Session: 2023-2024

ACLU-PA Position: Supports

HB 43 (PN 32) would amend current statutory language to prohibit acceptance into an accelerated rehabilitative disposition program (commonly known as ARD) as a basis for designating a report of suspected child abuse report as “founded.” This change, which provides for stronger due process protections for those admitted to ARD, is a legislative fix to codify the PA Supreme Court’s 2021 ruling in J.F. v. Dep't of Human Services.

Additionally, this clarification would underscore that ARD should not be considered a criminal conviction in order to punish someone in another, separate matter.

Check the bill's status here.


Representative Abby Major



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