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SB 5586: Requiring traumatic brain injury screenings for children entering the foster care system

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.