Section 12-15-502

Referral of multiple needs child case to county team.

After the filing of a petition alleging that a child is delinquent, dependent, or in need of supervision, or after the filing of a petition seeking mental commitment of a minor or child pursuant to Article 4, the juvenile court, on its own motion or motion of a party, may refer the above-referenced child to the county team for recommendation if the petition alleged or evidence reveals to the juvenile court that the child may be a multiple needs child. If the case involves a child in need of supervision, or a status offender as defined in subdivision (4) of Section 12-15-201, who is at imminent risk of being placed in the legal or physical custody of the Department of Human Resources, the juvenile court shall refer the case to the county team. This referral may occur prior to any hearing, or the juvenile court may suspend proceedings during the hearing or prior to disposition to review the findings and recommendations of the county team. Upon referral to the county children's services facilitation team, the juvenile probation officer shall continue to provide case management to the status offender unless the county children's services facilitation team appoints another person to act as case manager. The juvenile probation officer shall participate in county children's services facilitation team meetings and share records information and reports on the status offender with the county children's services facilitation team.

(Act 2008-277, p. 441, §25.)