The consent form must state this reporting requirement if the IRB determines that the nature of the research and/or subject population makes it reasonable to expect that child abuse will be discovered.
The following persons are required to report or cause a report to be made when they have reasonable cause to suspect that a child coming before them in their professional or official capacity is an abused or maltreated child or when they have reasonable cause to suspect that a child is an abused or maltreated child where the parent, guardian, custodian or other person legally responsible for such child comes before them in their professional or official capacity and states from personal knowledge facts, conditions or circumstances which, if correct, would render the child an abused or maltreated child: any physician; surgeon; medical examiner; coroner; dentist; osteopath; optometrist; chiropractor; podiatrist; resident intern; registered nurse; hospital personnel engaged in the admission, examination, care or treatment of persons; a Christian Science practitioner; school official; social services worker; day care center worker; provider of family or group family day care; employee or volunteer in a residential care facility or any other child care or foster care worker; mental health professional; peace officer; police officer; district attorney or assistant district attorney; investigator employed in the office of a district attorney or other law enforcement official.
The report shall be made to the facility director who shall then be responsible for reporting to the statewide child abuse register.
Due to federal confidentiality requirements, relating to alcoholism and substance abuse patients and clients, all OASAS employees prior to making any reports should contact the OASAS Counsel's Office to determine if any other action is required.
(Note: The statewide child abuse register may be called by any person who has a reason to believe that a child is being abused. However, when the report is made in a person's OMH, OPWDD or OASAS professional capacity the report should be made through the appropriate facility director. The telephone number is 1-800-342 3720.)