Stone Soup Group hosts “Building Strong Parents” August 20, 2014

This group is for parents who care for children with special needs between the ages 14 and 26. All discussions and topics are held in a neutral setting and parent driven. Come listen and share experiences with others on a similar journey.

6:30 – 8:00 PM
Stone Soup Group
Teleconference is available
Registration Required by calling 1-877-786-7327
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Step-In Autism Services of Alaska, LLC Invites You to Join Us!

Details about our Fairbanks location will be posted soon. Be sure to save the date in your calendars.

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Autism Speaks Prepared this Guide for Parents

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Autism Speaks ATN/AIR-P Parents Guide to Applied Behavior Analsys
Quote from Autism Speaks: “These materials are the product of on-going activities of the Autism Speaks Autism Treatment Network, a funded program of Autism Speaks. It is supported by cooperative agreement UA3 MC 11054 through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration, Maternal and Child Health Research Program to the Massachusetts General Hospital. Continue reading →

Clarification of Medicaid Coverage of Services to Children with Autism

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This Medicaid announcement is posted here:

http://www.medicaid.gov/Federal-Policy-Guidance/Downloads/CIB-07-07-14.pdf

CMCS Opening excerpt:

DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH & HUMAN SERVICES
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services
7500 Security Boulevard, Mail Stop S2-26-12
Baltimore, Maryland 21244-1850

CMCS Informational Bulletin

DATE: July 7, 2014

FROM: Cindy Mann, Director  Center for Medicaid and CHIP Services

SUBJECT: Clarification of Medicaid Coverage of Services to Children with Autism

In response to increased interest and activity with respect to services available to children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), CMS is providing information on approaches available under the federal Medicaid program for providing services to eligible individuals with ASD.

Background
Autism spectrum disorder is a developmental disability that can cause significant social, communication and behavioral challenges. A diagnosis of ASD now includes several conditions that used to be diagnosed separately: autistic disorder, pervasive developmental disorder not otherwise specified (PDD-NOS), and Asperger syndrome. These conditions are now all called autism spectrum disorder. Currently, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that approximately 1 in 68 children has been identified with ASD.

Treatments for children with ASD can improve physical and mental development. Generally these treatments can be categorized in four categories: 1) behavioral and communication approaches; 2) dietary approaches; 3) medications; and 4) complementary and alternative medicine. While much of the current national discussion focuses on one particular treatment modality called Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA), there are other recognized and emerging treatment modalities for children with ASD, including those described in the ASD Services, Final Report on Environmental Scan (see link below). This bulletin provides information
related to services available to individuals with ASD through the federal Medicaid program.

 

http://www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/autism/facts.html

http://www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/autism/treatment.html

http://www.medicaid.gov/Medicaid-CHIP-Program-Information/By-Topics/Long-Term-Services-and-Supports/Downloads/Autism-Spectrum-Disorders.pdf

BE SAFE: UAF Sponsored Event August 4, 2014

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DOD Details ABA Changes in Federal Register

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Courtesy Repost from AMFAS News Site:

Tricare officials have published information regarding the ABA changes coming next month.
Most families won’t notice any changes, but there are several key points that families should be aware of. Click here for more information.

Autism Costs More Than $2 Million Over Patient’s Life

This is one of the important reasons Step-In Autism Services of Alaska utilizes ABA. Please refer to this article from Bloomberg.com by Nichole Ostrow, published June 9, 2014…http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-06-09/autism-costs-more-than-2-million-over-patient-s-life.html

Here is an excerpt:  The cost of caring for a individual with autism may exceed $2 million over a lifetime, on top of the average $250,000 to raise a child today, with most of the expense occurring in adulthood, researchers said.

Expenses for each autistic person with an intellectual disability may be $2.4 million in the U.S. and $2.2 million in the U.K., largely driven by the costs of residential care, special education and reduced employment prospects. Continue reading →

‘Combating Autism Reauthorization Act of 2014′ needs your voice

Autism Speaks logoCourtesy Repost:

June 3, 2014

Legislation that would renew our nation’s commitment to address the skyrocketing rise in autism has passed its first test in the U.S. House of Representatives!

A House subcommittee has approved amendments to the bipartisan Combating Autism Reauthorization Act of 2014. The measure, HR.4631, will soon be voted on by the House Energy & Commerce Committee. Continue reading →

Free Presentation: Estate Planning, Special Needs Trusts, Benefits and Tax Law

Expert Attorney, JB Brainerd: Estate Planning, Special Needs Trusts, Benefits and Tax Law

When:     Tuesday, 10 June, 2014

Where:    Access Alaska 526 Gaffney Rd. Ste. 100; large conference room

Time:             5:30-7:00 pm

Questions contact: Art Delaune adelaune@accessalaska.net,  or Ann Lefavor, alefavor@accessalaska.net, or call Jenna Steffes at Access Alaska 479-7940

Autism Speaks: ATN/AIR-P Parent’s Guide to Applied Behavior Analysis

This tool kit is an informational guide to Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA). It is designed to provide you with a better understanding of ABA, how your child can benefit, and where/how you can seek ABA services. ABA is a set of principles that form the basis for many behavioral treatments. ABA is based on the science of learning and behavior. ABA is considered an evidence-based “best” practice treatment by the US Surgeon General and by the American Psychological Association. “Evidence based” means that ABA has passed scientific tests of its usefulness, quality, and effectiveness. [Reposted from Autism Speaks: click here for more information.]

Anyone can download the ATN/AIR-P Parent’s Guide to Applied Behavior Analysis for free here.

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