Sponsored by Sen. Darneille, SB 5531 codifies key indicators of safety, permanency and well-being. A university-based child welfare research entity, in cooperation with the department and other stakeholders, shall develop measurements for each of the indicators in section 2 of this act using existing and available data. All measurements must use a methodology accepted by the scientific community. Wherever possible, all measurements must address any disproportionate racial and ethnic inequality. The research entity shall develop the measurements by October 31, 2013. The research entity shall make the data publicly available and shall issue a public report at least twice a year, beginning on September 1, 2014. The research entity shall report on the data to the legislature and the governor annually starting December 31, 2014.
Substitute bill: As amended, SB 5531 directs a university-based child welfare research entity and DSHS, in collaboration with other stakeholders, to develop measurements in the areas of safety, permanency, and well-being but specific measurements are no longer codified. Additionally, liability protection language is added.