Child Abuse Reporting Laws for Montana

State and Statute: Montana, Code §§ 41-3-101 et seq.

What Is Reportable "Abuse": Physical or psychological abuse, substantial risk of physical or psychological abuse, abandonment, sexual abuse, or neglect. [41-3-102(7)(a)(28)(a) and 41-3-201(1)]

Mandatory Reporters: Includes "a member of the clergy," "religious healer," school teachers and officials, school employees, employees of any registered or licensed day care facility. [41-3-201(2)]

A "member of the clergy" includes "(i) an ordained minister, priest, or rabbi; (ii) a commissioned or licensed minister of a church or church denomination that ordains ministers if the person has the authority to perform substantially all the religious duties of the church or denomination; (iii) a member of a religious order who has taken a vow of poverty; or (iv) a Christian Science practitioner." [15-6-201(2)(b)]

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