Declare Autism Epidemic In Colorado
The bill directs the executive director of the department of public health and environment (director) to convene the governor's expert emergency epidemic response committee (committee) for the purpose of determining whether there is an autism epidemic in Colorado. The committee shall review autism data from 1990 to 2017 from every Colorado county and across all age groups. If the committee determines there is an autism epidemic, the director shall advise the governor to declare that an autism epidemic exists in Colorado; that reasonable and appropriate measures be taken to address the autism epidemic and protect the public health; that departments with publicly funded safety net programs update their plans to include the autism epidemic; and the percentage at which the state will contribute money to the autism epidemic. The committee shall prepare a report documenting its reasons for determining whether an autism epidemic exists and provide a copy of the report to the governor, the director, and each member of the general assembly.
(Note: This summary applies to this bill as introduced.)