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Prieto, Pinkin, Mosquera & Benson Bill to Help Diagnose & Treat Traumatic Brain Injuries in At-Risk Youth OKd by Assembly

Bill Aims to Decrease Incarceration Rates by Capturing & Treating More Undiagnosed Cases
By a vote of 53-15-6, the full Assembly has approved legislation sponsored by Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto and Assembly Democrats Nancy Pinkin, Gabriela Mosquera and Daniel Benson to identify at-risk children and young adults with brain injuries in cooperation with the state's mental health and juvenile justice systems.

The lawmakers noted that a study published earlier this year in the Journal of Adolescent Health indicated that half of all 16- to 18-year-olds in New York City's jails said they had a traumatic brain injury before being incarcerated, most of which were caused by assaults.

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