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  S.B. No. 1612
 
 
 
 
AN ACT
  relating to the provision of information by health and human
  services agencies to assist children with velocardiofacial
  syndrome.
         BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF TEXAS:
         SECTION 1.  Subchapter D, Chapter 117, Human Resources Code,
  is amended by adding Section 117.076 to read as follows:
         Sec. 117.076.  INFORMATION REGARDING VELOCARDIOFACIAL
  SYNDROME. (a)  The commission shall ensure that each health and
  human services agency that provides intervention services to young
  children is provided with information developed by the commission
  regarding velocardiofacial syndrome.
         (b)  Each health and human services agency described by
  Subsection (a) shall provide the information regarding
  velocardiofacial syndrome to appropriate health care coordinators
  and therapists and to parents of a child who is known by the agency
  to have at least two of the following conditions:
               (1)  hypotonicity;
               (2)  communication delay;
               (3)  articulation disorder;
               (4)  resonance disorder;
               (5)  nasal regurgitation during feeding as an infant
  with no history of a cleft palate;
               (6)  recurrent ear infections as well as diagnosis of
  cardiac anomaly, feeding disorder, cleft palate, or submucosal
  cleft palate; or
               (7)  fine motor or gross motor skills delay.
         (c)  The commission shall develop the information required
  under Subsection (a) using medically accurate, peer-reviewed
  literature. The information must include:
               (1)  an explanation of velocardiofacial syndrome
  symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment options;
               (2)  information on relevant state agency and nonprofit
  resources, parent support groups, and available Medicaid waiver
  programs; and
               (3)  a recommendation for follow-up with a health care
  provider for evaluation of the underlying etiology and an
  explanation that the existence of any of the conditions listed in
  Subsection (b) will not necessarily result in a diagnosis of
  velocardiofacial syndrome.
         (d)  The executive commissioner may adopt rules as necessary
  to implement this section.
         SECTION 2.  This Act takes effect September 1, 2009.
 
 
 
 
 
  ______________________________ ______________________________
     President of the Senate Speaker of the House     
 
         I hereby certify that S.B. No. 1612 passed the Senate on
  April 24, 2009, by the following vote: Yeas 30, Nays 0; and that
  the Senate concurred in House amendment on May 29, 2009, by the
  following vote: Yeas 31, Nays 0.
 
 
  ______________________________
  Secretary of the Senate    
 
         I hereby certify that S.B. No. 1612 passed the House, with
  amendment, on May 26, 2009, by the following vote: Yeas 145,
  Nays 0, one present not voting.
 
 
  ______________________________
  Chief Clerk of the House   
 
 
 
  Approved:
 
  ______________________________ 
              Date
 
 
  ______________________________ 
            Governor