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House Committee Approves Legislation to Support Children’s Behavioral Health System of Care

April 19, 2022

Contact Name: Marina Altschiller

Phone: (603) 271-3375

CONCORD – Today, the House Health, Human Services and Elderly Affairs Committee voted Ought to Pass on SB 416. SB 416, prime sponsored by Senator Becky Whitley (D-Hopkinton), requires children's behavioral health assessments to include evidenced-based functional behavioral analysis, or similar assessment, and a behavioral intervention plan prior to the placement decision. The bill will next go before the full House for a vote.

After the vote, prime sponsor Senator Becky Whitley (D-Hopkinton) issued the following statement:

“The children’s mental and behavioral health system of care is a bipartisan priority, and I am extremely grateful to see SB 416 move forward today. Assessments done through a functional behavioral analysis help us to better understand the underlying cause and meaning of a child’s behavioral challenges so that the state can make better-informed decisions when it comes to their care. I am happy to see SB 416 continue to receive bipartisan support as we work to ensure our children get the care they need, close to home.”


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