regarding the implications if the pregnant person’s child is born with fetal alcohol syndrome, fetal alcohol spectrum disorder, or fetal drug dependency.
The bill would amend the provision of child abuse or neglect reporting requirements to require any person, including licensed medical professionals, to immediately notify the division when they have reason to believe that a pregnant person has used an illegal drug or has overused a prescription drug during pregnancy.