2007 Regular Session
To: Public Health and Welfare; Appropriations
By: Senator(s) Burton, Butler, Carmichael, Chaney, Chassaniol, Clarke, Dearing, Frazier, Harden, Horhn, Hyde-Smith, Jackson (11th), Jackson (15th), Jordan, King, Lee (35th), Lee (47th), Morgan, Posey, Thames, White
AN ACT TO AUTHORIZE THE UNIVERSITY OF MISSISSIPPI MEDICAL CENTER TO CREATE A CENTER OF EXCELLENCE TO PROVIDE CARE FOR ABUSED AND NEGLECTED CHILDREN AT THE BLAIR E. BATSON HOSPITAL FOR CHILDREN IN JACKSON, MISSISSIPPI; TO AUTHORIZE THE CENTER TO CONDUCT MAJOR RESEARCH INITIATIVES IN CHILD MALTREATMENT AND CONDUCT EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMS AND TELE-MEDICINE CONSULTATIONS; TO CREATE A CHILD ABUSE REFERRAL AND EXAMINATION (CARE) CLINIC FUND FOR THE TRANSFER OF FUNDS RETURNED TO THE STATE BY THE MISSISSIPPI CHILDREN'S JUSTICE CENTER TO BE APPROPRIATED BY THE LEGISLATURE FOR THE SUPPORT OF THE CENTER; AND FOR RELATED PURPOSES.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MISSISSIPPI:
SECTION 1. (1) The University of Mississippi Medical Center is authorized and empowered to establish a Center of Excellence (Center) to provide care for abused and neglected children at the Blair E. Batson Hospital for Children located in Jackson, Mississippi, where suspected victims of child maltreatment referred by the Department of Human Services or law enforcement will receive comprehensive physical examinations conducted by medical professionals who specialize in child maltreatment. The University of Mississippi Medical Center shall promulgate such rules, regulations and policies as may be necessary and desirable to carry out the programs of the Center. The Center shall serve as a resource for the assessment and investigation of child maltreatment.
(2) The Department of Pediatrics may use the Center for educational and outreach programs, tele-medicine consultations, to develop satellite clinics in other locations in the state in cooperation with the local community or private hospital when applicable, and to conduct major research initiatives in child maltreatment.
(3) The Center of Excellence shall provide services to maltreated children and comply with national certification standards as necessary to provide services to the Department of Human Services, the youth courts and law enforcement officers.
(4) There is hereby created in the State Treasury a special fund to be known as the Child Abuse Referral and Examination (CARE) Clinic fund. The State Treasurer shall transfer into said special fund any funds returned to the State Treasury by the MCI WorldCom Settlement by the Mississippi Children's Justice Center pursuant to agreement with the State Auditor. The University of Mississippi Medical Center shall expend funds pursuant to appropriation therefor by the Legislature for the support and maintenance of the Center. The University of Mississippi Medical Center is authorized to accept any and all grants, donations or matching funds from private public or federal sources in order to add to, improve and enlarge the physical facilities of the Center and to expend any such funds for the support and maintenance of the Center.
SECTION 2. This act shall take effect and be in force from and after its passage.