SB 153 relative to funding for early intervention services was heard in Senate Health and Human Services Committee. Sen. Jeff Woodburn, the bill’s sponsor, introduced the bill to the committee. This bill appropriates $1.3 million in general funds in each of FY 2018 and FY 2019, (combined with federal matching funds, which will result in a total of $2,600,000 per year in expenditures), for the purposes of providing services to children who applied and are eligible for early childhood intervention services through the family centered early supports and services program. More than 70 people attended the hearing, and 15 people testified in support of the bill.

When all testimony was complete, the committee immediately voted on the bill and passed it 5-0. The bill will now go on to the full Senate for a vote. Thank you notes can be sent via email to members of the Health & Human Services committee members at the email addresses below. A simple thank you with a reference to their vote on this bill is more than sufficient.

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