PUBLIC SAFETY AND WELFARE
CHILD PROTECTION ACT
Commission to Review Child Abuse Fatalities
169-C:39-k Commission to Review Child Abuse Fatalities.
There is established a commission to review child abuse fatalities.
I. The members of the commission shall be as follows:
(a) One member of the senate, appointed by the president of the senate.
(b) Three members of the house of representatives, appointed by the speaker of the house of representatives.
(c) One representative of the office of the governor, appointed by the governor.
(d) The attorney general, or designee.
(e) The commissioner of the department of health and human services, or designee.
(f) One representative of New Hampshire Kids Count, appointed by that organization.
(g) One representative of the New Hampshire Coalition against Domestic and Sexual Violence, appointed by that organization.
(h) One representative of the New Hampshire child fatality review committee, established by executive order number 95-1, appointed by the committee.
(i) One representative of Child and Family Services of New Hampshire, appointed by that organization.
(j) One representative of the New Hampshire Children's Trust, appointed by that organization.
II. Members of the commission shall serve without compensation, except that legislative members shall receive mileage at the legislative rate when attending to the duties of the commission.
III. The commission shall:
(a) Review state laws, rules, policies, and protocols governing child abuse and neglect investigations and child abuse fatalities.
(b) Identify any gaps, deficiencies, or problems in the delivery of services to children who are victims of abuse or neglect.
(c) Determine whether existing procedures adequately provide for a thorough and timely investigation of a child abuse fatality.
(d) Recommend any changes to state law and practice the commission deems appropriate to protect children from abuse or neglect and reduce preventable child abuse deaths.
(e) Identify all potential sources of child abuse and neglect data and recommend a comprehensive system for coordinated reporting to a central source. The commission shall solicit information and testimony from individuals and entities with experience and expertise relevant to the study, including the division of public health services, the department of safety, the Crimes Against Children Research Center at the university of New Hampshire, the Granite State Children's Alliance, the New Hampshire Association of Chiefs of Police, the New Hampshire Hospital Association, and a circuit court judge of the family division.
IV. The members of the commission shall elect a chairperson from among the members. The first meeting of the commission shall be called by the senate member. The first meeting of the commission shall be held within 45 days of the effective date of this section. Four members of the commission shall constitute a quorum.
V. On or before November 1, 2018, and each November 1 thereafter, the commission shall submit an annual report of its findings and any recommendations for proposed legislation to the president of the senate, the speaker of the house of representatives, the senate clerk, the house clerk, the governor, and the state library.
Source. 2015, 127:4, eff. June 11, 2015. 2016, 229:1, 2, eff. June 9, 2016. 2017, 112:13, eff. June 14, 2017. 2018, 363:5, eff. July 2, 2018.