Multidisciplinary Child Abuse Teams
Freestanding Multidisciplinary Child Abuse Teams
Freestanding Multidisciplinary Child Abuse Teams (FSMDT) - Consists of professionals from prosecution (i.e., District Attorney), law enforcement, child protective services, medicine, mental health, and other related fields that promote coordination and teamwork needed to ensure a timely and appropriate response to investigations of child abuse. FSMDT conduct formalized case reviews that allows team members to immediately share information and eliminate duplicate efforts. The MDT approach ensures children are not further traumatized during the process of child abuse investigations. The term "Freestanding Multidisciplinary Child Abuse Team" refers to a team not used by a Children's Advocacy Center (CAC) for its accreditation.
House Bill 1467 was signed into law on May 10, 2013, with an effective date of November 1, 2013. HB 1467 directs the Oklahoma Commission on Children and Youth (OCCY) to coordinate with each District Attorney to develop FSMDT in each County of the District Attorney’s district or in a contiguous group of Counties. HB1467 also directs OCCY to conduct annual reviews of FSMDT to determine if the teams are functioning or provisionally functioning and, thus, eligible for funding through the Oklahoma Department of Human Services Child Abuse Multidisciplinary Team Account (CAMTA). Click here to view a copy of HB 1467.
On March 21, 2014, OCCY adopted standards for eligibility for a FSMDT. The adopted rules provide minimal standards for a development of a functioning and/or provisionally functioning FSMDT. Click here for the FSMDT standards of eligibility.
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