Dr. Camille Kolu is a Behavior Analyst and a BECC Board of Directors member.
What does a family do when their children have complications from a medical event leaving them struggling to express their wants and needs without using constant challenging behavior?
What does a mother do when her adopted child starts to show difficulties sleeping, communicating with his siblings without using aggression, or making it through mealtime without throwing a devastating tantrum?What does a family do when the preschool says “we can’t handle the behaviors or the fact that she won’t play with other children”?
Without a diagnosis a family may feel lost and alone without funding and support to assist their child. But in Colorado, Medicaid has a program that provides behavioral support for children who need it—even without a diagnosis (of, for example, autism). After a pediatrician makes a referral for behavioral services, behavior analysts can be reimbursed through several local agencies, from the child’s birth until they are 21 years old, to provide needed behavior support. Often, parents and pediatricians haven’t yet heard about this program called EPSDT, or Early Periodic Screening, Diagnostic and Testing, which is based on the child’s income (e.g., not the parents’). An agency that is willing to accept the funding must first apply and be approved, and there are several agencies local to the Broomfield area that already accept it. Families can call local behavioral agencies (e.g., agencies that provide behavior services to children with autism and other behavioral challenges and diagnoses) to see if they are accepting this funding and learn more about how to get the process started. Behavior support may be provided in a child’s home or a center or other community location.
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