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The Children’s Campaign announces policy ‘wish list’ for 2017 Legislative Session

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With all eyes focused on Election Day and who will be in office next year, The Children’s Campaign announced its policy priorities for the 2017 legislative Session. “Although the media circus surrounding the contest has created an environment where it’s hard to see anything else, the non-partisan Children’s Campaign has kept its focus on the ‘what’ of policy rather than ‘who’ will be the policy leaders of tomorrow,” the group said in an email. “As it has after every election…

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Senate panel approves changes to Florida “Early Steps Program”

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A Senate committee voted Thursday to introduce a bill that would improve state programs for infants and toddlers with developmental delays. Proposed by the Senate Committee on Children, Families and Elder Affairs, SB 7034 renames the Infants and Toddlers Early Intervention Program to the “Early Steps Program” and requires the Florida Department of Health to make information on early developmental conditions available to parents online and to train health care workers how to identify and respond to such conditions. “The…

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Senate bill allows parents to seek autism diagnosis — even if doc doesn’t think screening necessary

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Parents and guardians could override their pediatrician and have their children taken to an autism specialist or the Early Steps Program for evaluation under a bill that cleared he Senate Health Policy Committee on Tuesday. Sponsored by state Sen. Jeremy Ring, SB 146 allows parents “direct access” to the specialist if the physician conducting the initial evaluation determines that a referral is not necessary. Specialists parents could access without a referral include: psychiatrists, psychologists, neurologists or a developmental or behavioral…

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