Mandate Applied Behavior Analysis Therapy for Florida Citizens with ASD
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Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) is a type of intensive behavioral treatment for autism spectrum disorder, and other disabilities. Coverage, when available, is provided through the plan’s mental health benefits. ABA treatment is generally focused on the treatment of core deficits of certain disabilities, such as maladaptive and stereotypic behaviors that are posing danger to self, others or property, and impairment in daily functioning.
Types of services may include diagnostic evaluations/assessments, treatment planning, treatment and/or other procedures, medication management, individual, family and group therapy. Provider-based case management services or crisis intervention typically may be provided by a board-certified behavior analyst under appropriate supervision.
As of May 2016, 46 states plus the Virgin Islands mandate ABA coverage for the treatment of autism. However, this is not mandated in Florida.
Florida must mandate that providers cover ABA for the treatment of autism and other disabilities. This burden should not fall to the caregivers, who are already spending large amounts to pay for health, vision and dental insurance. These costs cannot be sustained.
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