Alaska Statutes.
Title 47. Welfare, Social Services and Institutions
Chapter 14. Juvenile Programs and Institutions
Section 300. Multidisciplinary Child Protection Teams.
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AS 47.14.300. Multidisciplinary Child Protection Teams.

(a) The department shall create multidisciplinary child protection teams to assist in the evaluation and investigation of reports made under AS 47.17 and to provide consultation and coordination for agencies involved in child protection cases under AS 47.10.

(b) A team created under (a) of this section may invite other persons to serve on the team who have knowledge of and experience in child abuse and neglect matters. These persons may include

(1) mental and physical health practitioners licensed under AS 08;

(2) child development specialists;

(3) educators;

(4) peace officers as defined in AS 11.81.900 ;

(5) victim counselors as defined in AS 18.66.250 ;

(6) experts in the assessment and treatment of substance abuse;

(7) representatives of the district attorney's office and the attorney general's office;

(8) persons familiar with 25 U.S.C. 1901 - 1963 (Indian Child Welfare Act);

(9) guardians ad litem; and

(10) staff members of a child advocacy center if a center is located in the relevant area.

(c) A team created under (a) and (b) of this section shall review records on a case referred to the team by the department. The department shall make available to the team its records on the case and other records compiled for planning on the case by other agencies at the request of the department. The team may make recommendations to the department on appropriate planning for the case.

(d) Except for a public report issued by a team that does not contain confidential information, records or other information collected by the team or a member of the team related to duties under this section are confidential and not subject to public disclosure under AS 40.25.100 and 40.25.110.

(e) Meetings of a team are closed to the public and are not subject to the provisions of AS 44.62.310 and 44.62.312.

(f) The determinations, conclusions, and recommendations of a team or its members are not admissible in a civil or criminal proceeding. A member may not be compelled to disclose a determination, conclusion, recommendation, discussion, or thought process through discovery or testimony in a civil or criminal proceeding. Records and information collected by the team are not subject to discovery or subpoena in connection with a civil or criminal proceeding.

(g) Notwithstanding (f) of this section, an employee of the department may testify in a civil or criminal proceeding concerning cases reviewed by a team even though the department's records were reviewed by a team and formed the basis of that employee's testimony and the team's report.

(h) A person who serves on a multidisciplinary child protection team is not liable for damage or other relief in an action brought by the reason of the performance of a duty, a function, or an activity of the team.

(i) In this section, "team" means a multidisciplinary child protection team created under (a) and (b) of this section.


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