The House on Monday approved a bill that would extend and expand benefits to people with autism and related conditions.
Sponsored by Rep. Roz Peterson (R-Lakeville) and Sen. Jim Abeler (R-Anoka), HF919/ SF562* modifies a 2013 law that provided intensive treatment for children with autism spectrum disorders. Passed 131-0, the bill would extend the benefits, called Early Intensive Developmental and Behavioral Intervention (EIDBI), to 21-year-olds and expands qualifying conditions.
After passing the Senate March 20 by a 66-0 vote, the bill now heads to Gov. Mark Dayton.
Peterson said the bill was a collaboration among stakeholders, providers and the state. It adds flexibility, Peterson said, “to cover new evidence-based therapies as we learn more about autism.”
The Department of Human Services states the program focuses on individualized treatment plans, coordinated care and training for parents and caregivers. Bolstering the benefits, supporters say, will provide better workplace opportunities and help with outreach – with no added cost to the state.
The bill also adds safeguards, like pre-benefit evaluations, monitoring treatment plans and evaluations for treatment goals, along with clarifying language to meet federal standards.
The Minnesota Supreme Court has ordered the Legislature and Gov. Mark Dayton to use mediation to resolve a funding dispute. In an opinion issued Friday, the court also ruled that Dayton’s use of the line-item veto to strip biennial funding for the Legislature was constitutional.
A Ramsey County judge on Wednesday ruled that Gov. Mark Dayton’s line-item veto of legislative funding violated the state’s constitution.
House and Senate leadership OK a resolution to seek outside legal representation in an effort to restore funding for the Legislature that Gov. Mark Dayton line-item vetoed earlier this week.
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Lawmakers on conference committees must sort through competing bills before finalizing a product to send to the governor.
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