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L’Italien Secures Funding For Students With Dyslexia, Alzheimer’s Awareness, Medically Needy Children, And More In Senate Budget

Jun 05, 2017 06:30AM ● Published by Theresa Gilman

State Senator Barbara L'Italien

(Editor's Note: the following information was provided by the office of State Senator Barbara L’Italien.)

BOSTON, MA: The Massachusetts State Senate passed the state budget on May 25, which included several amendments sponsored by 2nd Essex and Middlesex Senator Barbara L’Italien, D-Andover.

After three long days of debating budget amendments, the upper legislative chamber settled on a document to pass on to conference committee with the House. Among those amendments adopted into the budget were Amendment 199 – Improving Literacy Programs, Amendment 505 – Alzheimer’s Public Awareness, and 513 – Children with Complex Medical Needs II, all sponsored by State Senator L’Italien. Amendment 199 ensures that literacy and early literacy programs in public schools meet the need of children who have dyslexia or are at-risk for dyslexia.

Senator L’Italien also secured $100,000 in the Senate budget for the repair of a communications tower on Marsh Hill in Dracut.

Amendment 199 ensures that literacy and early literacy programs in public schools meet the need of children who have dyslexia or are at-risk for dyslexia.

“Dyslexia is one of the most common learning disorders, and so I am glad to help ensure that children with dyslexia get the services they need at school, starting at a young age,” said L’Italien.

Amendment 505 increases funding for the statewide Alzheimer’s Disease public awareness and education campaign. As recommended by the CDC, the campaign is designed to educate the public about early warning signs of the disease, access to patient services, the importance of early diagnosis, and the importance of family caregiver education and support.

Amendment 513 enables the Commonwealth to examine the costs associated with providing care for children whose comprehensive needs require constant 24-hour care.  The study will be completed by April 2018 and will help the commonwealth in determining how we can best care for these children at the lowest cost to MassHealth.

“Many families of the most medically needy children in Massachusetts, who require constant care, aren’t able to fill their hours of approved nursing,” said L’Italien. “Hopefully, we will be able to fill these hours, and allow these highly-skilled nurses to continue their profession, with adequate pay.”

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