The Proposed IBHS Regulations have been released. Comments have been submitted.

The proposed IBHS (Intensive Behavioral Health Services) regulations have been released for public comment.  IBHS is intended to replace the existing Behavioral Health Rehabilitation Services (BHRS) regulations that have existed for the past 20 years or so.  In the BHRS system, licensed psychologists were permitted to deliver services after enrolling in the Pennsylvania Medicaid program and submitting a Service Description (a process that I completed … Continue reading The Proposed IBHS Regulations have been released. Comments have been submitted.

Future Directions for Research in Autism Spectrum Disorders – a critique

The following is the text of the Conclusions reported in a research paper that was published in PubMed.  Here is the link to it:  https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4163956 Conclusions In the over seventy years since Leo Kanner first described autism (Kanner, 1943), there has been remarkable progress in the areas of improved understanding of ASD neurobiology, genetics, early identification, and early intervention. However, recent increases in ASD prevalence … Continue reading Future Directions for Research in Autism Spectrum Disorders – a critique

Retaliation is on the rise….

Just published in April, 2018:  https://ethics.org/ecihome/research/ethicsstat The plan to severely limit the role of independent licensed psychologists in the new IBHS program in Pennsylvania (it will replace the BHRS program that has been in place to provide psychological treatment to children enrolled in Medicaid since 1992) may be a particularly strong example of this alarming trend.   Continue reading Retaliation is on the rise….

The Kossor Scale for Treatment Outcome Measurement

If you combine knowledge about neurological development with understanding of how Behavioral Health Rehabilitation Services (BHRS, still referred to in PA as “wraparound” services), are available as a treatment modality to children from birth to the age of 21 in Pennsylvania, and thirty-two other States, regardless of family income, you realize that the very early treatment (intensive, individualized practice) that children with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) … Continue reading The Kossor Scale for Treatment Outcome Measurement

The “Coarsening” of America Continues, What Can We Do?

I’ve been watching the “coarsening” of America for the past forty years. For example: grammar school kids assigned to read books with bloody horrific content including a wolf pack’s attacking and eating a deer “held down by the nose and steaming out the rear” while being eaten alive is actually a line in the award-winning children’s book. There can only be one outcome for the pervasive … Continue reading The “Coarsening” of America Continues, What Can We Do?