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SCS CSHB 151(HSS): "An Act relating to the duties of the Department of Health and Social Services; relating to training and workload standards for employees of the Department of Health and Social Services and providing immunity from damages related to those standards; relating to foster care home licensing; relating to civil and criminal history background checks for foster care licensing and payments; relating to placement of a child in need of aid; relating to the rights and responsibilities of foster parents; relating to completed investigations of reports of harm to a child; requiring the Department of Health and Social Services to provide information to a child or person released from the department's custody; and providing for an effective date."

00                SENATE CS FOR CS FOR HOUSE BILL NO. 151(HSS)                                                             
01 "An Act relating to the duties of the Department of Health and Social Services; relating                                
02 to training and workload standards for employees of the Department of Health and                                        
03 Social Services and providing immunity from damages related to those standards;                                         
04 relating to foster care home licensing; relating to civil and criminal history background                               
05 checks for foster care licensing and payments; relating to placement of a child in need of                              
06 aid; relating to the rights and responsibilities of foster parents; relating to completed                               
07 investigations of reports of harm to a child; requiring the Department of Health and                                    
08 Social Services to provide information to a child or person released from the                                           
09 department's custody; and providing for an effective date."                                                             
10 BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF ALASKA:                                                                
11    * Section 1. The uncodified law of the State of Alaska is amended by adding a new section                          
12 to read:                                                                                                                
01       SHORT TITLE. This Act may be known as the Children Deserve a Loving Home Act.                                     
02    * Sec. 2. AS 47.05.065 is amended to read:                                                                         
03            Sec. 47.05.065. Legislative findings related to children. The legislature finds                            
04       that                                                                                                              
05                 (1)  parents have the following rights and responsibilities relating to the                             
06       care and control of their child while the child is a minor:                                                       
07                      (A)  the responsibility to provide the child with food, clothing,                                  
08            shelter, education, and medical care;                                                                        
09                      (B)  the right and responsibility to protect, nurture, train, and                                  
10 discipline the child, including the right to direct the child's medical care and                                        
11            the right to exercise reasonable corporal discipline;                                                        
12 (C)  the right to determine where and with whom the child shall                                                         
13            live;                                                                                                        
14 (D)  the right and responsibility to make decisions of legal or                                                         
15            financial significance concerning the child;                                                                 
16 (E)  the right to obtain representation for the child in legal                                                          
17            actions; and                                                                                                 
18 (F)  the responsibility to provide special safeguards and care,                                                         
19            including appropriate prenatal and postnatal protection for the child;                                       
20 (2)  it is the policy of the state to strengthen families and to protect                                                
21 children from child abuse and neglect; the state recognizes that, in some cases,                                        
22 protection of a child may require removal of the child from the child's home; however,                                  
23 (A)  except in those cases involving serious risk to a child's                                                          
24 health or safety, the Department of Health and Social Services should provide                                           
25 time-limited family support services to the child and the child's family in order                                       
26 to offer parents the opportunity to remedy parental conduct or conditions in the                                        
27 home that placed the child at risk of harm so that a child may return home                                              
28            safely and permanently; and                                                                                  
29 (B)  the state also recognizes that when a child is removed from                                                        
30 the home, visitation between the child and the child's parents or guardian and                                          
31 family members reduces the trauma for the child and enhances the likelihood                                             
01 that the child will be able to return home; therefore, whenever a child is                                              
02 removed from the parental home, the Department of Health and Social                                                     
03 Services should encourage frequent, regular, and reasonable visitation of the                                           
04            child with the child's parent or guardian and family members;                                                
05 (3)  it is the policy of the state to recognize that, when a child is a ward                                            
06 of the state, the child is entitled to reasonable safety, adequate care, and adequate                                   
07 treatment and that the Department of Health and Social Services as legal custodian and                                  
08 the child's guardian ad litem as guardian of the child's best interests and their agents                                
09 and assignees, each should make reasonable efforts to ensure that the child is provided                                 
10 with reasonable safety, adequate care, and adequate treatment for the duration of time                                  
11       that the child is a ward of the state;                                                                            
12 (4)  it is in the best interests of a child who has been removed from the                                               
13 child's own home for the state to apply the following principles in resolving the                                       
14       situation:                                                                                                        
15 (A)  the child should be placed in a safe, secure, and stable                                                           
16            environment;                                                                                                 
17                      (B)  the child should not be moved unnecessarily;                                                  
18 (C)  a planning process should be followed to lead to permanent                                                         
19            placement of the child;                                                                                      
20 (D)  every effort should be made to encourage psychological                                                             
21            attachment between the adult caregiver and the child;                                                        
22 (E)  frequent, regular, and reasonable visitation with the parent                                                       
23            or guardian and family members should be encouraged; [AND]                                                   
24 (F)  parents and guardians must actively participate in family                                                          
25 support services so as to facilitate the child's being able to remain in the home;                                      
26 when children are removed from the home, the parents and guardians must                                                 
27 actively participate in family support services to make return of their children                                        
28            to the home possible; and                                                                                
29 (G)  to the extent practicable, the Department of Health and                                                        
30 Social Services should enable a child's contact with previous out-of-home                                           
31            caregivers when appropriate and in the best interests of the child;                                      
01                 (5)  numerous studies establish that                                                                    
02                      (A)  children undergo a critical attachment process before the                                     
03            time they reach six years of age;                                                                            
04 (B)  a child who has not attached with an adult caregiver during                                                        
05 this critical stage will suffer significant emotional damage that frequently leads                                      
06 to chronic psychological problems and antisocial behavior when the child                                                
07            reaches adolescence and adulthood; and                                                                       
08                      (C)  it is important to provide for an expedited placement                                         
09            procedure to ensure that all children, especially those under the age of six                                 
10 years, who have been removed from their homes are placed in permanent                                                   
11            homes expeditiously.                                                                                         
12    * Sec. 3. AS 47.05.310(c) is amended to read:                                                                      
13 (c)  Except as provided in (l) of this section, the [THE] department may not                                      
14 issue or renew a license or certification for an entity if an individual is applying for a                              
15       license, license renewal, certification, or certification renewal for the entity and that                         
16 (1)  individual has been found by a court or agency of this or another                                                  
17 jurisdiction to have neglected, abused, or exploited a child or vulnerable adult under                                  
18 AS 47.10, AS 47.24, or AS 47.62 or a substantially similar provision in another                                         
19 jurisdiction, or to have committed medical assistance fraud under AS 47.05.210 or a                                     
20       substantially similar provision in another jurisdiction; or                                                       
21 (2)  individual's name appears on the centralized registry established                                                  
22       under AS 47.05.330 or a similar registry of this state or another jurisdiction.                                   
23    * Sec. 4. AS 47.05.310(i) is amended to read:                                                                      
24 (i)  Except as provided in (l) of this section, for [FOR] purposes of (b) and                                     
25 (c) of this section, in place of nonissuance or nonrenewal of a license or certification,                               
26 an entity or individual service provider that is not required to be licensed or certified                               
27 by the department or a person wishing to become an entity or individual service                                         
28 provider that is not required to be licensed or certified by the department is instead                                  
29 ineligible to receive a payment, in whole or in part, from the department to provide for                                
30 the health, safety, and welfare of persons who are served by the programs                                               
31       administered by the department if the entity, individual service provider, or person                              
01 (1)  is in violation of (a) of this section or would be in violation based                                              
02 on information received by the department as part of an application, approval, or                                       
03       selection process;                                                                                                
04 (2)  has been found by a court or agency of this or another jurisdiction                                                
05 to have neglected, abused, or exploited a child or vulnerable adult under AS 47.10,                                     
06 AS 47.24, or AS 47.62 or a substantially similar provision in another jurisdiction, or to                               
07 have committed medical assistance fraud under AS 47.05.210 or a substantially                                           
08       similar provision in another jurisdiction; or                                                                     
09 (3)  appears on the centralized registry established under AS 47.05.330                                                 
10       or a similar registry of this state or another jurisdiction.                                                      
11    * Sec. 5. AS 47.05.310(k) is amended by adding new paragraphs to read:                                             
12                 (4)  "adult family member" has the meaning given in AS 47.10.990;                                       
13                 (5)  "foster home" has the meaning given in AS 47.32.900.                                               
14    * Sec. 6. AS 47.05.310 is amended by adding a new subsection to read:                                              
15 (l)  The department may issue or renew a foster home license under AS 47.32                                             
16 or provide payments under AS 47.14.100(b) or (d) to an entity, individual service                                       
17 provider, or person if the applicant or a person who resides in the home is barred from                                 
18       licensure or payment under (c), (i)(2), or (i)(3) of this section and                                             
19 (1)  a person in the home is an adult family member or family friend of                                                 
20       a child in the custody or supervision of the state under AS 47.10;                                                
21 (2)  the department finds that placing the child with the entity,                                                       
22       individual service provider, or person is in the best interests of the child; and                                 
23 (3)  the conduct that is the basis of the finding under (c), (i)(2), or (i)(3)                                          
24 of this section occurred at least 10 years before the date the department receives the                                  
25 application for licensure or renewal or makes a payment to the entity, individual                                       
26       service provider, or person.                                                                                    
27    * Sec. 7. AS 47.10.080(s) is amended to read:                                                                      
28 (s)  The department may transfer a child, in the child's best interests, from one                                       
29 placement setting to another, and the child, the child's parents or guardian, the child's                               
30 foster parents or out-of-home caregiver, the child's guardian ad litem, the child's                                     
31 attorney, and the child's tribe are entitled to advance notice of a nonemergency                                        
01 transfer. A party opposed to the proposed transfer may request a hearing and must                                       
02 prove by clear and convincing evidence that the transfer would be contrary to the best                                  
03 interests of the child for the court to deny the transfer. A foster parent or out-of-home                               
04 caregiver who requests a nonemergency change in placement of the child shall provide                                    
05 the department with reasonable advance notice of the requested change. When the                                         
06 department transfers a child from one out-of-home placement to another, the                                             
07 department shall search for an appropriate placement with an adult family member or                                     
08 a family friend who meets the foster care licensing requirements established by the                                     
09 department. A supervisor at the department shall certify in writing in the case file                                
10 whether the department has searched for an appropriate placement with an                                            
11 adult family member or family friend. If the department has not complied with                                       
12 the search requirements under this subsection, the supervisor shall work to                                         
13       ensure that the department completes the search in the shortest time feasible.                                
14    * Sec. 8. AS 47.10.084 is amended by adding a new subsection to read:                                              
15 (d)  When the child is placed in foster care, the foster parent has the right and                                       
16 responsibility to use a reasonable and prudent parent standard to make decisions                                        
17 relating to the child. The foster parent may make decisions under (a) or (b) of this                                    
18 section that include decisions relating to the child's participation in age-appropriate or                              
19 developmentally appropriate activities, including travel, sports, field trips, overnight                                
20 activities, and extracurricular, enrichment, cultural, and social activities. The                                       
21 department shall provide foster parents with training regarding the reasonable and                                      
22 prudent parent standard. In this subsection, "reasonable and prudent parent standard"                                   
23 means a standard characterized by careful and sensible decisions to maintain the                                        
24 health, safety, and best interests of the child while encouraging the emotional and                                     
25       developmental growth of the child.                                                                                
26    * Sec. 9. AS 47.10.086 is amended by adding a new subsection to read:                                              
27 (h)  The department shall engage a child who is 14 years of age or older in the                                         
28 development or revision of a case plan, permanency goal, or alternative permanency                                      
29 plan for the child. The department shall also allow the child to select not more than                                   
30 two adults to participate in the development or revision of the plan in addition to the                                 
31 child's foster parents or department employees who are supervising the care of the                                      
01 child. The department may reject an adult selected by the child if the department has                                   
02 good cause to believe that the adult will not act in the best interests of the child. If the                            
03 department rejects an adult, the child may select another adult. The child may                                          
04 designate one of the adults to be the child's advisor, and the advisor may advocate for                                 
05       the child.                                                                                                        
06    * Sec. 10. AS 47.10.093(a) is amended to read:                                                                     
07 (a)  Except as permitted in AS 47.10.092, [AND IN] (b) - (g) and (i) - (l) of                                       
08 this section, and AS 47.17.030(g), all information and social records pertaining to a                               
09 child who is subject to this chapter or AS 47.17 prepared by or in the possession of a                                  
10 federal, state, or municipal agency or employee in the discharge of the agency's or                                     
11 employee's official duty are privileged and may not be disclosed directly or indirectly                                 
12       to anyone without a court order.                                                                                  
13    * Sec. 11. AS 47.10.093(b) is amended to read:                                                                     
14 (b)  A state or municipal agency or employee shall disclose appropriate                                                 
15       confidential information regarding a case to                                                                      
16                 (1)  a guardian ad litem appointed by the court;                                                        
17 (2)  a person or an agency requested by the department or the child's                                                   
18 legal custodian to provide consultation or services for a child who is subject to the                                   
19 jurisdiction of the court under AS 47.10.010 as necessary to enable the provision of                                    
20       the consultation or services;                                                                                     
21                 (3)  an out-of-home care provider as necessary to enable the out-of-                                    
22 home care provider to provide appropriate care to the child, to protect the safety of the                               
23 child, and to protect the safety and property of family members and visitors of the out-                                
24       of-home care provider;                                                                                            
25 (4)  a school official as necessary to enable the school to provide                                                     
26 appropriate counseling and support services to a child who is the subject of the case, to                               
27       protect the safety of the child, and to protect the safety of school students and staff;                          
28 (5)  a governmental agency as necessary to obtain that agency's                                                         
29 assistance for the department in its investigation or to obtain physical custody of a                                   
30       child;                                                                                                            
31 (6)  a law enforcement agency of this state or another jurisdiction as                                                  
01       necessary for the protection of any child or for actions by that agency to protect the                            
02       public safety;                                                                                                    
03                 (7)  a member of a multidisciplinary child protection team created                                      
04       under AS 47.14.300 as necessary for the performance of the member's duties;                                       
05                 (8)  the state medical examiner under AS 12.65 as necessary for the                                     
06       performance of the duties of the state medical examiner;                                                          
07                 (9)  a person who has made a report of harm as required by                                              
08       AS 47.17.020 to inform the person that the investigation was completed and of action                              
09       taken to protect the child who was the subject of the report;                                                     
10 (10)  the child support services agency established in AS 25.27.010 as                                                  
11 necessary to establish and collect child support for a child who is a child in need of aid                              
12       under this chapter;                                                                                               
13 (11)  a parent, guardian, or caregiver of a child or an entity responsible                                              
14       for ensuring the safety of children as necessary to protect the safety of a child;                                
15 (12)  a review panel established by the department for the purpose of                                                   
16       reviewing the actions taken by the department in a specific case;                                                 
17 (13)  the University of Alaska under the Alaska higher education                                                        
18 savings program for children established under AS 47.14.400, but only to the extent                                     
19 that the information is necessary to support the program and only if the information                                    
20       released is maintained as a confidential record by the University of Alaska;                                      
21 (14)  a child placement agency licensed under AS 47.32 as necessary to                                                  
22       provide services for a child who is the subject of the case; [AND]                                                
23 (15)  a state or municipal agency of this state or another jurisdiction                                                 
24 that is responsible for delinquent minors, as may be necessary for the administration of                                
25 services, protection, rehabilitation, or supervision of a child or for actions by the                                   
26 agency to protect the public safety; however, a court may review an objection made to                                   
27 a disclosure under this paragraph; the person objecting to the disclosure bears the                                     
28 burden of establishing by a preponderance of the evidence that disclosure is not in the                                 
29       child's best interest; and                                                                                    
30 (16)  a sibling of a child who is the subject of the case to allow the                                              
31 siblings to contact each other if it is in the best interests of the child to maintain                              
01 contact; in this paragraph, "sibling" means an adult or minor who is related to                                     
02 the child who is the subject of the case by blood, adoption, or marriage as a child                                 
03 of one or both of the parents of the child who is the subject of the case; a sibling                                
04 who is adopted by a person other than the parent of the child who is the subject                                    
05       of the case remains a sibling of the child.                                                                   
06    * Sec. 12. AS 47.10.142(i) is amended to read:                                                                     
07 (i)  When the department takes emergency custody of a child under this section                                          
08 or a court orders a child committed to the department for temporary placement under                                     
09 this section, the department shall, to the extent feasible and consistent with the best                                 
10 interests of the child, place the child according to the criteria specified under                                       
11 AS 47.14.100(e). A supervisor at the department shall certify in writing in the                                     
12 case file whether the department has searched for an appropriate placement with                                     
13 an adult family member or family friend. If the department has not complied                                         
14 with the search requirements under this subsection, the supervisor shall work to                                    
15 ensure that the department completes the search in the shortest time feasible if it                                 
16       is consistent with the best interests of the child.                                                           
17    * Sec. 13. AS 47.14.100(e) is amended to read:                                                                     
18 (e)  When a child is removed from a parent's home, the department shall                                                 
19 search for an appropriate placement with an adult family member or family                                           
20 friend. A supervisor at the department shall certify in writing in the case file                                    
21 whether the department has searched for an appropriate placement with an                                            
22 adult family member or family friend. If the department has not complied with                                       
23 the search requirements under this subsection, the supervisor shall work to                                         
24 ensure that the department completes the search in the shortest time feasible. The                                  
25 department shall place the child, in the absence of clear and convincing evidence of                                
26       good cause to the contrary,                                                                                       
27 (1)  in the least restrictive setting that most closely approximates a                                                  
28       family and that meets the child's special needs, if any;                                                          
29 (2)  within reasonable proximity to the child's home, taking into                                                       
30       account any special needs of the child and the preferences of the child or parent;                                
31                 (3)  with, in the following order of preference,                                                        
01                      (A)  an adult family member;                                                                       
02                      (B)  a family friend who meets the foster care licensing                                           
03            requirements established by the department;                                                                  
04                      (C)  a licensed foster home that is not an adult family member                                     
05            or family friend;                                                                                            
06                      (D)  an institution for children that has a program suitable to                                    
07            meet the child's needs.                                                                                      
08    * Sec. 14. AS 47.14.100(i) is amended to read:                                                                     
09            (i)  A child may not be placed with an out-of-home care provider if the                                      
10 department determines that the child can remain safely at home with an adult family                                 
11 member [ONE PARENT] or guardian who lives with the child. In this subsection,                                   
12 "out-of-home care provider" means an agency or person, other than the child's legal                                     
13 parents, with whom a child who is in the custody of the state under                                                     
14 AS 47.10.080(c)(1) or (3), 47.10.142, or (c) of this section is currently placed; "agency                               
15 or person" includes a foster parent, a relative other than a parent, a person who has                                   
16       petitioned for adoption of the child, and a residential child care facility.                                      
17    * Sec. 15. AS 47.14.100(r) is amended to read:                                                                     
18 (r)  The department shall make reasonable efforts to place siblings in the same                                         
19 placement if the siblings are residing in the same home when taken into the custody of                                  
20 the department. If siblings are not placed together after reasonable efforts have been                                  
21 made, the case supervisor for the division with responsibility over the custody of                                      
22 children shall document in the file the efforts that were made and the reason separating                                
23 the siblings for placement purposes is in the best interest of the children. If it is in the                        
24 best interests of the children to maintain contact, the department shall provide                                    
25 each sibling with contact information for the other sibling and encourage the                                       
26 children's caregivers to provide opportunities for contact between the siblings. In                                 
27 this subsection, "sibling" means two or more persons who are related by blood,                                          
28       adoption, or marriage as a child of one or both parents.                                                          
29    * Sec. 16. AS 47.14 is amended by adding a new section to read:                                                    
30 Sec. 47.14.112. Training and workload standards; reports to legislature.                                              
31 (a) The department shall implement workload standards and a training program for                                        
01 employees who supervise the care of children committed to the supervision or custody                                    
02 of the department under AS 47.10, work with families to prevent the removal of a                                        
03 child from the child's home under AS 47.10, or investigate reports of harm under                                        
04 AS 47.17. Except as provided under (b) of this section, the department shall prepare a                                  
05       staffing report if the department is unable                                                                       
06 (1)  to employ the number of qualified employees necessary to ensure                                                    
07       that                                                                                                              
08 (A)  the department reasonably and safely minimizes the time a                                                          
09 child is not in a permanent living arrangement or under a permanent                                                     
10            guardianship;                                                                                                
11 (B)  a child is not removed from the child's home when it is                                                            
12 possible and in the child's best interest for the department to work with the                                           
13            child's family to prevent the removal of the child from the child's home;                                    
14 (C)  each child is placed in a permanent home not more than 24                                                          
15            months after the date the child is first removed from the child's home;                                      
16 (2)  to meet best practices standards set by the department requiring the                                               
17 employment of mentors for employees who supervise the care of children committed                                        
18 to the supervision or custody of the department under AS 47.10, work with families to                                   
19 prevent the removal of a child from the child's home under AS 47.10, or investigate                                     
20       reports of harm under AS 47.17;                                                                                   
21 (3)  for a new employee who supervises the care of a child committed                                                    
22 to the supervision or custody of the department under AS 47.10, works with families                                     
23 to prevent the removal of a child from the child's home under AS 47.10, or                                              
24       investigates reports of harm under AS 47.17, to                                                                   
25 (A)  provide a minimum of six weeks of training unless the                                                              
26 department finds that the new employee has sufficient experience to justify a                                           
27            shorter training period;                                                                                     
28                      (B)  limit the employee's workload as follows:                                                     
29 (i)  before the beginning of an employee's fourth month                                                                 
30 of work with the department, the employee may supervise not more                                                        
31                 than six families;                                                                                      
01 (ii)  after the beginning of the employee's fourth month                                                                
02 of work but before the end of the employee's sixth month of work with                                                   
03                 the department, the employee may supervise not more than 12 families;                                   
04 (iii)  when an employee supervises families in a region                                                                 
05 where travel distances negatively affect the employee's ability to                                                      
06 supervise families and the employee has worked for the department for                                                   
07 less than 12 months, the employee may not supervise the maximum                                                         
08                 number of families provided under (i) and (ii) of this subparagraph; and                                
09 (4)  for an employee, other than a new employee, who supervises the                                                     
10 care of children committed to the supervision or custody of the department under                                        
11 AS 47.10, works with families to prevent the removal of a child from the child's home                                   
12 under AS 47.10, or investigates reports of harm under AS 47.17, to ensure that the                                      
13       average statewide caseload is not more than 13 families for each worker.                                          
14 (b)  If a staffing report is required under (a) of this section, the department                                         
15 shall explain in the staffing report why the department is not able to meet the                                         
16 standards, the amount of funding that would be necessary to meet the standards, and                                     
17 the effects on a child and the child's family of not meeting the standards. The                                         
18 department shall include the staffing report in the annual report to the legislature                                    
19       required under AS 18.05.020.                                                                                      
20 (c)  Notwithstanding any other provision of this section, the department is                                             
21 immune from suit under this section if the department was unable to meet the                                            
22 workload standards and adjusted workload standards because of a lack of sufficient                                      
23 appropriations or because the department's efforts to recruit or retain employees did                                   
24 not result in an adequate number of qualified applicants to meet the workload                                           
25       standards, as outlined in the staffing report.                                                                    
26 (d)  The division of the department with responsibility over the custody of                                             
27 children shall prepare and make available to the legislature an annual report on                                        
28 employee recruitment and retention, including a five-year plan, for the division. Not                                   
29 later than November 15 of each year, the department shall deliver the report to the                                     
30 senate secretary and the chief clerk of the house of representatives and notify the                                     
31 legislature that the report is available. The report prepared under this subsection is                                  
01       separate from the annual report to the legislature required under AS 18.05.020.                                   
02    * Sec. 17. AS 47.14.115 is amended by adding a new subsection to read:                                             
03 (b)  If the department determines that it is in the best interests of a child in the                                    
04 department's custody to place the child with an adult family member who does not                                        
05 have a foster care home license under AS 47.32, the department shall assist the adult                                   
06 family member in obtaining a license, including assisting the adult family member                                       
07 with obtaining any variances necessary to obtain the license, so that the family                                        
08       member is eligible for payments under AS 47.14.100(b) and (d).                                                    
09    * Sec. 18. AS 47.17.030 is amended by adding a new subsection to read:                                             
10 (g)  When the department or a local government health or social services                                                
11 agency (1) completes an investigation of a report of harm concerning a child, (2)                                       
12 determines, based on the investigation findings, that department or local agency                                        
13 services to protect the child are not required, and (3) identifies an appropriate                                       
14 community organization that will actively reach out to families to provide needed                                       
15 support services, the department or local government health or social services agency                                   
16 shall seek the written consent of the child's parent or guardian to refer the family to the                             
17 community organization. If the parent or guardian consents to the referral, the                                         
18 department or local government health or social services agency shall refer the parent                                  
19 or guardian to the community organization identified by the department. If the child                                    
20 has more than one parent or guardian and only one parent or guardian consents to the                                    
21 referral, the department or local government health or social services agency shall                                     
22 refer the parent or guardian who consents to the community organization but may not                                     
23 provide information to the community organization concerning the parent or guardian                                     
24 who does not consent to the referral. A community organization that receives                                            
25 information from the department or a local government health or social services                                         
26 agency under this subsection may not disclose the information to a person who is not                                    
27       authorized by law to receive it.                                                                                  
28    * Sec. 19. AS 47.18.320 is amended by adding a new subsection to read:                                             
29 (d)  When an individual 16 years of age or older who has been in state custody                                          
30 under AS 47.10 for at least six months is released from state custody, the department                                   
31 shall, in addition to any training, services, and assistance provided under (a) - (c) of                                
01       this section, provide the individual with or assist the individual with obtaining the                             
02       individual's                                                                                                      
03                 (1)  birth certificate; the birth certificate may be an official or certified                           
04       copy;                                                                                                             
05                 (2)  social security card;                                                                              
06                 (3)  health insurance information;                                                                      
07                 (4)  medical records;                                                                                   
08                 (5)  driver's license or identification card; and                                                       
09                 (6)  certificate of degree of Indian or Alaska Native blood, if                                         
10       applicable.                                                                                                       
11    * Sec. 20. AS 47.32.032 is amended by adding a new subsection to read:                                             
12 (c)  To the extent feasible, the department shall approve or deny a foster care                                         
13 home license, including a request for a variance under this section, not more than 45                                   
14 days after the date the department receives the application for a foster care home                                      
15 license. If it is not feasible to approve or deny a foster care home license not more than                              
16 45 days after receiving the application, a supervisory-level employee may authorize a                                   
17 longer period of time for the decision, but the period must be the shortest period                                      
18       feasible.                                                                                                         
19    * Sec. 21. The uncodified law of the State of Alaska is amended by adding a new section to                         
20 read:                                                                                                                   
21 APPLICABILITY. (a) Sections 2, 7 - 9, 11 - 15, 17, and 19 of this Act apply to a child                                  
22 in the custody or under the supervision of the Department of Health and Social Services under                           
23 AS 47.10 on or after the effective date of secs. 2, 7 - 9, 11 - 15, 17, and 19 of this Act.                             
24 (b)  Sections 3 - 6 and 20 of this Act apply to applications for a license, license                                     
25 renewal, certification, certification renewal, or payment received by the Department of Health                          
26 and Social Services on or after the effective date of secs. 3 - 6 and 20 of this Act.                                   
27    * Sec. 22. The uncodified law of the State of Alaska is amended by adding a new section to                         
28 read:                                                                                                                   
29 TRANSITION: REGULATIONS. The Department of Health and Social Services may                                               
30 adopt regulations necessary to implement the changes made by this Act. The regulations take                             
31 effect under AS 44.62 (Administrative Procedure Act), but not before the effective date of the                          
01 law implemented by the regulation.                                                                                      
02    * Sec. 23. The uncodified law of the State of Alaska is amended by adding a new section to                         
03 read:                                                                                                                   
04       TRANSITION: IMPLEMENTATION. The Department of Health and Social Services                                          
05 shall implement all of the provisions of this Act as expeditiously as possible. Notwithstanding                         
06 this requirement, the Department of Health and Social Services shall, not later than                                    
07 (1)  90 days after the effective date of secs. 7 - 9 and 12 - 14 of this Act,                                           
08 implement the changes made by AS 47.10.080(s), as amended by sec. 7 of this Act,                                        
09 AS 47.10.084(d), enacted by sec. 8 of this Act, AS 47.10.086(h), enacted by sec. 9 of this Act,                         
10 AS 47.10.142(i), as amended by sec. 12 of this Act, AS 47.14.100(e), as amended by sec. 13                              
11 of this Act, and AS 47.14.100(i), as amended by sec. 14 of this Act;                                                    
12 (2)  one year after the effective date of secs. 2 - 6, 11,  15 - 17, 19, and 20 of                                      
13 this Act, implement the changes made by AS 47.05.065, as amended by sec. 2 of this Act,                                 
14 AS 47.05.310(c), as amended by sec. 3 of this Act, AS 47.05.310(i), as amended by sec. 4 of                             
15 this Act, AS 47.05.310(k), as amended by sec. 5 of this Act, AS 47.05.310(l), enacted by sec.                           
16 6 of this Act, AS 47.10.093(b), as amended by sec. 11 of this Act, AS 47.14.100(r), as                                  
17 amended by sec. 15 of this Act, AS 47.14.112(a)(1), (a)(2), (a)(3)(A), and (b), enacted by sec.                         
18 16 of this Act, AS 47.14.115(b), enacted by sec. 17 of this Act, AS 47.18.320(d), enacted by                            
19 sec. 19 of this Act, and AS 47.32.032(c), enacted by sec. 20 of this Act;                                               
20 (3)  two years after the effective date of sec. 16 of this Act, implement the                                           
21 changes made by AS 47.14.112(a)(3)(B) and (a)(4), enacted by sec. 16 of this Act.                                       
22    * Sec. 24. Section 22 of this Act takes effect immediately under AS 01.10.070(c).