DFCS Online Policies & Procedures

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Handbook 1: Health Care
15-4 Court-Ordered Medical Procedures
Health Care
15-4  Court-Ordered Medical Procedures
Reference Points
Overview
Steps to Take for Barriers in Carrying Out a Court Order for a Medical Procedure


Reference Points
Effective Date: TBA
Last Updated: 1/18/07


Overview   Social workers may be ordered by the juvenile court to arrange a medical examination or medical procedure, e.g. X-rays, for a child.  The doctor with whom the medical appointment is scheduled may not be in agreement with carrying out the procedure.  Or, the child may not have a regular pediatrician.  The social worker must take steps to have the order of the court carried out.
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Steps to Take for Barriers in Carrying Out a Court Order for a Medical Procedure  

When a social worker encounters barriers to carrying out a court order for a child to undergo a medical procedure, the following steps are taken.

Step
Task
Who
1.

Contacts via email:

  • Service Bureau SSPM
  • DFCS Director
Social Worker
2. Contacts Dr. Harris to ensure the procedure is ordered. DFCS Director
3. Verifies that the procedure was completed. Social Worker
4 If.. Then.. Social Worker
The procedure is completed No further action is taken.
The procedure is not completed within a reasonable time Contacts County Counsel to notify of the need for a further order.
5. Requests from the court a direct order to Valley Medical Center or other hospital to complete the procedure. County Counsel
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