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A09868 Summary:

Amd §2500-j, Pub Health L
Mandates autism screening, that is in compliance with guidelines established by the American Academy of Pediatrics for children three years of age and under.
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A09868 Memo:

submitted in accordance with Assembly Rule III, Sec 1(f)
SPONSOR: Santabarbara
  TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the public health law, in relation to autism screening for children three years of age and under   PURPOSE: To establish screening tools and guidelines for autism spectrum disor- ders (ASD) in children three years of age and younger.   SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS: Section 1: Amends the public health law to require the commissioner of health to include developmental screening for children age three or younger in best practice protocols for screening of children for autism spectrum disorders and require that such protocols be updated on a bien- nial basis. Section 2: Effective Date.   JUSTIFICATION: Currently, there is no standardized screening approach for the early identification of autism. Screening is a way to detect a disorder, such as autism, before the onset of symptoms. ASD can sometimes be detected at 18 months or younger. By age 2, a diagnosis by an experienced profes- sional can be considered very reliable. To promote and improve the early identification of autism, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has recently published practice guidelines that recommends screening for ASD at the 18 and 24 month visits. Despite these guidelines, most busy pediatric practices do not consistently implement screening. As a result, most children are not diagnosed until age 3 or later. This delay means that children with an ASD might not get the help they need. Early treatment of autism can have a significantly positive impact on the health and well-being of children and their families.   LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: New legislation   FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: None.   EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect on the ninetieth day after it shall have become a law; provided, however, the amendment and/or repeal of any rule or regulation necessary for the implementation of this act on its effec- tive date are authorized and directed to be made and completed on or before such effective date.
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A09868 Text:

                STATE OF NEW YORK
                   IN ASSEMBLY
                                    February 15, 2018
        Introduced  by  M.  of  A. SANTABARBARA -- read once and referred to the
          Committee on Health -- committee  discharged,  bill  amended,  ordered
          reprinted as amended and recommitted to said committee
        AN  ACT  to amend the public health law, in relation to autism screening
          for children three years of age and under
          The People of the State of New York, represented in Senate and  Assem-
        bly, do enact as follows:
     1    Section 1. The opening paragraph of subdivision 1 of section 2500-j of
     2  the  public  health law, as added by chapter 335 of the laws of 2008, is
     3  amended to read as follows:
     4    The commissioner shall establish, for use by  pediatric  primary  care
     5  providers,  best  practice protocols for early screening of children for
     6  autism spectrum disorders, including but not  limited  to  developmental
     7  screening  for  children  three  years  of age and under. Such protocols
     8  shall incorporate standards and guidelines established by  the  American
     9  Academy of [Pediatricians] Pediatrics, shall be updated at least bienni-
    10  ally, and shall include, but not be limited to:
    11    § 2. This act shall take effect immediately.

         EXPLANATION--Matter in italics (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                              [ ] is old law to be omitted.
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