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(1) The committee shall conduct regular meetings and shall meet within 10 working days of receipt of a referral by the chair.

(2) Meetings may be conducted by telephone conference.

(3) Each committee member shall be provided a copy of the referral form, the social summary, predisposition report and any other relevant information at least 24 hours prior to the meeting.

(4) Committee deliberations shall be closed to the public to protect the youth's rights of individual privacy.   Testimony presented to the committee may be closed to the public and non-voting committee members to protect the youth's rights of individual privacy.

(5) A majority of committee members present at the meeting must concur in the recommendation forwarded to the department or youth court.

(6) The county attorney, the youth's attorney or the parents, guardian or custodian may submit a written statement pertaining to the selection of an appropriate placement for the youth and may request an opportunity to appear before the committee to present any information relevant to the placement of the youth.

(7) At its discretion, the committee may invite persons with specific or special knowledge to provide information to the committee which will assist the committee in developing placement recommendations for the youth.   A committee meeting may not be used by private organizations as a forum for marketing services.   Committee members serving on boards or as employees of private facilities which are being considered as either a primary or alternative placement option for a youth may not vote on the placement recommendation for that youth.

History: 53-1-203, MCA; IMP, 41-5-122, 41-5-123, 41-5-124 and 41-5-125, MCA; NEW, 1987 MAR p. 1625, Eff. 9/25/87; TRANS, 1996 MAR p. 1385; amd, 2000 MAR p. 1078, Eff. 4/28/00; AMD, 2002 MAR p. 2433, Eff. 9/13/02.

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