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07. Acts, Laws and Bulletins

As you look through the links, you will find that individual acts amending larger laws will be found under “Acts,” and the major State and Federal laws will be found, in their entirety, under “Laws.” Many bulletins will be found as links connected to the laws they provide guidance on, whereas bulletins that stand alone will be found under “Other Bulletins.” As laws are periodically updated and amended, please contact the SWAN LSI Warmline at for the most current version of the law.

SWAN Bulletin

The Title Bulletin(s) Attachment(s)
SWAN Bulletin
SWAN Unit of Service Payment Rates & Programmatic Changes N/A
SWAN Unit of Service Payment Rates & Programmatic Changes N/A
SWAN Unit of Service Payment Rates & Programmatic Changes N/A
SWAN Unit of Service Payment Rates & Programmatic Changes N/A
SWAN Unit of Service Payment Rates & Programmatic Changes N/A


Year The Act Letter Bulletin(s) Attachment(s)
2019 Act 16 of 2019 N/A N/A
2016 Act 115 of 2016 N/A N/A N/A
2016 Act 127 of 2016 N/A N/A N/A
2016 Act 138 of 2016 N/A N/A N/A
2015 Act 75 of 2015 N/A N/A N/A
2015 Act 92 of 2015 N/A N/A
2015 Act 94 of 2015 N/A N/A N/A
2013 Act 55 of 2013 N/A N/A N/A
2013 Act 107 of 2013 N/A N/A
2012 Act 80 of 2012 N/A N/A
2012 Act 91 of 2012 N/A N/A
2010 Act 101 of 2010 N/A
2010 Act 115 of 2010 N/A N/A
2010 Act 119 of 2010 Children in Foster Care Act N/A
2007 Act 76 of 2007 N/A N/A
2006 Act 126 of 2006 N/A N/A
2006 Act 146 of 2006 N/A N/A
2005 Act 68 of 2005 – Resource Family and Adoption Process Act Act 68 DPW letter N/A
2005 Act 73 of 2005 – Resource Family Care Act Act 73 DPW letter N/A
2004 Act 160 of 2004 N/A N/A
2003 Act 25 of 2003 – Kinship Care Act N/A N/A
1991 Act 30 of 1991 N/A


Letter Bulletin(s) Attachment(s)
Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act N/A
Adoption Act N/A N/A
Adoption and Safe Families Act N/A
Adoption Assistance and Child Welfare Act N/A N/A N/A
Adoption Opportunities Act N/A N/A
Child Abuse and Prevention Treatment Act (CAPTA) N/A N/A
Child Protective Services N/A N/A
Developmental Disabilities Assistance and Bill of Rights Act N/A N/A N/A
DPW regulations N/A N/A
Every Student Succeeds Act N/A N/A N/A
Family First Prevention Services Act N/A
Foster Care Independence Act N/A N/A
Fostering Connections to Success and Increasing Adoptions Act N/A
Independent Living N/A
Indian Child Welfare Act N/A
Interstate Compact on the Placement of Children Safe and Timely Interstate Placement OCYF letter
Juvenile Act N/A N/A
McKinney Vento Act N/A N/A N/A
Multi Ethnic Placement Act N/A N/A
Newborn Protection Act N/A N/A
Preventing Sex Trafficking and Strengthening Families Act N/A N/A
Title IV of Social Security Act N/A N/A
Uninterrupted Scholars Act-Educational Stability Cover Letter for OCYF Bulletin #3130-10-04 N/A

Other Relevant Bulletins

The Title Letter Bulletin(s) Attachment(s)
Certification as a Specialized Setting for Children and Youth N/A N/A
Child Restraints N/A N/A
Complex Case Planning N/A
Concurrent Planning N/A
DPW Bulletin OMHSAS 10-02 N/A N/A
Emergency Placements N/A N/A
Integrated Children’s Services Cover Letter for DPW Bulletin #00-05-05 Integrated Children’s Services Initiative N/A
Medical Assistance Bulletin #01-02-11 N/A
Medical Assistance Bulletin #53-03-01 N/A N/A
Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services Bulletin #OMSHAS-02-02 N/A
  • effective intersystem collaboration constitute a responsibility within mental health and among all child/adolescent-serving systems. Desired outcomes can occur only when all systems, despite some differences in terminology, philosophy, and regulation, recognize the commonality of their goals and the need to collaborate toward common objectives that benefit children and adolescents and their families. For example, within the drug and alcohol system it is recognized that substance use disorders impact the functioning of the family system, and every effort is made to engage the entire family in the treatment process with informed voluntary written consent of the child or adolescent. At times, however, it may not be appropriate to include the family system due to ongoing parental substance use. Within the Juvenile Justice system, the need to protect public safety may over-ride the principle of treatment in the "least restrictive, least intrusive" setting. But these agencies, and others, are key components of the CASSP System and are crucial partners with the mental health system in achieving successful outcomes."> Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services Bulletin OMHSAS-02-02
Mental Retardation Bulletin #00-03-02 N/A N/A
Notification Protocol for Formal Licensing Actions and Incidents N/A N/A
Permanent Legal Custody N/A
Safety N/A N/A
Serving Child Victims of Human Trafficking in Pennsylvania N/A N/A
Shared Case Responsibility N/A