Hearing Scheduled on Phony Autism Therapists
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) _ A bipartisan group of Connecticut lawmakers and parents of children with autism are urging the General Assembly to pass legislation that cracks down on phony autism therapists.
The General Assembly’s Public Health Committee has scheduled a public hearing Wednesday to discuss the legislation.
The proposal was prompted by a case involving a woman who was hired by the Norwalk and Weston public schools to treat autistic children. She was sentenced last year to three years in prison for larceny, but could not be punished for lying about her qualifications as a therapist.
The legislation is supported by the Senate majority leader and members of the Norwalk delegation. It would create a new penalty, punishable by up to five years in prison and up to a $500 fine for each instance.
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