HB 188/FN (BR 148) - S. Brinkman, D. Butler, M. Dossett, C. Embry Jr., D. Floyd, C. Hoffman, D. Horlander, B. Montell, R. Palumbo, T. Riner, S. Rudy, A. Webb-Edgington, A. Wuchner
AN ACT relating to autism spectrum disorders.
Create a new section of KRS Chapter 205 to require the Cabinet for Health and Family Services to submit an application for a Medicaid waiver to develop and implement flexible reimbursement and payment strategies for services and supports for individuals with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) within three months of the effective date of this Act; require a report on the use of the waiver if approved; create new sections of KRS Chapter 157 to require screening for autism spectrum disorders (ASD) at 18 months, 2 years, 4 years, upon school enrollment, and at the time of the sixth grade physical; require the cabinet to establish requirements for ASD screening; require schools to have a record of ASD screening; require a formal diagnosis after screening positive within 90 days; define "autism spectrum disorders"; permit a religious exemption for testing a child with ASD; amend the interagency agreement with the Department of Education to coordinate services; require the Department of Education to update the statewide Manual on Autism; create new sections of KRS Chapter 194A to create the Supports for Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders Program within the Cabinet for Health and Family Services; require the program to serve as a central coordinating body, keep an inventory of services, establish guidelines and criteria for service providers, contract with services providers, incorporate provisions of self-determination and consumer-directed options, and promote the creation of a comprehensive resource network; require the program to develop a comprehensive training plan and contract with the Kentucky Autism Training Center to implement the plan; require the program to enter into an interagency agreement with the Kentucky Department of Education for the effective delivery of services to children with ASD; define ASD; create an advisory board to ensure citizen involvement in the program; require the cabinet to fund and staff the operation of the board; require the board to provide consultation, serve as a communication conduit, and provide input to the program.
HB 188 - AMENDMENTS
HCS/FN - Delete previous provisions of the bill; add new language to amend KRS 194A.620 to establish an office to coordinate and monitor training, treatments, supports and services for individuals of all ages with an ASD and their families and caregivers; delete references to the autism commission; amend KRS 194A.622 to establish the Office for Autism Spectrum Disorders attached to the Cabinet for Health and Family Services; delete references to the Commission on Autism Spectrum Disorders which ceased to exist October 1, 2006; require the office to implement the recommendations of the Commission on Autism Spectrum Disorders, to the extent possible; require the office to service as a centralized coordinating body, promote the creation of a comprehensive resource network and work with the Kentucky Autism Training Center to develop a comprehensive training plan, to the extent possible; require the office to prepare and submit an annual report in coordination and consultation with the Kentucky Council on Developmental Disabilities; permit the office to accept gifts, grants and bequests.
HFA (1, S. Brinkman) - Retain provisions of the bill; add a representative from the Kentucky Council on Developmental Disabilities to the regional teams of the comprehensive resource network.
HFA (2, S. Brinkman) - Retain provisions of the bill; add reporting requirements and require an annual report due October 1.
Jan 8-introduced in House
Jan 10-to Health & Welfare (H)
Jan 30-posted in committee
Feb 14-reported favorably, 1st reading, to Calendar with Committee Substitute
Feb 15-2nd reading, to Rules; floor amendment (1) filed to Committee Substitute
Feb 19-posted for passage in the Regular Orders of the Day for Wednesday, February 20, 2008
Feb 20-floor amendment (2) filed to Committee Substitute
Mar 11-3rd reading, passed 97-0 with Committee Substitute, floor amendments (1) and (2)
Mar 12-received in Senate
Mar 14-to Health & Welfare (S)
Mar 20-reassigned to Appropriations & Revenue (S)