SEEKING: CHILDREN ON MEDICAID/HUSKY A WITH AUTISM AND IN NEED OF APPLIED BEHAVIORAL ANALYSIS SERVICES
· Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA) is a kind of therapy now well-recognized as an appropriate treatment for children with autism, and it is required to be provided where medically necessary by commercial insurance plans in CT.
· But the CT Department of Social Services is refusing to pay for these services under the Medicaid program (also known as HUSKY A), except in very narrow circumstances. These services must be provided under the special requirements of federal Medicaid law applicable to children.
· Attorneys experienced in Medicaid and disability cases are considering bringing a lawsuit to force DSS to provide ABA services. They seek children whose parents or guardians are willing to have them be plaintiffs in a lawsuit to be filed in federal court.
These are the criteria they are looking for:
1. The child is on Medicaid/HUSKY A.
2. There is a diagnosis of an autism spectrum disorder.
3. A provider has recommended ABA services for this child.
4. The family is willing to have their name used in public court
papers and in media accounts.
Do you know anyone who meets these criteria? If so, please have them contact one of these attorneys:
Sheldon Toubman, Esq.
New Haven Legal Assistance Association
(203) 946-4811, ext. 148
Nancy B. Alisberg, Managing Attorney
Office of Protection and Advocacy
for Persons with Disabilities
(860) 297-4397, (800) 842-7303
Jay Sicklick, Esq.
Center for Children’s Advocacy