I was invited to do a presentation at the American Mental Wellness Association national conference on 11/22 in Harrisburg, PA. The presentation will cover “How to get and keep insurance funding for mental health treatment” focusing on children. It’s applicable to private health insurance and Medicaid EPSDT funding and will review the treatment outcome measurement system I developed and have been using for the past 20 years or so. It collects reliable and valid quality-of-life information as interval data on a criterion-referenced measure that can be analyzed by Analysis of Variance in a single-subject-with-repeated-measures design and documents statistically significant changes in behavior in response to treatment. Here is the description of the program from the conference brochure which is available here: https://www.americanmentalwellness.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/10/2019-AMWA-Conference-Brochure-10.6.19.pdf
11/22/19 Workshop 11: 10:15 – 11:45 am 1.5 CE
How to Get and Keep Insurance Funding for Mental Health Treatment for Children (ages 0-20) Until the Treatment is Completed Successfully
Insurance funding requires treatment outcome measurement. Practitioners and others need to learn about a reliable, valid, criterion-referenced measure to easily document progress in order to obtain and retain treatment funding for 10, 20, 30 or more weekly hours of intensive, individualized mental health treatment for children. This tool and strategy has been used successfully in Pennsylvania for more than 20 years. At the end of this workshop, participants will be able to: maximize private insurance funding for a child’s behavioral support and mental health treatment by using Early and Periodic, Screening, Diagnosis and Treatment (EPSDT) funding via the Medicaid Act; learn how treatment can be delivered anywhere in the US to comply with Medicaid EPSDT requirements and private insurance standards to get and keep funding in a Managed Care environment; and apply techniques to collect treatment outcome data quickly and easily, using that data to obtain and maintain treatment funding in a Managed Care environment.
Steve Kossor is a Licensed Psychologist at The Institute for Behavior Change. For the past 40 years he has performed diagnostic psychological testing and behavioral treatment planning, concentrating on children with developmental disabilities including autism. As a certified school psychologist, he has helped intellectually and emotionally challenged children to achieve greater success in school. He has presented his professional work in the areas of behavioral treatment design and outcome measurement at state and national meetings of professionals and advocates. He also provides leadership to a nonprofit Foundation that provides training and supervision to professionals who deliver treatment services funded by the Medicaid EPSDT program at no cost to families, regardless of income or the existence of private insurance.