SB5586 directs the Secretary of DCYF, as part of the evaluation of all children on the foster care caseload that is completed to identify children who meet the criteria for long term care or assistance, to include a screening for traumatic brain injury (which incudes concussion). If the screening reveals symptoms of traumatic brain injury, the child must be referred to a primary care physician or pediatrician for further evaluation. Additionally, the caregivers must be provided information about the effects of traumatic brain injury on children. If necessary, the primary care physician or pediatrician may refer the child to a physician who specializes in traumatic brain injury.
Referred to Senate Human Services, Reentry, and Rehabilitation on 1.24.19. Public hearing in the Senate Committee on Human Services, Reentry & Rehabilitation on 2.6.19 at 8:00 a.m. Executive action taken in the Senate Committee on Human Services, Reentry & Rehabilitation on 2.19.19; 1st substitute bill passed. On motion, referred to Ways & Means on 2.21.19. Not yet scheduled for a hearing. As of mid-March, the bill is dead. However, it could “come back" during the 2019 session as an amendment on another bill or other mechanisms, or next year (since bills technically stay alive for the full 2019-20 biennium). (updated 4.5.19)