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§ 5-704. Purpose of State Team

West's Annotated Code of MarylandHealth--GeneralEffective: July 1, 2019

West's Annotated Code of Maryland
Title 5. Death (Refs & Annos)
Subtitle 7. Child Fatality Review Teams (Refs & Annos)
Effective: July 1, 2019
MD Code, Health - General, § 5-704
§ 5-704. Purpose of State Team
In general
(a) The purpose of the State Team is to prevent child deaths by:
(1) Developing an understanding of the causes and incidence of child deaths;
(2) Developing plans for and implementing changes within the agencies represented on the State Team to prevent child deaths; and
(3) Advising the Governor, the General Assembly, and the public on changes to law, policy, and practice to prevent child deaths.
Duties of State Team
(b) To achieve its purpose, the State Team shall:
(1) Undertake annual statistical studies of the incidence and causes of child fatalities in the State, including an analysis of community and public and private agency involvement with the decedents and their families before and after the deaths;
(2) Review reports from local teams;
(3) Provide training and written materials to the local teams established under § 5-705 of this subtitle to assist them in carrying out their duties, including model protocols for the operation of local teams;
(4) In cooperation with local teams, develop a protocol for child fatality investigations, including procedures for local health departments, law enforcement agencies, local medical examiners, and local departments of social services, using best practices from other states and jurisdictions;
(5) Develop a protocol for the collection of data regarding child deaths and provide training to local teams and county health departments on the use of the protocol;
(6) Undertake a study of the operations of local teams, including the State and local laws, regulations, and policies of the agencies represented on the local teams, recommend appropriate changes to any regulation or policy needed to prevent child deaths, and include proposals for changes to State or local laws in the annual report required by paragraph (12) of this subsection;
(7) Consider local and statewide training needs, including cross-agency training and service gaps, and make recommendations to member agencies to develop and deliver these training needs;
(8) Examine confidentiality and access to information laws, regulations, and policies for agencies with responsibilities for children, including health, public welfare, education, social services, mental health, and law enforcement agencies, recommend appropriate changes to any regulations and policies that impede the exchange of information necessary to protect children from preventable deaths, and include proposals for changes to statutes in the annual report required by paragraph (12) of this subsection;
(9) Examine the policies and procedures of State and local agencies and specific cases that the State Team considers necessary to perform its duties under this section, in order to evaluate the extent to which State and local agencies are effectively discharging their child protection responsibilities in accordance with:
(i) The State plan under 42 U.S.C. § 5106a(b);
(ii) The child protection standards set forth in 42 U.S.C. § 5106a(b); and
(iii) Any other criteria that the State Team considers important to ensure the protection of children;
(10) Educate the public regarding the incidence and causes of child deaths, the public role in preventing child deaths, and specific steps the public can undertake to prevent child deaths;
(11) Recommend to the Secretary any regulations necessary for its own operation and the operation of the local teams;
(12) Provide the Governor, the public, and subject to § 2-1257 of the State Government Article, the General Assembly, with annual written reports, which shall include the State Team's findings and recommendations; and
(13) In consultation with local teams:
(i) Define “near fatality”; and
(ii) Develop procedures and protocols that local teams and the State Team may use to review cases of near fatality.
Coordination of activities
(c) The State Team shall coordinate its activities under this section with the State Citizens Review Board for Children, local citizens review panels, and the State Council on Child Abuse and Neglect in order to avoid unnecessary duplication of effort.
Disclosure of information
(d)(1) Except as provided in paragraph (2) of this subsection, members and staff of the State Team:
(i) May not disclose to any person or government official any identifying information about any specific child protection case about which the State Team is provided information; and
(ii) May make public other information unless prohibited by law.
(2)(i) In carrying out the responsibilities under this section and subject to subparagraph (ii) of this paragraph, the members and staff of the State Team may provide identifying information to a national center for child death review in accordance with a data use agreement that:
1. Authorizes access to identifiable information only to the members and staff of the State Team;
2. Authorizes the national center for child death review to access only de-identified information; and
3. Requires the national center for child death review to act as a fiduciary agent of the State and local teams.
(ii) Information provided to a national center for child death review in accordance with this subsection is confidential and subject to the same confidentiality and discovery protections that apply to the State and local teams as set forth in § 5-709 of this subtitle.
Fines and penalties
(e) In addition to any other penalties provided by law, the Secretary may impose on any person who violates subsection (d) of this section a civil penalty not exceeding $500 for each violation.


Added by Acts 1999, c. 355, § 1, eff. July 1, 1999; Acts 1999, c. 356, § 1, eff. July 1, 1999. Amended by 2009, c. 107, § 1, eff. Oct. 1, 2009; Acts 2009, c. 108, § 1, eff. Oct. 1, 2009; Acts 2010, c. 72, § 1, eff. April 13, 2010; Acts 2019, c. 8, § 5.
MD Code, Health - General, § 5-704, MD HEALTH GEN § 5-704
Current with legislation effective through July 1, 2023, from the 2023 Regular Session of the General Assembly. Some statute sections may be more current, see credits for details.
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