Bill Details - SB548 (2018)

SB 548-FN - AS AMENDED BY THE SENATE

 

03/08/2018   0987s

03/22/2018   1132s

2018 SESSION

18-2972

01/05

 

SENATE BILL 548-FN

 

AN ACT relative to therapeutic intervention needs of infants diagnosed with neonatal abstinence syndrome.

 

SPONSORS: Sen. Hennessey, Dist 5; Sen. Lasky, Dist 13; Rep. P. Gordon, Rock. 29; Rep. M. MacKay, Hills. 30; Rep. LeBrun, Hills. 32

 

COMMITTEE: Health and Human Services

 

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AMENDED ANALYSIS

 

This bill requires the commissioner of the department of health and human services to submit a plan for establishing a 3-year pilot program that provides therapeutic intervention to infants diagnosed with neonatal abstinence syndrome.

 

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Explanation: Matter added to current law appears in bold italics.

Matter removed from current law appears [in brackets and struckthrough.]

Matter which is either (a) all new or (b) repealed and reenacted appears in regular type.

03/08/2018   0987s

03/22/2018   1132s 18-2972

01/05

 

STATE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE

 

In the Year of Our Lord Two Thousand Eighteen

 

AN ACT relative to therapeutic intervention needs of infants diagnosed with neonatal abstinence syndrome.

 

Be it Enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court convened:

 

1  Pilot Program Plan.

I.  The commissioner of the department of health and human services shall submit a plan to the senate president, the speaker of the house of representatives, the governor, and the chairpersons of the house and senate finance committees to establish a 3-year pilot program in 4 geographically dispersed areas in New Hampshire that provides therapeutic intervention to infants diagnosed with neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS) and their families and caregivers.  The plan shall:

(a)  Include infants discharged from an inpatient hospital with a diagnosis of NAS and provide best practice intervention from the onset of discharge to the time where an early support services program (ESS) may begin early intervention services.

(b)  Provide best practice interventions, including infant evaluation and treatment, to address the self-regulation needs of a developing NAS infant between the ages of birth through 12 months, with the focus of service between birth and 3 months.  

(c)  Provide therapeutic intervention for both infants and families and caregivers, including education relative to understanding infant cues and signals, infant massage and other calming or self-soothing techniques that promote typical self-regulation development of the infant, such as normal sleep cycles, typical movement patterns, and decreased stress responses.  

(d)  Provide opportunities for parents and caregivers of NAS infants to learn and practice techniques for the carry-over of intervention in the home.

(e)  Make clear that a parent may bring a therapeutic summary of intervention to the ESS intake evaluation to reduce duplication of services and to ensure generalization of strategies and interventions.

(f)  Use an assessment tool that will successfully identify the infant's progress.  This tool shall consist of a sensory processing assessment and stress response questionnaire.  

(g)  Coordinate summary reports that can be shared with an area ESS program case manager.

II.  The commissioner may propose to  contract with providers to effectuate the work of the pilot program.  Any proposal to contract may include the following:

(a)  That when an infant is discharged from a hospital with a diagnosis of NAS, an immediate referral to the program shall be made and services shall begin within 3-5 days.  Services shall continue through the time an area ESS program is able to begin its initial intake evaluation.  

(b)  That when progress is made toward appropriate self-regulation development, as measured by one of the therapeutic assessments under paragraph I, the successful calming strategies shall be taught to parents and included in a therapeutic summary.  The summary shall be available to area ESS programs under HIPPA guidelines.  

(c)  If a NAS infant does not demonstrate progress in self-regulation skills, as measured by one of the therapeutic assessments under paragraph I, explain in detail the reasons why the child is not meeting developmental milestones or progressing towards them, and shall recommend specific strategies, services, and programs that shall be provided to assist the child's success.

III.  The pilot  program shall only apply to children from birth to 6 months of age but may be extended to 12 months in certain cases.

2  Implementation of Plan for Pilot Program.  The fiscal committee of the general court may recommend implementation of the plan for the pilot program under section 1 of this act on an interim basis prior to June 30, 2019 if funds are available.

3  Effective Date.  This act shall take effect upon its passage.

 

LBAO

18-2972

Amended 3/12/18

 

SB 548-FN- FISCAL NOTE

AS AMENDED BY THE SENATE (AMENDMENT #2018-0987s)

 

AN ACT relative to therapeutic intervention needs of infants diagnosed with neonatal abstinence syndrome and making an appropriation therefor.

 

FISCAL IMPACT:      [ X ] State              [    ] County               [    ] Local              [    ] None

 

 

 

Estimated Increase / (Decrease)

STATE:

FY 2019

FY 2020

FY 2021

FY 2022

   Appropriation

$589,000

$0

$0

$0

   Revenue

$0

$0

$0

$0

   Expenditures

$589,000

$589,000

$589,000

$0

Funding Source:

  [ X ] General            [    ] Education            [    ] Highway           [    ] Other

 

METHODOLOGY:

This bill requires the Department of Health and Human Services to establish a three-year pilot program providing therapeutic intervention to infants diagnosed with neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS).  The program is to be administered by contracted providers.  The Department notes that for the three-year period from 2013 through 2015, there were 829 NAS diagnoses, a number not expected to fluctuate significantly in future years.  The Department estimates program costs of $589,000 annually, broken out as follows:

  • Program Administration: $25,000
  • Pediatrician: $26,250
  • Recovery Coach / Development / Program Coach: $45,000
  • Developmental Pediatrician Oversight: $14,000
  • Supplies & Indirect Costs: $25,000
  • Other: $12,000

Total per site $147,250

 

Total of $147,250 per site * four sites: $589,000

 

This bill contains a general fund appropriation of $589,000 in FY 2019.

 

AGENCIES CONTACTED:

Department of Health and Human Services

 

Docket

Date Status
Jan. 18, 2018 Introduced 01/18/2018 and Referred to Health and Human Services; SJ 2
Jan. 3, 2018 Introduced 01/03/2018 and Referred to Health and Human Services; SJ 2
Jan. 23, 2018 Hearing: 01/23/2018, Room 101, LOB, 01:00 pm; SC 4
March 8, 2018 Committee Report: Ought to Pass with Amendment # 2018-0987s, 03/08/2018; Vote 5-0; CC; SC 10A
March 8, 2018 Committee Amendment # 2018-0987s, AA, VV; 03/08/2018; SJ 6
March 8, 2018 Ought to Pass with Amendment 2018-0987s, MA, VV; Refer to Finance Rule 4-5; 03/08/2018; SJ 6
March 15, 2018 Committee Report: Inexpedient to Legislate, 03/15/2018; SC 12A
March 22, 2018 Special Order to 03/22/2018, Without Objection, MA; 03/15/2018 SJ 8
March 15, 2018 Special Order to the next session, Without Objection, MA; 03/15/2018; SJ 8
March 21, 2018 Committee Report: Inexpedient to Legislate, 03/21/2018; SC 13
March 22, 2018 Committee Report: Inexpedient to Legislate, 03/22/2018; SC 13
March 22, 2018 Special Order to 03/22/2018, Without Objection, MA; 03/21/2018 SJ 9
March 22, 2018 Committee Report: Inexpedient to Legislate, 03/22/2018;
March 22, 2018 Inexpedient to Legislate, MF, VV; 03/22/2018; SJ 10
March 22, 2018 Sen. Bradley Moved Ought to Pass; 03/22/2018; SJ 10
March 22, 2018 Sen. Bradley Floor Amendment # 2018-1132s, AA, VV; 03/22/2018; SJ 10
March 22, 2018 Ought to Pass with Amendment 2018-1132s, MA, VV; OT3rdg; 03/22/2018; SJ 10
March 22, 2018 Introduced 03/22/2018 and referred to Health, Human Services and Elderly Affairs HJ 10 P. 53
April 11, 2018 ==ROOM CHANGE== Public Hearing: 04/11/2018 01:00 PM LOB 206
April 17, 2018 Executive Session: 04/17/2018 10:00 AM LOB 205
Committee Report: Inexpedient to Legislate (Vote 20-0; CC)
April 26, 2018 Committee Report: Inexpedient to Legislate for 04/26/2018 (Vote 20-0; CC) HC 16 P. 6
April 26, 2018 Inexpedient to Legislate: MA VV 04/26/2018

Action Dates

Date Body Type
Jan. 23, 2018 Senate Hearing
March 8, 2018 Senate Floor Vote
March 15, 2018 Senate Floor Vote
March 15, 2018 Senate Floor Vote
March 22, 2018 Senate Floor Vote
March 15, 2018 Senate Floor Vote
March 21, 2018 Senate Floor Vote
March 21, 2018 Senate Floor Vote
March 22, 2018 Senate Floor Vote
April 11, 2018 House Hearing
April 17, 2018 House Exec Session
House Floor Vote
April 26, 2018 House Floor Vote

Bill Text Revisions

SB548 Revision: 2910 Date: Jan. 9, 2018, 9:40 a.m.
SB548 Revision: 3228 Date: March 12, 2018, 10:17 a.m.
SB548 Revision: 3305 Date: March 22, 2018, 12:05 p.m.