PA 15-81—sHB 6805

Committee on Children

Public Health Committee

AN ACT CONCERNING THE BIRTH-TO-THREE PROGRAM AND HEARING TESTS

SUMMARY: This act establishes an October 1, 2015 deadline (the act's effective date) by which the Department of Developmental Services (DDS) commissioner must require, as part of the Birth-to-Three program, that notice of the availability of hearing tests be given to parents and guardians of children receiving program services who are exhibiting delayed speech, language, or hearing development.

The notice may include information on the benefits of, and available financial assistance for, hearing tests for children, as well as available hearing test and treatment resources.

The act allows the DDS commissioner to adopt implementing regulations.

PA 15-5, June Special Session, 262 & 521, repeals this act. It establishes the same deadline and similar notice and regulatory provisions as the act, but it substitutes the Office of Early Childhood commissioner for the DDS commissioner and has an effective date of July 1, 2015.

The Birth-to-Three program is a private, provider-based system that provides services to families with infants and toddlers who have developmental delays or disabilities.

EFFECTIVE DATE: October 1, 2015

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