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WVC 49 - 1 - 106 §49-1-106. Location of child welfare services; state and federal cooperation; juvenile services.

 (a) The child welfare service of the state shall be located within and administered by the Department of Health and Human Resources. The Division of Juvenile Services of the Department of Military Affairs and Public Safety shall administer the secure predispositional juvenile detention and juvenile correctional facilities of the state. Notwithstanding any other provision of this code to the contrary, the administrative authority of the Division of Juvenile Services over any child or juvenile in this state extends only to those detained or committed to a secure detention facility or secure correctional facility operated and maintained by the division by an order of a court of competent jurisdiction during the period of actual detention or confinement in the facility.

 (b) The Department of Health and Human Resources is designated as the state entity to cooperate with the United States Department of Health and Human Services and United States Department of Justice in extending and improving child welfare services, to comply with federal regulations, and to receive and expend federal funds for these services. The Division of Juvenile Services of the Department of Military Affairs and Public Safety is designated as the state entity to cooperate with the United States Department of Health and Human Services and United States Department of Justice in operating, maintaining and improving juvenile correction facilities and centers for the predispositional detention of children, to comply with federal regulations, and to receive and expend federal funds for these services.

 (c) The Division of Juvenile Services of the Department of Military Affairs and Public Safety is authorized to operate and maintain centers for juveniles needing detention pending disposition by a court having juvenile jurisdiction or temporary care following that court action.

Note: WV Code updated with legislation passed through the 2016 Regular Session
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