The Arc Minnesota advocacy helps secure passage of autism bill
As a result of The Arc Minnesota’s advocacy, the Minnesota House recently approved HF919/ SF562 to expand benefits to individuals with autism and related conditions.
This bill is meant to modify the 2013 law surrounding intensive treatment for children with autism. Sponsored by Rep. Roz Peterson and Sen. Jim Abeler, this bill will extend Early Intensive Developmental and Behavioral Intervention (EIDBI) to 21-year-olds as well as children with other qualifying conditions.
Other benefits of the bill include: coverage of individualized treatment plans, training for parents and caregivers, monitoring of treatment plans, and evaluations of treatment goals. The bill passed the Senate in March by a 66-0 vote and passed the House this week by a 131-0 vote. The bill was recently signed by Gov. Mark Dayton.
The Arc Minnesota Public Policy Conference Call
•Noon to 1 p.m. on Monday. To call in, dial: 1-877-463-1999; Code: 10236
Conference Call Agenda:
No. 1: Federal Issues: American Health Care Act, Medicaid, Social Security/Supplemental Security Income
No. 2: 2017 Legislative Session
No. 3: 2017 Public Policy Priorities: Best Life Alliance SF 669/HF 873, Raising MA Income and Asset Standards SF 250/HF 225, Consumer Directed Community Supports SF 1065/HF 1445, Parental Fees SF 807/HF 1182, Employment Services SF 1055/HF 1239, MSA Housing Assistance SF 853/HF 865, SAM Funding SF 664/HF 851, Incentive Pool SF 911/HF 1061, State Quality Council, Children’s Coalition/Education Issues, Other
No. 4: Statewide Committee Updates: State Quality Council/Regional Quality Councils
No. 5: Grassroots Activities: Medicaid Action Plan
Jamey Helgeson is the Program Director at The Arc Mower County and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 507-433-8994, Extension 102. You can also visit our website (www.thearcmc.org) and follow us on Facebook (www.facebook.com/thearcmc).