Autism Speaks | CT Launches Post-Newtown Overhaul Of Behavioral Health Care | Oct. 10, 2014 #AutisticHistory #BanABA #EndAutismSpeaks


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CT Launches Post-Newtown Overhaul Of Behavioral Health Care

(October 10, 2014) — Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy has announced a comprensive overhaul of the state’s emergency and lonterm behavioral health care system, including four steps specific to upgrading treatment for children with autism. The reforms were required by legislation enacted after the 2012 mass shooting tragedy in Newtown.

“No child in mental health crisis should have to wait days to get access to the treatment they need,” Malloy said. “That is why I am announcing a series of strategies that…can be implemented immediately.”

The Connecticut plan calls for short-term improvements to emergency care services which, in line with national trends, have experienced increasing admissions of youths with acute behavioral health issues and delays in discharges. Malloy’s plan calls for immediate increases in emergency care capacity with specific accommodations for the autism community.

The longer term changes were developed by the state Department of Children and Families (DCF) as required under Public Act 13-178, legislation enacted following the Newtown tragedy.

In a review of emergency care services required by children in HUSKY, the state’s Medicaid program, nearly half the children with autism enrolled in the program needed to visit an emergency room over an 18-month period. Nearly half of those visits were because of behavioral, rather than medical, reasons, versus just 7 percent for the overall HUSKY population.

In response, four steps were outlined specific to the autism community:

  • Connecticut will implement the federal government’s July 7 directive to provide medically necessary treatment through its Medicaid program for children with autism up to age 21. An outline of services is expected October 22.
  • The state will invest up to $1 million to create up to three teams of specially trained practitioners to address the unique needs of children with autism receiving care in Psychiatric Residential Treatment Facilities and other settings to recommend a successful out-placement. The transition plans may include evidence-based interventions covered by private insurance or Medicaid, work with children in hospitals or in their homes who are at risk for hospitalization.
  • An in-home care program will be created to divert children with autism aged 13-21 from inpatient and other residential settings. A $300,000 pilot program will serve 10 children with severely challenging behaviors. “This in-home support pilot will assist adolescents who have autism and who are exhibiting severely challenging behaviors to remain in the community and live successfully at home with their families.”
  • Three specialized inpatient hospital beds will be provided for individuals experiencing the most acute and complex autism and co-occurring psychiatric disorders. A small number of individuals require hospitalization because of intense behavior challenges, but Connecticut has been ill-equipped to handle them.

DCF estimates that 156,000 Connecticut children may have behavioral health symptoms that would benefit from treatment.

“Families experience a number of barriers to treatment including a highly fragmented system in which access varies according to such factors as insurance status, involvement in child welfare or juvenile justice, race and ethnicity, language, and geographic location,” the Department concluded. “In addition, the array of services lacks sufficient inclusion of supports for all children and families that promote nurturing relationships and environments that foster social, emotional, and behavioral wellness. A comprehensive plan is required to guide the efforts of multiple stakeholders in developing a children’s behavioral health system that builds on existing strengths and addresses the many challenges that exist.”

The Governor’s immediate action plan

The DCF longterm plan

The Autism Community Is Not The Autistic Community

* The “autism community” is not the Autistic Community. The autism community was created by non-Autistic led organizations and includes mostly parents, professionals and their friends. Most of what the world knows about autism is sourced from the non-Autistic “autism community.”


Autistic people have fought the inclusion of ABA in therapy for us since before Autism Speaks, and other non-Autistic-led autism organizations, started lobbying legislation to get it covered by insurances and Medicaid. 

ABA is a myth originally sold to parents that it would keep their Autistic child out of an institution. Today, parents are told that with early intervention therapy their child will either be less Autistic or no longer Autistic by elementary school, and can be mainstreamed in typical education classes. ABA is very expensive to pay out of pocket. Essentially, Autism Speaks has justified the big price tag up front will offset the overall burden on resources for an Autistic’s lifetime. The recommendation for this therapy is 40 hours a week for children and toddlers.

The original study that showed the success rate of ABA to be at 50% has never been replicated. In fact, the study of ABA by United States Department of Defense was denounced as a failure. Not just once, but multiple times. Simply stated: ABA doesn’t workIn study after repeated study: ABA (conversion therapy) doesn’t work. 

What more recent studies do show: Autistics who experienced ABA therapy are at high risk to develop PTSD and other lifelong trauma-related conditions. Historically, the autism organizations promoting ABA as a cure or solution have silenced Autistic advocates’ opposition. ABA is also known as gay conversion therapy.

The ‘cure’ for Autistics not born yet is the prevention of birth. 

The ‘cure’ is a choice to terminate a pregnancy based on ‘autism risk.’ The cure is abortion. This is the same ‘cure’ society has for Down Syndrome. 

This is eugenics 2021. Instead of killing Autistics and disabled children in gas chambers or ‘mercy killings’ like in Aktion T4, it’ll happen at the doctor’s office, quietly, one Autistic baby at a time. Different approaches yes, but still eugenics and the extinction of an entire minority group of people.

Fact: You can’t cure Autistics from being Autistic.

Fact: You can’t recover an Autistic from being Autistic.

Fact: You can groom an Autistic to mask and hide their traits. Somewhat. … however, this comes at the expense of the Autistic child, promotes Autistic Burnout (this should not be confused with typical burnout, Autistic Burnout can kill Autistics), and places the Autistic child at high risk for PTSD and other lifelong trauma-related conditions.

[Note: Autism is NOT a disease, but a neurodevelopmental difference and disability.]

Fact: Vaccines Do Not Cause Autism.

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