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H.R. 5890: Assisting States’ Implementation of Plans of Safe Care Act

On Motion to Suspend the Rules and Pass in the House

Passed · Jun 13, 2018 at 4:32 p.m. ET · Source:

This was a vote to pass H.R. 5890 in the House. This vote was taken under a House procedure called “suspension of the rules” which is typically used to pass non-controversial bills. Votes under suspension require a 2/3rds majority. A failed vote under suspension can be taken again.

H.R. 5890 requires the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to provide states with enhanced guidance to support the implementation of their “plan of safe care” assurance, which is required under the Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act (CAPTA) and designed to address to address the needs of infants affected by prenatal substance abuse.

Background The CAPTA provides Federal funding to States in support of prevention, assessment, investigation, and treatment activities related to child abuse. Since 2003, CAPTA has required governors to provide an assurance that states have policies and procedures to address the needs of infants affected by prenatal substance abuse, or a “plan of safe care,” to ensure the safety and well-being of infants who are born substance-affected.

In 2016, the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act of 2016 (CARA) amended CAPTA to provide better protections for infants exposed to substances and ensure that the needs of families and caregivers are met. According to the Committee on Education and the Workforce, the “implementation of this provision has been difficult due to a lack of information and guidance from HHS.”

A Government Accountability Office report found that “additional guidance and assistance from HHS would help states better understand what they need to do to develop policies and procedures that meet the needs of children and families affected by substance use.” The same report recommended HHS should “provide additional guidance and technical assistance to states to address known challenges and enhance their understanding of CAPTA requirements.”

Source: Republican Policy Committee


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