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Autism in America: What do the new stats mean for families?

April 4th, 2012

KUDOS to Minnesota Public Radio for it’s broadcast on the pervasiveness of Autism, and what it means for families of children living with this disability!

View Autism Answers Resources Page to listen to this dialogue, and view the latest news on this under the Article Section.

Happy Listening. . . . .and comment on our blog about the questions, concerns and input on these issues that affect you.

Reference:

http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/04/02/daily-circuit-autism/

 

 

The Mental Health Parity Act of 2000, AB 88

April 4th, 2012

Did you know:

In California, there is a law in place called AB 88, also known as the California Mental Health Parity Act of 2000.  This law requires coverage for the diagnosis and medically necessary treatment of the following “severe mental illnesses” in parity with other medical conditions:

pervasive developmental disorder or autism

schizoaffective disorder and schizophrenia

bipolar and major depression

panic disorder and obsessive compulsive disorder

eating disorders (anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa)

Parity means under the same terms and conditions as other medical disorders, including:

         co-payments and deductibles

maximum lifetime coverage

in-patient, out-patient, and partial hospitalizations, prescription drugs, if the plan includes prescription drugs

visit limits — most (but not all) plans interpret this to include no annual visit limits if medically necessary.

With the recent passage of the Federal Mental Health Parity Act, most plans with 50 or more employees can no longer offer limits in the number of mental health visits if they don’t limit the number of medical visits. It is important to note that the CA Mental Health Parity Act entitles your child to a diagnostic evaluation if there is a suspicion of any of the above listed conditions.

Your primary care provider can authorize this.  The plan is still responsible for this evaluation even if the child is later found not to have an autistic spectrum disorder.

Blog us on this information and let us know if its helpful!!!

Occupational Therapy a Part of California’s Autism Advisory Task Force

April 4th, 2012

To assist with implementation of  Senate Bill 946 and to address other issues, the state of California is convening an Autism Advisory Task Force to begin work on February 1. Among other duties, the task force will review evidence-based interventions and determine the necessary qualifications, training, and supervision of providers.

The American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) and the Occupational Therapy Association of California (OTAC) nominated AOTA President Florence Clark, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA, to the task force, and the nomination was accepted.

“Dr. Clark is the ideal occupational therapy representative for the Autism Advisory Task Force with her wealth of clinical, research, and advocacy experience serving children with autism spectrum disorders,” says OTAC President Shawn Phipps, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA.  Clark’s participation on the task force allows occupational therapy to have a strong voice in discussions that will determine effective interventions for children with autism.

Gov. Brown wants the task force to determine the effectiveness of treatments and the appropriate duration and cost.  The task force will meet monthly until the end of 2012 and submit a report to the governor of their findings and recommendations.

Some critics of the new law, many in the health insurance industry, say that the price of covering the interventions will raise the cost of health insurance premiums.   Let us know what you think!

For more informations:

Reference:

1. Colliver, V. (2011, October 12). Autism: Law make insurers cover therapy – for now. Retrieved January 11, 2012, from http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2011/10/11/BA6L1LFP73.DTL#ixzz1jAQQlyF5

 

The California Autism Mandate: SB 946

April 4th, 2012

Did you know that:

In October of 2011, Governor Brown signed Senate Bill 946 into law.  This law requires that intensive outpatient behavioral health services be provided for people with autistic spectrum disorders.  This law will go into effect July 1, 2012 for all CA state regulated plans.

For more details on the SB946 and your childs medical insurance coverage see the link below:

http://www.autismhealthinsurance.org/health-plan-type/4

Let us know what you think!

 

Kids Fest 2011

October 4th, 2011

Join us at the Bladium on Saturday, October 29, 2011 from 12:00pm – 4:00 p.m. for an afternoon of fun for the whole family. Free for all ages.

Activities include:

  • Lil Kickers Demos
  • Hockey Demos
  • Carnival Games
  • Raffles
  • Jumpy House
  • Face Painting
  • Halloween Theme Games

Wear your Halloween costume.

Many Thanks To Our Supporters

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Families with Special Needs Resource Fair

October 4th, 2011

The Burbank Preschool Center and Facing Autism in our Schools Today (F.A.S.T) is co-sponsoring a Families with Special Needs Resource Fair on the Burbank Preschool Center campus on Saturday October 22, 2011 from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. This resource fair is for families who have children with special needs ranging from pre-k through high school.

The Burbank Preschool Center is a unique resource in the Oakland Unified School District.  It predominantly caters to a population of children on the Autism spectrum and its families.

F.A.S.T is a grassroots organization made up of parents who have children with special needs. F.A.S.T works with organizations and community leaders to educate and enrich the lives of families by organizing social and educational community events.

We would like to extend a complimentary invitation to your organization to participate in this event.

  • Autism Answers

As you may be aware, it can be scary and overwhelming for parents to navigate their way through the many challenges they often face in seeking services and resources for their children.  In choosing to participate, you will have the opportunity to meet and potentially collaborate in future endeavors that will benefit these families.

Your organization will be provided a booth for your materials. A light snack as well as lunch will be provided with our compliments.

We would appreciate your RSVP no later than Friday September 23rd.  You can e-mail us at resourcefair.burbank@gmail.com or call the Burbank Preschool Center at 1(510)729-7771

Please feel free to pass along this event’s information to any organization that you think would be an asset for OUSD special needs families and interested in participating.

While the event is complimentary your donations or sponsorship is welcome and greatly needed to ensure that this event maintains is gratis status.

Thank you for your time and consideration. We hope to see you at what promises to be an unforgettable fun filled day of learning and socializing.

Kids Fest in Wonderland

March 11th, 2011

Join us at the Bladium from 12:30-3:30 p.m. for an afternoon of fun for the whole family. Free for all ages.

Activities include:

  • Lil Kickers Demos
  • Hockey Demos
  • Carnival Games
  • Raffles
  • Jumpy House
  • Face Painting
  • Theme Games

Wear your favorite or fun silly hat.

Many Thanks To Our Supporters

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Autism Awareness Month Event

March 10th, 2011

Join us at Oakland’s Ron Dellums Federal Building from 10-2 p.m. for a day of awareness, education, & information on autism.

 

Autism Awareness Month Event

March 10th, 2011

Join us at Mimosa’s Champagne Lounge from 6-11 p.m. for an evening of awareness, education, & information on autism.

Many Thanks To Our Supporters of Autism Awareness

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Autism Awareness Month Event

March 10th, 2011

Join us at Emeryville’s Bay Street Plaza from 10-3 p.m. for a day of awareness, education, & information on autism.

Many Thanks To Our Supporters of Autism Awareness

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