Nicole Dwyer, MA, LPC, NCC, SCL Brandy Kreisler, BCBA Macomb CMH Shiawassee CMH

Afternoon Session ~

"Coordinating School & CMH Services for Young Children with ASD"

The passage of the Autism Insurance Benefit (AIB) in 2012 and 2013 for both private and public insurance has successfully impacted the accessibility of services for families with children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) in the State of Michigan. This impact reaches private providers and educators alike. Each entity has specific standards that it must follow. This session will provide an overview of how two unique counties have rolled-out the benefit and the progress that has been made 12-month post benefit roll-out. Attend this session and learn what the Medicaid/MIChild public insurance benefit is and how to assist families in connecting to this benefit. Learn options for collaboration with the service delivery team.

Learning Objectives:

After attending this workshop, participants will be able to:

  • understand the Medicaid/MIChild Autism Early Intervention benefit for children 18 months through 6th birthday
  • understand the process to access the Medicaid/MIChild Autism benefit
  • understand evaluation process for eligibility determination
  • understand the service delivery plan for children who access the Medicaid/MIChild benefit
  • learn how Macomb & Shiawassee County service delivery structure and how each have rolled-out the benefit
  • understand shared system goals and features for collaboration between schools and CMH agencies

About the Presenters ~

Nicole Dwyer, MA, LPC, NCC, SCL
Nicole is the Autism Benefit Administrator for Macomb County Community Mental Health, where she has led in the development and implementation of the Medicaid/MIChild Autism Benefit in Macomb County. She serves as the co-chair of the State Autism Council's Early Intervention Subcommittee and sits on the Metro Region Autism Collaborative with Macomb, Oakland, and Wayne Counties. Nicole is a member of the START Lakeside Regional Collaborative Network in Macomb County. Nicole has a Master's Degree in Community and School Counseling from Oakland University and a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology and Child Development from Central Michigan University. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor and a Licensed School Guidance Counselor.

Brandy Goodwin-Kreisler, BCBA
Brandy is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst and Limited Licensed Psychologist. She is the Supervisor of the Applied Behavioral Science Department at Shiawassee County Community Health Authority and is responsible for the development and implementation of ABA treatment for children diagnosed with ASD within the community mental health setting.