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FYI family lawyers: New policy directive for Children’s Aid Societies on hair strand testing

Friday, May 8, 2015


The Ministry of Children and Youth Services (MCYS) has issued a new policy directive for Children’s Aid Societies (CASs) on the use of and reliance on hair strand drug and alcohol testing, effective April 22, 2015.

The MCYS issued this new policy under s20.1 of the Child and Family Services Act. It requires that:

  • CASs shall not use or rely on hair-strand drug and alcohol testing in the course of providing child protection services and
  • By April 30, 2015, each CAS must confirm in writing, to the MCYS, that it has ceased use of and reliance on hair strand drug and alcohol testing while providing child protection services.

Documents

Policy directive CW001-15: Use of and reliance on hair-strand drug and alcohol testing
Ministry of Children and Youth Services

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