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Reporting Child Abuse - Michigan

Michigan

Under Michigan law, certain professionals (including doctors and health care professionals, mental health professionals and counselors, social workers, teachers and school administrators, law enforcement officers, clergy, child care providers, and others) who have reasonable cause to suspect child abuse or neglect are required to immediately make an oral report of the abuse (telephone or in person) to the family independence agency. The report must be followed by a written report within seventy-two hours.

Child abuse is defined to include the non-accidental physical injury, mental injury, sexual abuse, exploitation or maltreatment.

To access the specific sections summarized above in the official Maine Code online, including any relevant definitions, follow:

http://www.legislature.mi.gov/(S(cxbnpe45erw5npvpwfiosq45))/mileg.aspx?page=getObject&objectName=mcl-722-623
http://www.legislature.mi.gov/(S(cxbnpe45erw5npvpwfiosq45))/mileg.aspx?page=getObject&objectName=mcl-722-622

On February 7, 2013, H.B. 4199 was introduced and referred to the Committee on Education. As proposed, H.B. 4199 provides that an athletic coach, or volunteer at a school or institution must report child abuse or neglect if reasonable cause to suspect exists. The text of H.B. 4199 can be viewed online at:

http://www.legislature.mi.gov/(S(gaewjb55y3n04r45wpwqma55))/mileg.aspx?page=getObject&objectName=2013-HB-4199

For links to useful information for mandatory reporters from the Michigan Department of Human Services website, follow:

http://www.michigan.gov/dhs/0,1607,7-124-5452_7119_44443---,00.html
http://www.michigan.gov/dhs/0,4562,7-124-5452_7119_44443-157836--,00.html

For information on how to contact a local DHS office, see the county map provided by DHS at:

http://www.michigan.gov/dhs/0,1607,7-124-5461---,00.html

To report child abuse statewide in Michigan
twenty-four hours a day, call:
800-942-4357