Pregnancy and Alcohol

Reporting Requirements

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In Nevada prior to October 1, 2005, there was no affirmative duty to report a woman who had used alcohol during pregnancy or a child with fetal alcohol syndrome. Nevertheless, legal provisions both before and after this date mandate that the Health Division of the Department of Human Resources develop and maintain a system for monitoring fetal alcohol syndrome that includes identifying 1) geographical areas in the State in which women are at a high risk of consuming alcohol during pregnancy, and 2) groups of persons in the State that include such women. Nev. Rev. Stat. § 442.420.

1/1/2003 - 9/30/2005            No Law
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In Nevada, as of October 1, 2005, a physician treating a child or a person in charge of a hospital or similar institution may hold a child for up to 24 hours if there is reasonable cause to believe that the child has been affected by prenatal illegal substance abuse or has withdrawal symptoms resulting from prenatal drug exposure. On July 1, 2017, this language was amended to include "a fetal alcohol spectrum disorder or prenatal substance abuse." In such cases, the physician or other person shall immediately notify a law enforcement agency or an agency which provides child welfare services that the physician or person is holding the child. Nev. Rev. Stat. § 432B.400.

As of October 1, 2005, legal provisions provide that a child welfare agency investigating a report of abuse or neglect shall not report to the Statewide Central Registry for the Collection of Information Concerning the Abuse or Neglect of a Child any information concerning a child identified as being affected by prenatal illegal substance abuse or as having withdrawal symptoms resulting from prenatal drug exposure unless the agency determines that a person has abused or neglected the child after the child was born. On July 1, 2017, this language was amended to include "a fetal alcohol spectrum disorder or prenatal substance abuse."Nev. Rev. Stat. §§ 432.0999, 432.100, 432B.310.

In Nevada prior to October 1, 2005, there was no affirmative duty to report a woman who had used alcohol during pregnancy or a child with fetal alcohol syndrome. Nevertheless, legal provisions both before and after this date mandate that the Health Division of the Department of Human Resources develop and maintain a system for monitoring fetal alcohol syndrome that includes identifying 1) geographical areas in the State in which women are at a high risk of consuming alcohol during pregnancy, and 2) groups of persons in the State that include such women. Nev. Rev. Stat. § 442.420.

10/1/2005 - 1/1/2018 Yes   Yes      12 Citations