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HOUSE DOCKET, NO. 2884         FILED ON: 1/18/2013

HOUSE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 1900

 

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts

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PRESENTED BY:

Garrett J. Bradley

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To the Honorable Senate and House of Representatives of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in General
              Court assembled:

              The undersigned legislators and/or citizens respectfully petition for the adoption of the accompanying bill:

An Act to increase current medical providers' knowledge about autism in order to improve the treatment individuals with autism receive in medical settings.

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PETITION OF:

 

Name:

District/Address:

Garrett J. Bradley

3rd Plymouth

James M. Cantwell

4th Plymouth

Brian M. Ashe

2nd Hampden

Thomas J. Calter

12th Plymouth


HOUSE DOCKET, NO. 2884        FILED ON: 1/18/2013

HOUSE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 1900

By Mr. Bradley of Hingham, a petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 1900) of Garrett J. Bradley and others relative to the treatment individuals with autism receive in medical settings.  Public Health. 


The Commonwealth of Massachusetts
 

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In the Year Two Thousand Thirteen

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An Act to increase current medical providers' knowledge about autism in order to improve the treatment individuals with autism receive in medical settings.
 

              Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court assembled, and by the authority of the same, as follows:
 

              Notwithstanding any general or special law, rule, or regulation to the contrary, to expand current medical providers' knowledge about autism, the department of public health will design and provide specialized training on autism through medical continuing education programs for primary care physicians, neurologists, psychiatrists, dentists, emergency room personnel and other medical specialists. Once the training on autism is implemented, the department of public health will design a pilot program to ultimately develop one "autism team" who could be called upon should a patient with autism enter the emergency room, need tests or x-rays, or need to be admitted. Members of the "team" will have completed the specialized training on autism and will be knowledgeable about autism and communication difficulties many people with autism have and advise medical doctors and other staff how to communicate with the patient.

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