< My Thoughts > LOOK for RESOURCES in your area through personal contact or by searching online. My search was… Autism Resources & Services near me. Here is what came up (in alphabetical order) …
- Autism Diagnosis Specialists
- Autism Support Groups
- Colleges and Hospitals with Autism programs
- Community Autism Programs
- Community Autism Service Providers
- Easter Seals Autism Program & Phone list
- Parent’s Guide to Autism
- Physicians specializing in Autism
- Respite Care for Autism
- Schools with Autism Programs
- Therapists Specializing in Autism
- Drug coverage
- Urgent care
- Primary care
- Lab Services
- Medical Equipment (if needed) Note: When Sonny needed a Nebulizer, we found it was cheaper to buy one outright from a medical supply store than to contract to rent one through Medicaid. Just saying…give yourself the opportunity to have options.
- Home Health Care
- Therapists… Speech, Occupational, other.
< My Thoughts > Here are some websites found after searching for: Apply for Financial Resources/benefits & Research Programs for the U.S. Government -
Federal Old Age, Survivors and Disability Insurance Benefits - a Federal Social Security cash benefit available to someone who has contributed to the social security fund and becomes disabled. Spouses and dependent children are also eligible for benefits if the primary beneficiary becomes disabled, retires or dies. Recipients of this benefit also receive Medicare. Contact your local Social Security Offices for more information.
Supplemental Security Income (SSI) - a Federal Social Security cash benefit available to the disabled who show financial need. A parent's income is used to determine eligibility for all applicants under the age of 18. Recipients of this benefit also receive Medicaid. Contact your local Social Security Office to apply.
Special Needs Trust/Supplemental Needs Trust - A trust where the resources are not considered in determining eligibility for government benefits (551, Medicaid). Money in this trust can be used to supplement or augment services that Medicaid does not cover (e.g. vacations or extra therapies). Families should contact an attorney with experience in estate planning and developmental disabilities to set up such a trust.
Family Reimbursement Programs - Reimbursement for services not covered under other means such as Medicaid. Services reimbursed may include respite, camps, educational materials, therapies, etc. Contact the Developmental Disabilities Council in your state for more information.
Access A Service Coordinator/Case Manager - Families should begin their quest for resources by obtaining a Service Coordinator, otherwise known as a Case Manager. This is an individual who assesses a family's needs and links them to available services and resources. They can help with filling out paperwork and making phone calls to agencies. Sources of funding for this service can come through Medicaid as well as Early Intervention and State Developmental Disabilities Offices.
Caregiver Program Assistance – Caregiver Eligibility Check – Are you interested in applying for VA’s Comprehensive Assistance for Family Caregivers Program? Answer a few questions to find out if you meet the criteria for VA’s new program for certain Veterans needing the assistance of a garegiver. Based on your answers to the questions, you will be guided to complete the appropriate online application for VA benefits. Retrieved from – https://va.gov/healthbenefits/resources/Caregiver_Eligibility_Check.asp