Pregnancy and Alcohol

Reporting Requirements

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ME (Maine)
1/1/2003 - 7/29/2004            
ME (Maine)

In Maine, as of October 9, 2013, health care providers are required to report, to the Department of Health and Human Services, infants who have symptoms resembling those of fetal alcohol spectrum disorder as well as those who exhibit withdrawal symptoms resulting from prenatal drug exposure in the same manner as reports of child abuse or neglect. 22 M.R.S.A. § 4011-B. Prior to this, as of July 30, 2004, health care providers were only required to report infants suffering from withdrawal symptoms resulting from prenatal drug exposure. Once the report is received, in addition to a determination if the infant is abused and neglected, the department is required to develop a plan for safe care with the health care provider and, if appropriate, refer the child or mother or both to a social service agency or voluntary substance abuse prevention service. 22 M.R.S.A. § 4004-B.

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