As a result of The Arc Minnesota’s advocacy, the Minnesota House recently approved HF919/ SF562 to expand benefits to individuals with autism and related conditions. This bill is meant to modify the 2013 law surrounding intensive treatment for children with autism. Sponsored by Representative Roz Peterson and Senator Jim Abeler, this bill will extend Early Intensive Developmental and Behavioral Intervention (EIDBI) to 21-year-olds as well as children with other qualifying conditions. Other benefits of the bill include: coverage of individualized treatment plans, training for parents and caregivers, monitoring of treatment plans, and evaluations of treatment goals. The bill passed the Senate in March by a 66-0 vote and passed the House this week by a 131-0 vote. The bill was recently signed by Governor Mark Dayton.
The Arc New Jersey’s Self-Advocacy Project hosted an event celebrating Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month at the State House in March. Department of Human Services Commissioner Beth Connolly and more than 35 legislators attended the event. Self-advocates met with these officials to discuss issues important to them such as DSP wages. Pictures from the event can be found on The Arc New Jersey’s Facebook page.