Pregnancy and Alcohol

Reporting Requirements

Laws addressing requirements to report indicators or evidence, such as results from screening or toxicological testing of women or babies, of alcohol use or abuse by women during pregnancy.

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Jurisdiction Date Range Mandatory Who Reports? Mandatory Purpose of Reporting Discretionary
Who Reports?
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Health
Care/
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Workers
Other Data
Gathering
Referral for
Assessment
and/or
Treatment
Referral to
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Welfare
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Person.
Health
Care/
Social
Workers
Other Data
Gathering
Referral for
Assessment
and/or
Treatment
Referral to
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Welfare
Agency
MN (Minnesota)
1/1/2003 - 7/31/2010YesYesYes YesYes  Yes YesYes5 Citations
MN (Minnesota)

Effective August, 1, 2010, a health care professional or a social service professional who is providing a pregnant woman with prenatal care or other healthcare services is exempt from the mandate to report a woman's use of alcoholic beverages during pregnancy to a local welfare agency. For purposes of this exemption, “prenatal care” means the comprehensive package of medical and psychological support provided throughout the pregnancy. The reporting requirement, however, still applies to those health care or social services professionals otherwise mandated to report a woman's use of alcoholic beverages during pregnancy.

8/1/2010 - 1/1/2018Yes Yes YesYes  Yes YesYes3 Citations