Changes to SSP Autism Intake Policy

Changes to SSP Autism Intake Policy
Among the many changes with the provision of Specialty Services for children with an ASD diagnosis, the DPH will no longer allow billing for intake visits to be conducted by SSPs, beginning October 1, 2016. Intakes that were conducted after July 1 through September 30 will be billed to DPH using the blended rate for reimbursement.
It is suggested that each EIP collaborate with their respective contracted SSPs to develop a plan to disseminate information to families regarding options for Specialty Service provision, after a child receives a diagnosis of ASD. This should not differ drastically from current program practices of notifying families of their SSP options; it would just not include a face-to-face billable visit from the SSP. Each program should decide what works best in their current model of practice and be fully implementing this by September 30. The DPH will be monitoring data the next few months to insure a smooth transition to this new practice. Please contact Joan Rafferty joan.rafferty@state.ma.us with any questions.