Title: Section 507.1 - General responsibilities for health supervision and
Section 507.1 General responsibilities for health supervision and medical care for children. (a) It is the responsibility of the local social services district to provide for comprehensive medical services for children in foster care and to assure the availability and encourage the utilization of such services for children receiving services under a public assistance program. This responsibility will be jointly shared by the medical assistance unit and the children's services and public assistance staffs.
(b) Administratively, the provision of medical care for children must be carried out in accordance with other provisions of this Subchapter and section 43.6 of this Title.
(c) For children in foster care, health supervision is a continuing responsibility of the children's services caseworker and medical assistance staff of the local social services district. Such responsibility includes:
(1) procuring, recording and maintaining information regarding the health history, current health status, and health care needs of the children in care;
(2) arranging for periodic medical and dental examinations according to the following schedule:
(i) for children aged 0-1 years: at 2-4 weeks; 2-3 months; 4-5 months; 6-7 months; 9-10 months;
(ii) for children aged 1-6 years: at 12-13 months; 14-15 months; 16-19 months; 23-25 months; 3 years; 4 years; 5 years; and
(iii) for children aged 6-21 years: at 6 years; 8-9 years; 10-11 years; 12-13 years; 14-15 years; 16-17 years; 18-19 years; 20 years;
(3) arranging for periodic medical and dental examinations that must follow current recommended medical practice and be consistent with the needs of the child as determined by the child's physician. Every examination must include the following as appropriate by age:
(i) a comprehensive health and developmental history;
(ii) a comprehensive unclothed physical examination;
(iii) an assessment of immunization status and provision of immunizations as necessary;
(iv) an appropriate vision assessment;
(v) an appropriate hearing assessment;
(vi) laboratory tests as appropriate for specific age groups or because the child presents a history or symptoms indicating such tests are necessary;
(vii) dental care screening and/or referral. All children up to age three should have their mouths examined at each medical examination and where appropriate should be referred for dental care. All children three years of age or over must have a dental examination by a dentist annually and must be provided with any dental care as needed; and
(viii) observation for child abuse and maltreatment which, if suspected, must be reported to the State Central Register of Child Abuse and Maltreatment as mandated by section 413 of the Social Services Law;
(4) for a child who is eligible for medical assistance, notifying the foster parent(s), or the institution, group residence, group home, or agency boarding home where the child is residing, in writing within 60 days of acceptance of the child into foster care of the availability of child/teen health plan services (C/THP) and providing upon request the names and locations of providers offering examinations, diagnosis and treatment to children eligible for C/THP. All families eligible for C/THP services must also be informed at least annually of the availability of such services in accordance with section 508.4 of this Title;
(5) informing foster parents that assistance is available in scheduling appointments with and providing transportation to providers of medical care on behalf of their foster children if such assistance is requested;
(6) consulting with physicians, dentists, psychologists and other professional staff, as appropriate, regarding the significance of information and findings;
(7) determining actions to be taken to carry out treatment recommendations;
(8) in accordance with section 463.2 of this Title, advising in writing each foster parent providing care to an adolescent who is 12 years of age or over of the availability for such child of social, educational and medical family planning services;
(9) providing or arranging, in accordance with section 463.2 of this Title, requested family planning services within 30 days of such request; and
(10) when a child-caring agency is authorized by a local social services district to offer family planning services to a foster child who is 12 years of age or over in accordance with section 463.2 of this Title, monitoring the provision of information and services and assuring that reports and data on such services are included in the uniform case record.
(d) For a child receiving services under a public assistance program, the local social services district is responsible for making available prompt and adequate medical and dental examinations and treatment in accordance with Part 508 of this Title, and in educating the parent(s), guardian or other relative caring for the child on the necessity for health supervision of the child.
(e) Records. (1) For a child placed in foster care, Form DSS-711, Child's Medical Record, or an appropriate physician's medical record form must be used to report the results of the initial physical examination and also must be maintained as a continuous and permanent medical history of the child. For a child placed in the care of a voluntary agency for whom the local social services district has responsibility, the voluntary agency must maintain a continuous and permanent medical and dental history and the local social services district must maintain a copy of such history in its files.
(2) Form DSS-704, Medical Report on Mother and Infant, must be used to record the child's birth history, as available from the appropriate hospital, for each preschool child placed in foster care, either in the direct care of the local social services district or in the care of voluntary agencies. Such form must be included in the uniform case record as part of the continuous medical history for the child.
(3) Form DSS-3306, Progress Notes, must be maintained in the uniform case record by the agency providing care to the child and must include a summary of activities related to medical and dental appointments, examinations and services, including records of referrals as specified in section 428.5 of this Title.
(4) For children receiving public assistance, all medical reports from physicians or other sources must be maintained in the case record so that a continuous medical history may be available at all times.
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