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Emergency Rule: Physician Notification Relative to Newborns Exhibiting Signs of Withdrawal

January 24, 2018

Emergency Rule: Physician Notification Relative to Newborns Exhibiting Signs of Withdrawal

This article originally appeared in the Louisiana State Medical Society’s CapsulesQW newsletter on January 13, 2018.

On January 3, 2018, the Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS), Child Welfare adopted an Emergency Rule relative to Physician Notification which shall be effective on January 28, 2018 and remains in effect until the final Rule becomes effective. This rule implements the physician notification to the DCFS of a newborn exhibiting symptoms of withdrawal or other observable and harmful effects in his physical appearance or functioning that the physician believes is due to the use of a controlled dangerous substance in a lawfully prescribed manner by the mother during pregnancy. This notification does not constitute a report of child abuse or neglect.
 
A physician identifying a newborn exhibiting symptoms of withdrawal or other observable and harmful effects in his physical appearance or functioning due to the use of a controlled dangerous substance in a lawfully prescribed manner by the mother during pregnancy is required to use the DCFS Form, Physician Notification of Substance Exposed Newborns; No Prenatal Neglect Suspected, to comply with rule. The form may be obtained from the DCFS website here.
 
You may read the entirety of the rule here.

 

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