RCPA - Rehabilitation and Community Providers Association


Child Protective Services Changes on the Way
June 12, 2014

Over the past several months Pennsylvania has passed 22 new laws or amendments to current laws that will significantly impact child protective services and make an estimated one million adults in the state mandated reporters. RCPA staff and members serve on the Department of Public Welfare (DPW) Implementation Team that will be developing guidance and training for the employees and volunteers in community provider organizations, county agencies, schools, faith communities, youth sports, and other youth oriented organizations. RCPA will work with the Office of Children, Youth and Families to keep members informed of changes, significant areas of provider impact, training opportunities, and advances in the child abuse reporting systems underway. As an informational reference for the DPW Implementation Team and other interested parties, the department has created and will update an extensive (currently 110 slides) PowerPoint presentation and other key documents. RCPA will continually update the DPW document and make it available from the web site. For more information about the development of guidance contact Connell O’Brien.

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