NAPW Senior Staff Attorney Amber Khan presents on the Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act (CAPTA) to a New York State Department of Health workgroup

December 19, 2018

In December 2018, NAPW Senior Staff Attorney Amber Khan delivered a presentation to the AIDS Institute’s state-wide Women Who Use Drugs Workgroup, part of the New York State Department of Health, on the federal Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act (CAPTA) and its connection to pregnancy and drug use.

This talk included practical information about CAPTA and reporting, making it clear that CAPTA does not require medical providers to report all substance-exposed newborns to child welfare authorities as suspected cases of child abuse or neglect, as well as offering recommendations for how hospitals and other agencies can meet the requirements of CAPTA and respect their patients.

Read NAPW’s Fact Sheet “Understanding CAPTA and State Obligations” for additional information on CAPTA and what it requires.

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The title slide from NAPW Senior Staff Attorney Amber Khan's "CAPTA" presentation to the AIDS Institute’s state-wide Women Who Use Drugs Workgroup, part of the New York State Department of Health.