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A02628 Summary:

Add 2828, Pub Health L
Relates to creating autism teams in hospitals; requires the department of health to design a pilot program to develop one "autism team" who may be called upon should a patient with autism come to a hospital; provides that members of the autism team shall be knowledgeable about autism and communication difficulties many people with autism have and advise physicians and other staff on how to communicate with patients with autism.
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A02628 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 creating autism teams in hospitals   PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL: This bill seeks to improve the medical diagnosis and treatment for indi- viduals with Autism Spectrum and other related disorders (ASD) in hospi- tals and health care facilities. It is aimed at cross-training existing medical staff and health care providers in the specific needs of patients with ASD and related disorders through the Department of Health. The program will provide specialized training on ASD and subse- quently establish a pilot program to develop on call "autism teams" in hospitals and health care facilities.   SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS: Section 1-1: The Department of Health shall design and provide special- ized training on ASD through medical continuing education programs for primary care physicians, neurologists, psychiatrists, dentists, emergen- cy room personnel and other medical specialists. Section 1-2: The Department of Health shall design a pilot program to ultimately develop an "autism team" that may be called upon should a patient with ASD enter the emergency room of a hospital or health care facility, need tests or x-rays, or need to be admitted. Members of the "autism team" shall have completed the specialized training on ASD and shall be knowledgeable about communication difficulties and advise physicians and other staff on how to best communicate with those patients. Section 2: Effective Date.   JUSTIFICATION: Autism is a spectrum disorder, meaning it can affect people in a variety of ways, making each person's needs unique. Sometimes small things can make a really big difference, whether it be speaking softly or changing the lighting in the room. Implementing cross-trained "autism teams" from existing medical staff will greatly increase diagnosis and treatment for patients with ASD in hospitals and health care facilities. The training provided to members of the "autism team" will be specif- ically designed to identify the special needs of patients with ASD, whether related to environment, feeding, communication or other various criteria. Trained team members can assemble as needed when a patient with ASD enters the health care facility or is admitted to a hospital. The team members then assess and create an individualized document which will be a part of the patient's electronic medical record, providing the appropriate staff with the detailed information they need to help ensure that the patient's needs are met to the greatest extent possible. A summary of the information will also be posted at the patient's location, bedside or in a place easily accessible when examining a patient.   PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: 2017-18: A7672 - Referred to higher education 2019-20: A3078 - Referred to higher education   FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: None.   EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect on the ninetieth day after it shall have become law.
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