The 2013 Minnesota Legislature passed a resolution to establish an Autism Early Intensive Intervention Benefit. Since then, the Department of Human Services has been hard at work to define what this benefit will look like and how it will be implemented in Minnesota. Using federal guidelines, DHS has called upon the expertise of key members of the autism community in Minnesota to define the benefit. As of June 1, the department has posted the results of this work and opened up the process to public comment. While part of the process included a task force of parents, CEA believes that parents need to be heard from directly. So join us next week on June 18 to get the details on this benefit directly from Anne Harrington who has led the task forces. Get your questions answered and provide your feedback directly at this presentation. Sign up here!
If you are unable to attend, you can still provide your feedback to DHS. DHS is seeking public comment to the State Plan Amendment that will initiate coverage for medically necessary Autism Early Intensive Developmental and Behavioral Interventions. This benefit will be available to children with autism from birth up to age 18 as part of Medical Assistance. Services include a comprehensive multi-disciplinary evaluation, intensive developmental and behavioral interventions, parent/caregiver training and education, care consultation and thorough progress monitoring.
Submit comments to [email protected] no later than 4 p.m. Central Time, July 2, 2014. After the public comment period, DHS will make appropriate changes in the plan and submit it to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. View a copy of the amendment on the DHS public participation page.