About the Work Group on Autism Research and Training

Early Intervention Services

For children under 3 years of age, in-home direct services, will be provided as needed. This may include speech and language therapy, occupational therapy, physical therapy, and early education. An IFSP (INDIVIDUAL FAMILY SERVICE PLAN) will be developed to guide these supports and therapies. Each state provides this service at the county level.

In Kansas: Infant Toddler or Tiny K Services 1-800-332-6262
In Missouri: First Steps—MO Intervention Services 1-866-583-2392

The Kansas Autism Waiver is a service provided through Kansas Social Rehabilitation Services for children from the age of diagnosis through the age of five. If eligible the child and family may receive waiver services for a time period of three years. The waiver is designed to provide intensive early intervention services to children with ASD. Services include respite care, parent support and training, intensive individual supports, consultative clinical and therapeutic services, and family adjustment counseling. To be eligible for the autism waiver the child must receive a diagnosis by a licensed medical doctor or psychologist (Ph.D.). At this time only a limited number of applicants can be served across the state of Kansas. Once the child has been accepted into services an Individualized Behavioral Plan/Plan of Care will be developed with the family by an autism specialist.

Applications can be obtained through your local SRS office or the SRS website: http://www.srskansas.org/hcp/css/Autism/Autism_Preliminary_Application.pdf or by calling your local Social Rehabilitation Services office.

More information at www.srskansas.org

Insurance Coverage in Kansas:

The state of Kansas passed legislation that will provide insurance coverage for memebers of the Kansas State Employees Health Plan (SEHP) who are less than 19 years of age. Covered services include diagnostic evaluation, Applied Behavior Analysis and any treatment "prescribed or ordered by a licensed physician, licensed psychologist or licensed specialist slinical social worker." Approved treatments must be "recognized by peer reviewed literature as providing medical benefit to the patient based upon the patient's particular autism spectrum disorder."

If you child has insurance provided by the Kansas State Employees Health Plan (SEHP), then the described services will be covered beginning January 1, 2011. Please be sure to file your claims immediately. Utilization data will be evaluated by the legislature to determine if coverage is ultimately extended to commercial insurance plans throughout Kansas. If your child does not have insurance provided by the SEHP but has a fully funded policy, the ealiest that the provisions of HB 2160 would be extended to your child is July 1, 2013

The Missouri Autism Waiver is a service provided through the Division of Mental Health. The child must have a diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder(ASD) as defined in the most recent edition of the Diagnostic and Statistics Manual of Mental Health. The waiver serves children age 3 to a mazimum age of 18 years who have behavioral and/or social or communication deficits that require supervision and that interfere with the ability to remain in the home and to participate in activities in the community. Services available through the waiver may include in-home respite; personal assistanc; behavior analysis service; and environmental accessibility adaptations to list a few. For detailed information contact the Office of Autism Services by emailing: Tec.Chapman@dmh.mo.gov, Kit.Glover@dmh.mo.gov, or Dana.Opie@dmh.mo.gov or calling 573-526-3848. Visit the website at http://dmh.mo.gov/mrdd/new/autism09.htm

Insurance Coverage in Missouri:

The state of Missouri passed legislation that will provide insurance coverage in group health plans for ASD diagnosis and prescribed treatments. The bill will become effective Jan 1, 2011. This legislation does not affect policies with self-funded plans. The bill mandates the following: 1) Requires a mandated offering to purchase these benefits on individual health care plans sold in Missouri; 2) $40K cap on ABA until age 18; 3) No cap on other therapies; 4) Definition of therapy includes equipment (communication devices and other assistive technology will be covered); and 7) State licensure (which requires BCBA certification) is required for behavior analysts, but front line therapies (implementers) will not have to register.

Private Programs

There are many private programs and schools specifically developed to help children with ASD. Some private programs in the KC Metro area can be found online at www.kcautismservices.com. Families may choose to enroll their child in a private program or supplement their public program with private therapy services.

Individualized Education Plan (IEP)

If your child is determined eligible for special education services then an IEP is developed for you child. The IEP is a written document listing the special educational services that your child will receive. The IEP is mandated under the national special education law, Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). The IEP is an opportunity for teachers, parents, school administrators, related services personnel, and students (when appropriate) to work together to address your child's educational needs. The IEP is the school's guide for delivery of special education supports and services to your child. An effective IEP takes teamwork. At a minimum an IEP must address:

  • You child's current performance in school
  • Annual goals that your child can reasonably accomplish in a year
  • List special ecucation and related services to be provided to your child-this includes modifications/accomodations to yoru child's program, aids or services needed, supports for such as training or professional development
  • Explanation of why your child will not participate with nondisbaled children (Least restrictive anvironment requires all children are placed with regular peers unless stated why that is not possible
  • By age 14 the IEP must address a plan in order for your chld to reach his/her post-school goals. By age 16 the IEP must state what transition services are needed to help your child prepare for leaving school
  • The IEP must state how your child's progress will be measured and how parents will be informed of that progress
  • The IEP must state when services will begin, how often they will be provided, where they will be provided, and how long they will last
  • The IEP must state what modifications your child will need when taking state and district-wide tests, if applicable. If the test is not appropriate for your child then it must be stated why the test is not appropriate and how the child will be tested

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