CARD is hosting a series of seminars, “California Insurance Funding for Autism Treatment,” to educate families and other caregivers about the California Autism Insurance Mandate (SB 946). As of July 1, the law requires most insurance providers to cover behavioral health treatment, including applied behavior analysis, for individuals on the autism spectrum. The free, two-hour seminars will be held from July 28 to August 25, 2012 at CARD centers in Fresno, the East Bay, Garden Grove, Sacramento, San Diego, and Tarzana.
I walk. Every day I take a tour of the block next to our office, and it’s not a pretty walk – just to get some exercise, clear the brain, move the old bones. My tour takes me through an alleyway turned parking lot, behind some businesses and bordering the freeway. Not pretty, but occasionally interesting – or better perhaps, perplexing.
The Center for Autism and Related Disorders (CARD) will host an Autism Insurance Funding Workshop on Saturday May 19, 2012 from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. for parents and caregivers to learn the changes that will take effect on July 1, 2012 due to SB 946. The informational seminar will be held at the CARD San Juan Capistrano office, located at 27127 Calle Arroyo, Suite 1921, San Juan Capistrano, California. Light refreshments will be served.
Families with children from birth to five years of age who are experiencing any sort of challenging behavior and reside in the communities of the Northeast Maricopa region may qualify for a “First Things First” grant that provides free specialized outpatient services.
Last week, the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit made a landmark decision in a case involving California’s Mental Health Parity Act (AB-88). In the suit, the plaintiff, who suffers from Anorexia Nervosa, one of the serious mental illnesses covered by California’s Parity Law, argued that because her treatment was deemed medically necessary, that it should have been paid for by her insurance carrier regardless of whether or not it was a plan benefit. In the Parity Act, an insurance plan that falls under the scope of the act is required to provide ALL medically necessary care for serious mental illnesses stating,
The Department of Developmental Services (DDS) is attempting to implement new regulations that will negatively impact our ability to provide quality services to our clients. The proposed regulation gives DDS the ability to lower our reimbursement rates for therapy work and increases the experience requirement for our therapists. This means that in most cases we will not be able to afford to keep our current therapists on staff. Our Regional Center reimbursement rates are already very low and the planned 25% cut will make it financially impossible for us to hire, train and retain great therapists. Plus, most of our therapists come to CARD for their first clinical position and they do so because of our exceptional training program. However, if they don’t apply to CARD with at least 6 months of previous experience, we won’t be able to hire them. How are these bright people supposed to get experience if organizations like CARD can’t hire them?
On Monday July 11, the California Department of Managed Health Care (DMHC) reached a settlement with Blue Shield of California, in which Blue Shield agreed to cover applied behavior analysis (ABA) treatment for autism spectrum disorders (ASD).