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Several state health departments or other state agencies support activities for epilepsy that focus on epilepsy treatment, patient care, public education, or special programs for epilepsy. To view some of these epilepsy activities, select a state from the list below.  




Epilepsy Services Program (Title XXIX Public Health; Statute 385.207, is a law created to provide care and assistance to people with epilepsy and establish epilepsy control programs).

The Florida Legislature granted broad statutory authority for developing and implementing the Epilepsy Services Program, including diagnosis, treatment, and case management activities. Other programs include epilepsy prevention and public education.  

The Florida Department of Health administers the Antiepileptic Drug Program for low-income Floridians. Many commonly prescribed medications for epilepsy are available through the county health departments.

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Online Sunshine: The 2012 Florida Statutes



Iowa Department of Public Health
The Iowa Epilepsy Treatment and Education Task Force*
(The Epilepsy Treatment and Education Task Force dissolved on January 1, 2013.)

Legislation charged the Iowa Department of Public Health with forming a task force consisting of patients, physicians, and pharmacists to assess how effective generic anti-seizure drugs work for treating seizures associated with epilepsy. House File 322 requires the Epilepsy Education and Treatment Task Force to submit a report of its activities, findings, and any recommendations to the General Assembly by January 1, 2013.

Report and Recommendations

Other Reports

Education for Providers, Patients, and Pharmacists

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Iowa Department of Public Health


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New Jersey

Department of Health and Senior Services New Jersey Epilepsy Task Force.

The purpose of the New Jersey Epilepsy Task Force is to: 1) develop recommendations to educate the public and health care professionals about screening, diagnosis, and treatment of epilepsy and its complications; and 2) to develop recommendations to address psychosocial issues faced by people with epilepsy, such as, depression, stigmatization, and discrimination.

The Task Force will be making recommendations to the governor to create awareness, eliminate discrimination, and better address the needs of those with epilepsy within the State of New Jersey.

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State of New Jersey (search “epilepsy”)

New Jersey Epilepsy Task Force [PDF - 67Kb]



Pennsylvania Department of Health Epilepsy Support Services Program

The Bureau of Family Health's Epilepsy Support Services Program (ESSP) provides a continuum of support services for children, youth, and adults diagnosed with epilepsy or a related seizure disorder and their affected loved ones.  Services are offered statewide.

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Pennsylvania Department of Health

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Tennessee Department of Health Community Services Program

The Epilepsy Program assists people with epilepsy by providing financial support to the East Tennessee Epilepsy Foundation, the Middle Tennessee Epilepsy Foundation, the Greater Chattanooga Epilepsy Foundation, and the West Tennessee Epilepsy Foundation for educational and counseling activities. These activities are designed to educate people with epilepsy and their families, professional and paraprofessional groups, and the general public concerning the physical, psychosocial and vocational needs of the patient with a seizure disorder.

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Tennessee Department of Health



Texas Department of State Health Services Epilepsy Services
The Texas Department of State Health Services Epilepsy Services provides comprehensive outpatient services (diagnostic, treatment and support services) to eligible people who have been diagnosed with epilepsy or with seizure-like symptoms through health care providers in select service areas in the State of Texas.

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Texas Department of State Health Services



Washington State Department of Health

The Washington State Department of Health, in partnership with the Epilepsy Foundation Northwest, provides an accessible , comprehensive, and family centered care system for children and young people with epilepsy who live in rural, medically underserved areas of Washington State.

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Washington State Department of Health

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