- Youth Involved in the Juvenile Justice and Child Welfare Systems — Alaska Changes Access to Department of Health and Human Services Records
The Alaska State Legislature added state and municipal child placement agencies to the list of approved recipients of otherwise confidential juvenile delinquency records from the Department of Health and Human Services. The legislation also modified the standards for disclosure of information to the public regarding minors who have been adjudicated delinquent. The law was crafted with the aim of improving collaboration between juvenile justice and child protection agencies. The clarifications included in the law are also intended to reduce the risk of accidental or mistaken disclosure of records. H.B. 343/Act No. 2012-38, signed into law May 24, 2012; effective July 1, 2012 (May 25, 2012 for Section 5).