Massachusetts PANS PANDAS Updates
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Call To Action
P.S.: It is particularly important if you happen to live in Weymouth or Bristol and Norfolk Counties – Consisting of the city of Attleboro and the towns of Mansfield, North Attleboro, and Norton in the county of Bristol; and the towns of Canton, Foxboro, and Sharon in the county of Norfolk; because the chairmen of the Joint Committee on Financial Services serve those communities.
AN ACT RELATIVE TO PANS/PANDAS SCREENING IN MEDICAL/CLINICAL SETTINGS
For more information about H 38920 – See the Massachusetts Gov Website
Example Letter – See Link
3920 Point Paper – See PDF Link
Benefits of Mandating PANS and PANDAS Screenings in Pediatrics Well Visits:
Evidence-Based Healthcare: Mandating PANS and PANDAS screenings during annual well visits
empowers pediatricians to provide comprehensive care encompassing both physical and mental
health. This approach supports early detection, timely treatment, and preventable hospitalizations
promoting overall well-being for children.
Prevention of Misdiagnoses: Routine screenings decrease the likelihood of misdiagnosing PANS and PANDAS as purely psychiatric conditions, thereby preventing inappropriate treatments that lead to continued physical and mental deterioration and prolonged suffering. Recognizing the autoimmune basis of these disorders can guide appropriate and targeted therapeutic interventions.
S.1266 & H.1975
An Act Relative to PANS/PANDAS
S.1266 & H.1975 Point Paper – See PDF Link
This legislation is of paramount importance to understand the prevalence of PANS/PANDAS in children who were & are beneficiaries of DMH services. This knowledge is instrumental in developing best practices for diagnosing, treating, and supporting these children, ensuring that no child goes overlooked. Furthermore, it has the potential to revolutionize how the Commonwealth provides assistance to children with PANS/PANDAS.