Autism services are offered through AVCMHA across all three counties (Iosco, Ogemaw and Oscoda), and are based on medical necessity determined by a series of tests completed by a licensed psychologist. The licensed psychologist makes a recommendation, based on the outcomes from this testing, to the Michigan Department of Community Health. Based on testing recommendations, the Michigan Department of Community Health determines the level of intensity the treatment should be (5 to 20 hours per week) in order to be effective.
Treatment involves the use of Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA) during the early years. ABA teaches children with autism such skills as vocal and motor imitation, play behaviors in both an independent and group setting, expressive and abstract language, increasing social skills and peer interactions as well as providing parent/caregiver training in the home. Treatment is provided by a Board Certified Behavioral Analyst (BCBA) and a team of ABA Techs both in a clinic as well as their natural environment.
This benefit is for Medicaid recipients between the ages of 18 months through their 5th year of age. At age 6, if the child meets criteria for Family Program services, they are transitioned to the Family Program and provided further supportive services.
For more information regarding the Autism Program, please contact Regina – Program Director of Family Services at 989-362-8636.