Bill Title: Addressing Threats of harm to children

Committee: Health and Human Services, Youth & Early Learning
Companion Bill: none

Bill Summary:

  • AN ACT Relating to addressing threats of harm to children by modifying the child removal standard related to another person’s use or possession of a high potency synthetic opioid, modifying home visiting programs, and modifying the risk assessment process for at-risk families; amending RCW 13.34.130, 26.44.030, 43.216.130,  43.216.157, and 43.216.159; reenacting and amending RCW 13.34.030 and 13.34.065; creating new sections; and providing an expiration date.

What the Bill says:

  • It adds opioids and specifically Fentynal to the language regarding child removal from parents homes. It requires a 3 year review minimum to continue the “fostering” status. It removes privatized funding for home visit programs and completely funds these visits with state based funding. 

What the bill means:

  • It protects children from accidental ingestion and exposure of these drugs. 

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