FOR AN ACT ENTITLED, An Act to revise certain statutes pertaining to persons required to
report child abuse and neglect.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF SOUTH DAKOTA:
Section 1. That § 26-8A-3 be amended to read as follows:
26-8A-3. Any physician, dentist, doctor of osteopathy, chiropractor, optometrist, mental
health professional or counselor, podiatrist, psychologist, religious healing practitioner, social
worker, hospital intern or resident, parole or court services officer, law enforcement officer,
teacher, school counselor, school official, nurse, licensed or registered child welfare provider,
employee or volunteer of a domestic abuse shelter, employee or volunteer of a child advocacy
organization or child welfare service provider,
chemical dependency counselor, coroner, or any
safety-sensitive position as defined in subdivision 23-3-64(2), who
to suspect that a child under the age of eighteen has been abused or neglected as defined in § 26-8A-2 shall report that information in accordance with §§ 26-8A-6, 26-8A-7, and 26-8A-8. Any
person who intentionally fails to make the required report is guilty of a Class 1 misdemeanor.
Any person who knows or has reason to suspect that a child has been abused or neglected as
defined in § 26-8A-2 may report that information as provided in § 26-8A-8.