110 CMR 10.02 - Definitions

As used in 110 CMR 10.00, unless the context otherwise requires, the following terms shall have the following meanings:

Adolescent . An individual between 14 and 18 years of age.

Aggrieved Party . Any individual who challenges a decision of the Department pursuant to 110 CMR 10.36 through 10.38.

Alleged Perpetrator . An individual who the Department has identified, by substantial evidence, as responsible for the abuse or neglect of a child, referred the person's name to the District Attorney's office under M.G.L. c. 119, ยง 51B(k), and listed the person on the Department's Registry of Alleged Perpetrators.

Appellant . Any individual who challenges a decision of the Department pursuant to 110 CMR 10.03 through 10.36.

Authorized Representative . Any person, such as a lawyer, advocate, relative or friend, who is authorized in writing by any party to represent that party.

Client . An applicant for or recipient of Department services. Foster parents, pre-adoptive parents or adoptive parents in their status as such shall be considered clients for purposes of 110 CMR 10.00.

Clinical Review Team . A team of not less than five individuals, each of whom must have extensive social work experience, convened by a Regional Director for the purpose of reviewing a decision referred to the team pursuant to 110 CMR 10.08.

Director of Areas . The term Director of Areas when used in 110 CMR 10.00 means the director of the Department's Area Office and shall include the director of any provider.

Fair Hearing Office . The centralized hearing office for Fair Hearings statewide, located at the Central Office of the Department and within the Office of the General Counsel.

OCA . The Office of the Child Advocate pursuant to M.G.L. c. 18C.

Provider . An organization with a contract with the Department to provide services for Department Clients.

Young Adult . An individual between 18 and 22 years of age.


110 CMR 10.02

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