Supreme Court Slams the Doors on Justice in Armstrong Case

The following press release from the National Health Law Program describes the Supreme Court’s cruel and abusive ruling today to prevent providers of treatment services from being advocates for the children they are treating.  According to the Court, treatment providers are not allowed to challenge State Medicaid Agencies and their contracted Managed Care Organizations when they misbehave and impose excessive restrictions, limitations and other impediments … Continue reading Supreme Court Slams the Doors on Justice in Armstrong Case

The Medical Review, a New Show Hosted by William Shatner, Retreats from Autism Controversy

Of the approximately $217 million dollars that the National Institutes of Health (NIH) invested in autism research in 2010 (the most recent year for which data is available), only a meager 2.45% went towards improving the quality of services and supports available to Autistic people and their families.  Only 1.5% went towards research that addresses the needs of Autistic adults. When compared to research on … Continue reading The Medical Review, a New Show Hosted by William Shatner, Retreats from Autism Controversy

A New Resource for Parents, Advocates, Providers and Attorneys

As the Executive Director of the Institute for Behavior Change, I have been involved in the planning and delivery of Behavioral Health Rehabilitation Services (BHRS, still mistakenly referred to in Pennsylvania as “wraparound services”) since 1996.  I and my staff have been extremely successful in obtaining and keeping the Early and Periodic Screening, Diagnostic and Treatment (EPSDT) funding for treatment programs involving twenty, thirty and … Continue reading A New Resource for Parents, Advocates, Providers and Attorneys

A Good Start: Governor Acts to Protect Direct Service Workers

We can only hope that PA Governor Tom Wolf recognizes the comparable need to raise protections for funding Therapeutic Staff Support (TSS) and other professional mental health treatment providers under the Early Periodic Screening, Diagnostic and Treatment (EPSDT) program who have been similarly faced with grossly inadequate, outdated State funding limits (TSS, BSC and MT pay rates have never been increased since 1992) which contributes to the extremely … Continue reading A Good Start: Governor Acts to Protect Direct Service Workers