New State Bill for Training of Emergency Medical Services Personnel

UConn Center on Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UConn UCEDD) and Connecticut Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities (CT LEND) are pleased to announce the Connecticut General Assembly unanimously passed H.B. No. 7000 An Act Concerning Training for certain Public Safety and Emergency Services Personnel to enhance communication between emergency responders and children and adults with disabilities in times of crisis.

The bill would direct the UConn UCEDD to expand and revise the communication toolkit previously developed by the UConn UCEDD for use by emergency medical services personnel to address persons with disabilities during an emergency. This would enable firefighters, police officers, active members of ambulance services, emergency mobile psychiatric services personnel, and mental health crisis intervention services personnel to better meet the needs of a child, youth, or adult with disabilities when needing help. Included would be techniques for serving and interacting with those with autism spectrum disorder, cognitive impairment, and nonverbal learning disorders during emergencies when verbal communication may be hindered.

We are excited to collaborate with the Connecticut Legislature on this important work. We thank State Representative Liz Linehan, co-chair of the Children’s Committee, for her continued leadership on this legislation as well as our CT LEND students who met with legislative leaders to promote the importance of this toolkit.

Learn more: Connecticut General Assembly – H.B. No. 7000