Rep. Shelly Hutchinson Introduces Legislation to Update Mental Disorders, Autism in Georgia Law

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ATLANTA – State Representative Shelly Hutchinson (D-Snellville) recently introduced House Bill 514, legislation that would modernize how Georgia law references and defines mental disorders, as well as Autism.

“I am introducing House Bill 514 to update state law to keep in-step with how mental health experts define these complex health issues,” said Rep. Hutchinson. “Currently, Georgia code refers to an outdated version of the American Psychiatric Association’s Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders. Modern mental health practice is based on the fifth edition of this manual, which was released 21 years ago, and HB 514 would bring Georgia law into compliance with current mental health best practices.”

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