OLR Bill Analysis

HB 6579 (as amended by House "A")*

AN ACT CONCERNING DEVELOPMENTAL SCREENINGS FOR CHILDREN.

SUMMARY:

This bill requires a health care provider, when completing the state's (1) early childhood health assessment record form (i.e., “yellow form”) or (2) public school health assessment form (i.e., “blue form”) for a child age five or younger, to indicate on the form whether he or she performed a developmental screening during the related examination.

Under the bill, a developmental screening means a screening that uses a method recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) to identify concerns with a child's physical and mental development, including the child's sensory, behavioral, motor, language, social, perceptual, or emotional skills.

*House Amendment “A” adds the provision on using an AAP-recommended screening method.

EFFECTIVE DATE: July 1, 2015

COMMITTEE ACTION

Public Health Committee

Joint Favorable

Yea

27

Nay

0

(03/23/2015)

Education Committee

Joint Favorable

Yea

27

Nay

0

(04/17/2015)