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First Special Session of the 122nd

S.P. 72 - L.D. 219

An Act To Improve the Child Welfare Ombudsman Function

Be it enacted by the People of the State of Maine as follows:

     Sec. 1. 22 MRSA §4087-A, sub-§4, as amended by PL 2003, c. 20, Pt. EEE, §1, is further amended to read:

     4. Services. The program shall provide services directly or under contract. The first priority in the work of the program and any contract for ombudsman services must be case-specific advocacy services. In performing services under this section, the program, as it determines to be appropriate, may create and maintain records and case-specific reports. Any work on systems improvements or lobbying must be adjunctive to case-specific activities. The program may:

     Sec. 2. 22 MRSA §4087-A, sub-§6, as enacted by PL 2001, c. 439, Pt. X, §5, is repealed and the following enacted in its place:

     6. Confidentiality of records. Information held by or records or case-specific reports maintained by the program are confidential. Disclosure may be made as allowed or required in accordance with the provisions of section 4008, subsections 2 and 3. Unlawful dissemination is subject to the provisions of section 4008, subsection 4.

Effective September 17, 2005.

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