Sunday, July 21, 2019

I should have known re: Massachsuetts General Laws online

Now I know why I often can't find new statutes or language that I know was amended when I go to the Massachusetts General Laws links that I have saved for myself. Thanks to an alert that the Trial Court Law Libraries recently added to the top of the mass.gov "General laws, session laws & bills" pages, I realized that:

Mass. General Laws online have not been updated since February 28, 2017

Warning: Mass. General Laws on the Legislature's site have not been updated in over 2 years


The Trial Court Law Libraries strongly discourage users from relying on the Mass. General Laws provided online by the Legislature, because they are over 2 years out of date.

We are working to compile a collection of laws that have changed in that time. Please try Mass. General Laws amended since January 1, 2017 first, whenever you are searching for laws.
If you need a law, and it is not in the list of amended laws, please use the Legislature's online Mass. General Laws as a finding aid only, and then use our free document delivery service to request a current version of the law.

By Mass. Trial Court Law Libraries, www.mass.gov/alerts/mass-general-laws-online-have-not-been-updated-since-february-28-2017, 7/10/2019

Wednesday, March 27, 2019

DCF Family Assessment - What's involved?

I was recently asked, "How many meetings are in the assessment?"

The answer is essentially "It depends."

The Family Assessment policy says that there must be a minimum of 3 face-to-face contacts with "the family" and 2 of those must be in the home.

But there are also information gathering requirements and monthly meeting requirements that can increase the 3 meetings to 4 or even 7. If the worker doesn't touch on all the relevant subject areas during the first 3 meetings, they will have to insist on another. If the assessment starts near the end of a calendar month or is scheduled to end after the beginning of the next month, they will have to come at least once during each of those months if only for a "quick view of the children".

See https://www.mass.gov/files/documents/2018/03/05/Family_Assessment_and_Action_Planning_Policy.pdf pp. 11 & 13-15.