A Letter from the CEO Regarding Changes to Early Childhood Programs
Posted on: Tuesday, 7.25.2017
Tuesday, July 25, 2017
Families, Supporters & Friends
Since 1955, the Center for Autism has had the great privilege of caring for individuals with autism and their families through renowned programs and services. Our primary funding source comes from Medicaid, and is administered by Community Behavioral Health an agency of the City of Philadelphia. Recently, due to a significant change in our Medicaid reimbursement rate, we have had to plan for changes to our Early Childhood Programs (Pre-K and First Friends) that will take place at the start of the new program year on September 5, 2017.
As Medicaid provides over 90% of the Center’s income, the change to our reimbursement rate (a more than 50% reduction) has meant changes in our staffing structure and changes to our programs serving children under 6 years old. The Pre-K & First Friends programs will now merge into one program, the C.O.R.E. Program. C.O.R.E. stands for Creating Opportunities for Relating & Engaging. By creating one larger program, the children we serve will dictate the structure of each treatment group/room. The occupational & speech therapy components of our programs will no longer have on-site consultants. However, if your child has either service in their IEP, it will continue to be provided through Elwyn as it is currently. At present, there are no additional changes being made to our evaluation services, or the Social Competency, Saturday and Outpatient Programs.
These changes to our Early Childhood Programs, while significant to our internal operations, make the Center no less committed to serving individuals and families. The Center for Autism and its employees will continue to strive every day to provide better outcomes through our treatment programs. Fundraising support and efforts to diversify our funding streams are more critical now than ever before. We appreciate your continued loyalty as we make this transition.
David M. Maola, Esq.
Chief Executive Officer