Finding a Medicaid Behavioral Health Center in Texas

Finding a Medicaid Behavioral Health Center in Texas

If Behavioral Health Centers in Texas were as Medicaid friendly as they are LGBTQ friendly, the lives of special needs parents using Medicaid would be much easier to manage presently. God bless us everyone for acceptance and understanding of different lifestyle choices. At the same time, since our private insurance ended last year, we’ve found several places that seem to be really great fits for our son and family needs. They are even listed as accepting Medicaid. However after talking with them we find out they are no longer accepting Medicaid. #mentalhealth #specialneeds #medicaid #behavioralhealth...
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ODD, ADHD and Parenting

ODD, ADHD and Parenting

ODD and ADHD are closely related. Parenting cab be challenging and requires a lot of understanding and patience. What are ways to deal when your child or teen are angry, defiant and upset? ADDITUDE magazine suggests the following: Children with ADHD and oppositional defiant disorder take defiant behavior to the extreme. When traditional discipline methods don’t work, what do you do? Children with oppositional defiant disorder are blatantly disobedient, disrespectful, and confrontational. Standard discipline doesn’t work. Instead, follow these strategies for how to discipline a child with oppositional defiant disorder: 1. Treat before you punish. Never discipline your child for behaviors that are symptoms of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder ADHD. Opposition and defiance are sometimes neurological — not intentional. Once your treatment plan has impulsivity under control, you will know which acts are punishable. 2. Exercise away hostility. A potent tonic for the brain is exercise. It promotes healthy brain function and helps children control aggression. 3. Know your child’s patterns. Note when and where your child’s anger flares. Documentation...
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What Are Medicaid Waivers?

What Are Medicaid Waivers?

We are presently struggling to navigate through Medicaid Waivers in the State of Texas for our son (intellectual disability, autism, ADHD, DMDD - dysruptive mood disregulation disorder). We've been working for the YES (Youth Empowerment Services) Waiver with MHMR in Denton, Texas since April 2018 and are still waiting for services to begin. We were on the waiting list for a while. Then we were accepted to see if we are eligible - that process is taking months. There is a discrepancy with his IQ which is another story. WHAT ARE MEDICAID WAIVERS? Medicaid Waivers help provide services to people who would otherwise be in a nursing home or hospital to receive long-term care in the community. Although there are waivers for many conditions, our focus is towards waivers for people who have intellectual disabilities, developmental disabilities, and autism. WHAT ARE THE DIFFERENT TYPES OF WAIVERS? There are several types of waivers: Community Living Assistance and Support Services (CLASS): gives home and community-based supports to...
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How I Treat Those Who are Unable To Care For Themselves

How I Treat Those Who are Unable To Care For Themselves

How we treat and care for the disabled, elderly - those in need - reveals much about who we are. You don’t have to be an adoptive parent, guardian or care giver to show how much you care. Maybe you are an employer of a special needs parent. A friend or family member. A passer by on the street or at the store. Consideration, acknowledgment, concern, prayer, encouragement, kind words - they make a daily difference. ❤️ Everyone can choose to do something every day. Matthew 25:35-40 King James Version (KJV) 35 For I was an hungred, and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me in: 36 Naked, and ye clothed me: I was sick, and ye visited me: I was in prison, and ye came unto me. 37 Then shall the righteous answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, and fed thee? or thirsty, and gave thee drink? 38 When saw we...
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Life Skills Checklist for Special Needs Teens and Young Adults

Life Skills Checklist for Special Needs Teens and Young Adults

This is a list we started working on for all of our kids to set goals for attempting to learn these life skills. Of course each individual living with special needs has different capacities and levels of comprehension. Our special needs son will need help in many areas to achieve this, so in some ways it's a list for us now - caregivers in the future. Maintain relationships - faith in God, home, church, family, friends, co-workers, community Maintain good hygiene Sexual health Caring for clothes - what you wear (washing, drying, ironing, storing, organizing) Using technology for communication (smartphone, email, tablets, desktops) Tie a necktie Self protection (call for help, hand-to-hand, weapon safety) Vaccinations House cleaning, maintenance and organization House emergency prep Kitchen use Technology maintainence Car maintainence Auto emergency prep Personal finance management (accounts, investing, saving, taxes, budgeting, credit score, protection) Personal insurances Personal document management (certificates, passport, records, social security) Career and Work (interviews, job search) Life...
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Context of Play

Context of Play

When our son was diagnosed with autism and behavior & intellectual challenges several years ago, one of the main points the doctor (who had 20+ years experience of working with children) made to us was that everything we wanted our son to truly and meaningfully understand should be wrapped in the context of “play”. That advice has proved consistently true as our son has grown. Successful communication with a special needs child, preteen, teen, young adult, or adult who deals with autism and behavior & intellectual challenges is naturally and sincerely playful. It receives the most notable response. I believe it makes the strongest connections and gains trust with the child you love and you want he or she to know that you love them....
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North Texas CPS To Fix Broken System

North Texas CPS To Fix Broken System

Since 2005, we have known there were gaps which were failing children in North Texas. An report released today, Child Protective Services Dallas County Management Review, confirmed it's time for change. It stated, "much of the crisis facing Dallas County is self-inflicted." Click here to read more. Robert T. Garrett reported, "CPS has been publicly reeling for months. Turnover has skyrocketed as overwhelmed, low-paid caseworkers flee the agency. Cases of suspected abuse and neglect have lingered, leading to missed signs that could have helped rescue children much sooner. And a federal judge has ruled that a key portion of the state’s child-protection work, foster care, is broken and in need of long-term oversight and repair." Click here to read his article....
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