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6-20-18

A Bill for Recognizing Early Childhood Trauma Related to Substance Abuse


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This bill, H.R. 5889 Recognizing Early Childhood Trauma Related to Substance Abuse Act of 2018, was  passed by the House last week. The summary states the Act would require the Department of Health and Human Services to provide resources to early childhood care and education providers and other professionals working with young children on ways to recognize and respond to children who may be affected by a family member’s or other adult’s substance abuse. Such resources must include information on risk-assessment, age-appropriate care, and response options that support the whole family.


H.R. 5889 was received in the Senate and Read twice the following day and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions for further review.