Dear Parents & Clients,
We, at Autism Journeys, have big changes on the very near horizon. We have decided to take our services to you! As of November 1, 2012, we will be transitioning to a home/community-based program. We started our company on this model and had incredible results. We have loved having a center in which to provide our services, but economically, the overhead costs have surpassed the benefits. We sincerely want to be able to provide our high quality services to a wider population.
How will this work?
We will now begin doing all of our services in the client’s home. We may also schedule sessions in community settings as appropriate. There are many benefits to home-based intervention:
· Skills are learned in the environment in which they most typically occur, contributing to improved generalization (being able to use learned skills in multiple and natural environments).
· When we are in the home, we can observe and experience a client’s behaviors, needs, and strengths “in the moment”. By seeing what happens in daily activities, we are better able to plan effective intervention.
· Being in the home can lead to better communication between providers and family members. Caregivers can ask questions and learn strategies right away.
Rest assured, Autism Journeys will continue to offer a multi-disciplinary, collaborative approach. However, how we structure our fees will change for anyone currently receiving Individual Development Plans (IDP).
With these changes, we are also progressing toward being better able to help families get services covered by insurance. Thanks in large part to dedicated and persistent families, most states now require some form of autism insurance coverage. Unfortunately, Utah is not yet among them. Some families in Utah are already getting their insurance provider to cover services. Many families with out-of-state providers may already be eligible!
We at Autism Journeys have decided to become pro-active in helping break down the insurance coverage barriers here in our state. Adjusting our services and billing procedures puts us “in line” for autism coverage, if and when Utah becomes a covered state.
Thank you in advance for your flexibility and understanding as we undergo this change. Please call or talk to your provider/s about any questions or concerns. Also please talk to your provider/s ASAP about any scheduling adjustments that need to be made.
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