110 CMR 9.02 - Required Closings

Case closing shall include, but is not limited to, the following events.

(1) A case must be closed when a case opened with a 51A report subsequently is not supported and the family does not wish to make a voluntary application for services.
(2) A case must be closed when the child(ren) have been adopted or placed with a legal guardian and the adoptive/guardian family no longer needs Department services. Adoption or guardianship subsidy can continue to be provided, regardless of case closure.
(3) A case must be closed when the social worker and client jointly agree that Department services are no longer necessary.
(4) A case must be closed when a voluntary applicant for Department services withdraws the application or refuses to participate in assessment, service planning or case review.
(5) A case must be closed when, after reasonable social work efforts and offers of service, a family which is the subject of a supported 51A report refuses further Departmental services and there are no grounds for either legal action or a new 51 A report.
(6) A case must be closed when a CHINS petition is dismissed and no family members are requesting or receiving Departmental services.


110 CMR 9.02

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