Sending Office: Honorable Christopher H. Smith
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Request for Cosponsor(s)

Dear Colleague:


We invite you to cosponsor HR 1058, the Autism CARES Act of 2019 to reauthorize vital federal research and programs for individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and other developmental disabilities, that will expire on September 30, 2019.


HR 1058 will authorize funding for programs at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), Centers for Disease Control (CDC), and the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) over five years. At CDC, the funding will go to developmental disability
surveillance and research; at HRSA, the funding will cover education, early detection and intervention; at NIH, the funding will cover the expansion and coordination of autism-related activities.


Among other actions, the legislation:

  • Requires HHS to report to Congress on the progress of activities related to autism and other developmental disabilities, and the health and well-being of individuals on the autism spectrum.
  • Directs NIH to conduct research targeted at improving outcomes and detection for persons with autism of all ages.
  • Directs HRSA to prioritize grants for developmental-behavioral pediatricians in medically-underserved areas.
  • Amends sections of the Public Health Service Act (PHSA) to reflect the need for research, surveillance, education, detection, and intervention for individuals with autism spectrum disorder of all ages, not just children.


If your boss would like to cosponsor, or if you have additional questions, don’t hesitate to be in touch with Kelsey Griswold in Rep. Chris Smith’s office or Kate Werley in Rep Mike Doyle’s office.





CHRISTOPHER H. SMITH                                                  MIKE DOYLE

Member of Congress                                                              Member of Congress

Related Legislative Issues
Selected legislative information: Education, Family Issues, HealthCare
Related Bill Information
Bill Type: H.R.
Bill Type: 1058
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