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Senator Gay Kernan Passes "Children First" CYFD Measure Through the Senate

SANTA FE — Today, Senate Bill 150, sponsored by Senator Gay Kernan (R-Hobbs), cleared the Senate with unanimous, bipartisan support. The bill clarifies language to ensure that the Children, Youth and Families Department (CYFD) checks in with families of infants born with substance addictions after their hospital discharge.

Following the passage of the bill, Senator Kernan issued the following statement:

“Children born with drug addictions are in need of special attention as early as possible. As it stands, these high need, high risk babies born into inherently dubious situations have no follow-up on their essential plan of care. This bill simply ensures that these difficult cases do not become tomorrow’s front-page tragedy. I want to thank all the stakeholders who helped craft this legislation and my colleagues for their overwhelming support.”

Senate Bill 150 will now be sent to the House of Representatives for consideration.

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