The Vermont Statutes Online
Title 33 : Human Services
Chapter 051 : GENERAL PROVISIONS(Cite as: 33 V.S.A. § 5128)
§ 5128. Placement of a child into a qualified residential treatment program
(a) Within 60 days of the start of a placement of a child into a qualified residential treatment program by the Commissioner, the Family Division of the Superior Court or the Judicial Master shall review the assessment, determination, and documentation provided by the qualified individual conducting the assessment required pursuant to 42 U.S.C. § 675a. The court or Judicial Master shall determine whether the needs of the child can be met through placement with family members, in a foster family home, or in another approved setting designed to meet specialized needs. If placement in a setting described above is not appropriate, the court or Judicial Master shall consider whether placement of the child in a qualified residential treatment program provides the most effective and appropriate level of care for the child in the least restrictive environment, and whether such a placement is consistent with the short- and long-term goals for the child, as specified in the case plan for the child.
(b) The court or Judicial Master shall approve or disapprove the placement in a qualified residential treatment program based on the factors considered in subsection (a) of this section and make written findings as to the basis for the determination. The decision and findings shall be submitted to the parties.
(c) Nothing in this section shall be construed to limit the Commissioner’s authority to place a child who is in the Commissioner’s legal custody in a family home or a treatment, rehabilitative, detention, or educational facility or institution as provided in subdivision 5106(4) of this title.
(d) This section shall not apply to children placed in a setting that is intended for the detention of minors. (Added 2021, No. 185 (Adj. Sess.), § E.317, eff. July 1, 2022.)