Office of Planning and Coordination / Multidisciplinary Child Abuse Teams
Freestanding Multidisciplinary Child Abuse Teams
Freestanding Multidisciplinary Child Abuse Teams - Consists of professionals from law enforcement, child protective services, prosecution, medicine, counseling and other related fields that promote coordination and teamwork needed to ensure a timely and appropriate response to investigations. Freestanding Multidisciplinary child abuse teams conduct formalized case reviews, which 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" means a team not used by a child advocacy center 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 freestanding multidisciplinary child abuse teams (FSMDT) in each county of the district attorney’s district or in a contiguous group of counties. HB1467 also directs the OCCY to conduct an annual review of FSMDTs to determine if the teams are functioning. The FSMDTs that are determined to be functioning or provisionally functioning are eligible to apply through the Department of Human Services Child Abuse Multidisciplinary Account (CAMA) funding. Please click here to view a copy of HB 1467.
On March 21, 2014, the Oklahoma Commission on Children and Youth adopted standards for eligibility for a Freestanding Multidisciplinary Child Abuse Team. The adopted rules provide minimal standards for a development of a functioning and/or provisionally functioning freestanding multidisciplinary child abuse team. Please click here for the FSMDT standards of eligibility.
FY2018 FSMDT Annual Survey
For a complete listing of all FSMDT please click here