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Montana Medicaid now to provide ABA therapy to eligible youth

July 20, 2022, KRTV, Great Falls, MT: DPHHS is increasing services to people with Autism
The Montana Department of Public Health & Human Services (DPHHS) announced this week that it will increase services for Medicaid-eligible youth with autism and other disabilities.

DPHHS director Adam Meier said in a news release that now Medicaid-eligible youth with autism, Serious Emotional Disturbance (SED), or those eligible for the agency’s Developmental Disabilities Program now have access to what is called Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA) Services. …

“This is exciting news for Montana,” said Candice Maurer, a BCBA with Arrows Behavior Academy in Livingston. “ABA therapy has been proven to help any child decrease maladaptive behavior and increase the teaching of new skills.” ….

Mauer elaborated that she is especially excited for the expansion of ABA services to include children with SED diagnosis. “I believe that ABA is an under-utilized intervention for children who fall into his demographic, so I’ve very pleased to see Montana now allowing BCBA’s to treat these children,” Mauer said….

…We’re excited this opportunity is now available to many more Montana families.”


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