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      CHC 543     


Art. 543. Interagency information sharing; interagency agreements

            A. Through the Children's Cabinet, the agencies specified in Article 543(F) shall develop policies to facilitate interagency information sharing in the most effective and expeditious manner. However, the adoption of formal policies shall not be prerequisite to the implementation of the provisions of this Chapter.

            B. The Children's Cabinet shall facilitate the development of interagency agreements and cooperation regarding the sharing of data concerning children and families involved in the juvenile justice system.

            C. Interagency agreements shall include provisions regarding the specific data to be shared among agencies, the person or persons allowed by each party to have access to the other party's data, and the security arrangements between parties to ensure the protection of the data from unauthorized access that may threaten the privacy of persons and the confidentiality of the data.

            D. Interagency agreements shall be in writing and a copy shall be furnished to the court exercising juvenile jurisdiction, the Children's Cabinet, and to each agency involved in the treatment, care, and rehabilitation of the child.

            E. The Children's Cabinet shall provide procedures, which may include a forum, for the presentation of interagency recommendations and the resolution of disagreements relating to the contents of interagency agreements or the performance by the parties of their respective obligations under such agreements.

            F. Agencies involved in facilitating agreements regarding the sharing of information regarding children and families shall include:

            (1) The Department of Children and Family Services.

            (2) The Louisiana Department of Health.

            (3) The Department of Education.

            (4) Youth services of the Department of Public Safety and Corrections.

            (5) The Louisiana Workforce Commission.

            (6) Courts exercising juvenile jurisdiction.

            (7) Offices of district attorneys.

            (8) Law enforcement agencies.

            (9) City, parish, and other local public school boards.

            (10) Truancy assessment service centers.

            (11) Families in Need of Services offices.

            Acts 2005, No. 119, §1, eff. Jan. 1, 2006; Acts 2008, No. 743, §7, eff. July 1, 2008; Acts 2023, No. 387, §2, eff. June 14, 2023.

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