The Executive Director of the Institute for Behavior Change, licensed psychologist and certified school psychologist Steve Kossor, has been involved in the planning and delivery of Behavioral Health Rehabilitation Services (BHRS, still mistakenly referred to in Pennsylvania as “wraparound services”) since 1996. Mr. Kossor and the staff of The Institute for Behavior Change have been extremely successful in helping parents obtain and keep EPSDT funding for treatment programs involving 20, 30 and more hours of intensive, individualized treatment for children between the ages of 1 and 21 years with Autism spectrum disorders, ADHD and other conditions. This funding is available in all 50 states to children with disabilities who are enrolled in Medicaid; it is a Civil Right, in fact. Click here for in-depth information about BHRS funded through EPSDT
In 36 states, children with disabilities can enroll in Medicaid regardless of family income and are entitled to EPSDT funding for the treatment of their disability. This is “the greatest treatment funding secret ever concealed.” You can learn more about it, and the success we’ve had with it, here; our Executive Director has produced several videos about EPSDT funding since 2007.
Mr. Kossor offers a 2 hour program of training, consultation, demonstration and assistance to parents so that their advocates, service providers and attorneys can do their work more effectively at Fair Hearings and other meetings where denials of EPSDT funding can be challenged successfully. The cost for these training sessions is $200 per family. Many people have found Mr. Kossor’s training sessions to be more useful and informative than any other consultation they have ever had — they will learn how how to get and keep the funding necessary for their child’s treatment services to be delivered in their home and the child’s school or community at no cost to parents whatsoever, through the EPSDT mandate of the Medicaid Act.
Training groups are limited in size to four families at a time in the Southeastern PA region. On-line sessions via Skype or other media sharing methods are available at the same hourly rate also. Please send e-mail inquiries about this to email@example.com.
The Issachar Project was inaugurated in Phoenix, Arizona on February 21, 2009 when Steven Kossor addressed a group of about 70 people in a meeting sponsored by the Phoenix chapter of the Autism Society of America who had gathered to learn more about the opportunities that exist within the Medicaid system to fund behavioral treatment for children with Autism and other disorders using the EPSDT funding mandate. This presentation was highly praised and explains the treatment model created by Mr. Kossor and how it could be applied in Arizona and other states. Mr. Kossor is available to present this information, customized for any state in the USA. Click here to view Mr. Kossor’s comprehensive explanation of the Medicaid EPSDT benefit, how EPSDT funds Behavioral Health Rehabilitation Services, and how to Defend the Civil Rights of Children with Disabilities.
Researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill have completed an initial analysis of over 300 “Treatment Plans that Worked” between 2002 and 2007, finding strong support for a link between the implementation of these Plans and improvements in child behavior. Without a Control Group, it is not possible to claim that these Plans caused the improvements in child behavior that were documented, but the data is remarkable nonetheless and clearly calls for further research on the effectiveness of the IBC model for Behavioral Health Rehabilitation Services (BHRS) that we have developed. We are in the process of adding new Treatment Plans that Worked to the database. Notice of the new Plans will be mailed to all subscribers asap (after all client identifying data has been removed). Press Release authorized by UNC researchers
Latest Research: Researchers at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia, PA released the results of their analyses of 887 Treatment Plans implemented by staff of the institute for Behavior Change between 2007 and 2010 on June 28th. They found that over 75% of the Plans were associated with positive changes in child behavior and noted that all plans studied were completed in one year or less. Children with Autism spectrum disorders accounted for more than 500 of the treatment records studied; more than 200 had ADHD as the primary disabling condition. Without a Control Group, it is not possible to claim that these Plans caused the improvements in child behavior that were documented, but the corroboration of previous findings, and the extremely large data base strongly indicates that BHRS is a promising treatment practice for children with ASD, ADHD and other serious behavioral challenges. The research was presented at the prestigious bi-annual meeting of the Training Institutes in Washington, DC on July 16, 2010. View research findings here
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The conference titled “Excellent Behavior Support: How to Find it, How to Fund it, How to Keep it” sponsored by the Institute for Behavior Change at the Eden Resort in Lancaster Pennsylvania was a terrific success. The DVD set has been completed and features all of the presentations, and includes all of the hand-out material distributed at the conference. This is the only source of documented information about how to implement successful “Behavioral Health Rehabilitation Services” for children and how to get and keep their funding via Medicaid (regardless of family income). The program contains up-to-date information about national trends like the Pennsylvania law created in 2008 to prevent children with Autism spectrum disorders who have private health insurance from accessing Medicaid benefits that they have been entitled to as a Civil Right under the Social Security Act since 1989.