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Budget Summary FY2018

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Social Worker Identification

SECTION 85.   Section 20N of chapter 233 of the General Laws, as so appearing, is hereby amended by adding the following 3 subsections:-

(c) Each social worker employed by the department of children and families shall be provided with a state-issued identification card showing the name and position of the worker and containing a recent picture. In performing any of the social worker's duties, the social worker shall display the identification card and such card shall be accepted as proof of the social worker's identity unless the person to whom it is displayed has a good faith basis for denying its authenticity.

(d) No person, facility, school or law enforcement agency, jail or house of correction shall require a social worker employed by the department of children and families to provide, in connection with the performance of the social worker's duties: (i) documentation including, but not limited to, a driver's license, other than the state-issued identification card described in subsection (c); or (ii) the social worker's home address or personal telephone number.

(e) The home address and personal telephone number of a social worker employed by the department of children and families shall be redacted from law enforcement agency reports before such reports are released to any person.