New Jersey Revised Statutes § 30:1-15.3 - Rules, Regulations Prescribed By The Commissioner Of Human Services Concerning Out-of-state Placements For Children.

30:1-15.3 Rules, regulations prescribed by the Commissioner of Human Services concerning out-of-State placements for children.

3. a. The Commissioner of Human Services, pursuant to the "Administrative Procedure Act," P.L.1968, c.410 (C.52:14B-1 et seq.) and within 180 days after the effective date of this act, shall adopt rules and regulations that prescribe standards for the placement of children from this State in out-of-State residential schools and programs, and shall include the following:

(1)Except as provided in paragraph (2) of this subsection, prior to entering into a contract with or licensing an out-of-State residential school or program, the Department of Human Services shall conduct an evaluation and inspection of the school or program, which shall include a site visit and such other means, as established by the rules and regulations, to evaluate the school or program. The department may conduct its own inspection or contract with another entity to perform the inspection;

(2)In the case of the need for an emergency placement in an out-of-State residential school or program, the department shall ensure that the school or program meets the applicable rules and regulations within 30 days after the placement. If the school or program does not meet the rules and regulations within the 30-day period, the department shall find an alternate school or program that does meet them;

(3)The department shall include in its contract with an out-of-State residential school or program the authority to conduct unannounced inspections of the school or program;

(4)The department shall include on its official website a list of out-of-State residential schools and programs that the department licenses or contracts with; and

(5)The department shall share with the Department of Children and Families reports it receives concerning any accidents, unusual incidents as defined by applicable rules and regulations, or incidents involving suspected abuse or neglect at an out-of-State residential school or program.

b.The department, within 18 months after the adoption of rules and regulations pursuant to subsection a. of this section, shall report to the Governor, and to the Legislature pursuant to section 2 of P.L.1991, c.164 (C.52:14-19.1), on the implementation of the provisions of this section and the department's efforts to expand the State's capacity to provide in-State residential schools and programs and reduce out-of-State placements.

L.2007, c.286, s.3.

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