Effective 5/12/2020 Superseded 5/5/2021 78B-22-802 Child Welfare Parental Defense Program -- Creation -- Duties -- Annual report -- Budget. (1) There is created within the office the Child Welfare Parental Defense Program. (2)
(a) The office shall: (i) administer and enforce the program in accordance with this part; (ii) manage the operation and budget of the program; (iii) develop and provide educational and training programs for contracted parental defense
attorneys; and (iv) provide information and advice to assist a contracted parental defense attorney to comply
with the attorney's professional, contractual, and ethical duties. (b) In administering the program, the office shall contract with:
(i) a person who is qualified to perform the program duties under this section; and (ii) an attorney, as an independent contractor, in accordance with Section 78B-22-803.
(3) (a) The director shall prepare a budget of:
(i) the administrative expenses for the program; and (ii) the amount estimated to fund needed contracts and other costs.
(b) On or before October 1 of each year, the director shall report to the governor and the Child Welfare Legislative Oversight Panel regarding the preceding fiscal year on the operations, activities, and goals of the program.