State Sen. Kim David has won committee approval for a measure to expand Oklahoma’s Child Abuse Response Team (CART) program. First launched in 2005, the concept was to utilize investigators who were highly trained in investigating child abuse, including forensic interviews of children and case development for prosecution, to oversee and coordinate the investigation of such cases.
According to the U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services’ Advisory Committee on Heritable Disorders in Newborns and Children, congenital heart disease affects approximately seven to nine of every one thousand births in the nation. Current methods for detecting congenital heart defects find less than half of all cases which is why Sen. Kim David has filed Senate Bill 851 requiring pulse oximetry screening for newborns. The measure was approved unanimously Monday by the Senate Health and Human Services Committee.