The Executive Director of the Institute for Behavior Change (IBC), licensed psychologist and certified school psychologist Steve Kossor, has been involved in the planning and delivery of what became known as Behavioral Health Rehabilitation Services (BHRS, still mistakenly referred to in Pennsylvania as “wraparound services”) since 1981. 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 2 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 information about BHRS funded through EPSDT
In 33 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.” The IBC Executive Director has produced several videos about EPSDT funding since 2007. 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.
Mr. Kossor offers a two hour individualized 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 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.
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. Watch this video to learn more
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. 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. 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. Our research has been presented at meetings of the Training Institutes in Nashville, TN and Washington, DC and at every annual meeting of AutismOne since 2007. View research findings here
The Institute for Behavior Change has been recognized by the Pennsylvania Psychological Association (PPA) Psychologically Healthy Workplace Award program for its exceptional Employee Career Development activities. We are recruiting Licensed Psychologists and not-yet-licensed Masters-level and BA-level "Psychologist’s Assistants" to work with us.
LATEST NEWS: Now you can get help with IEP problems, expert reviews of treatment plans and other assistance with the management of your child’s special needs from our staff anywhere in the USA! Visit OurCaseManager for more information about our latest contribution to the creation of excellent professional service delivery for children.
An appalling lack of standards exists as to what a child’s behavioral treatment plan should look like. As a result, parents are frequently at a loss to determine if the Plan proposed for their child is either adequate or appropriate. As an alternative to wishful thinking, misplaced trust in an unknown and untested service provider, and to raise the standards for treatment plans for children who are displaying challenging behavior, this internet resource has been created. Let’s define our terms, first of all.
A Treatment Plan should provide all of the information necessary for a conscientious person to deliver the correct treatment procedures, at the correct times, and with sufficient consistency to produce the changes in behavior that are described in the Plan — reducing or eliminating undesirable behavior and increasing or improving desired behavior, while providing a means to monitor progress on an ongoing basis that informs the process of treatment.
With that in mind, the following “treatment plans… Read more…