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  1. Legislature Should Increase Funding for Autism...

    March 31, 2015- "Legislature Should Increase Funding for Autism Services"- Members of a Medicaid State Plan Autism Advisory Group in Montana authored this article to address the future of Montana’s Medicaid Children’s Autism Program. According to the article, there are currently only 55 placements allowed statewide. A new proposal for 2017 would expand the services statewide with a request of $12.3 million in funds. The proposal has moved forward in two legislative committees, but has been amended to only include the appropriation of $4 million in funds, an amount viewed as insignificant to provide treatment to all those in need.

    • Apr 02 2015 10:38 AM
    • by brian
  2. Great Falls Family Raising Funds for Service Do...

    September 24, 2013- "Great Falls Family Raising Funds for Service Dog for Autistic Daughter"- Sharon and Travis Pomeroy are attempting to raise money for a therapy dog for to help with their daughter’s autism. Cara, who was diagnosed at the age of 4, has had past bouts of wandering, which can be prevented through a therapy animal and a harness. The family if hoping to raise $13,000 so that they can get a dog from the “4 Paws for Ability” organization.

    • Sep 26 2013 12:38 PM
    • by brian
  3. Much Progress Being Made in Treating Autism

    April 13, 2013- "Much Progress Being Made in Treating Autism"- This article discusses the advances in treatment and education of individuals on the autism spectrum in the state of Montana. The article includes some of the more important figures from a recent report by the Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services, which evaluated the Children’s Autism Waiver program after its first three-year session.

    • Apr 15 2013 11:15 AM
    • by brian
  4. Bridge to be Lit for Autism

    March 30, 2013- "Bridge to be Lit for Autism"- Trinette Smitherman, mother of a son with autism, is hoping to spread awareness about the disorder by lighting up the 10th Street Bridge and holding a candlelight walk from 7:30 to 9:30 P.M. Great Falls College Montana State University will also be participating in the event as Smitherman will provide information during the day and the University will light it up blue at night.  

    • Apr 01 2013 10:31 AM
    • by brian
  5. Medicaid-Funded Children's Autism Waiver Pr...

    February 27, 2013- "Medicaid-Funded Children's Autism Waiver Program Deemed 'Incredibly Successful'"- Parents have found that the Medicaid-funded Montana Children’s Autism Waiver has been successful in helping their children with autism. The program provides 20 hours a week of direct intervention service to each participant at a cost of about $43,000 a year for each child for three years. The annual program budget is about $2.1 million, but many of the participants in the Children’s Autism Waiver program also are eligible for autism treatment through health insurance.

    • Apr 16 2013 11:27 AM
    • by brian
  6. MT Group: Autism Disorders Sharply Increasing (...

    September 29, 2012- "MT Group: Autism Disorders Sharply Increasing (VIDEO)"- Montana has seen as much as 80 percent rise in autism spectrum disorders over the last few years. The increase in diagnosis, which is due in part to increased awareness, has risen from 188 to 617 from 2000 to 2010. Childwise is hosting  an Autism and Asperger’s conference that is open to parents, educators, and health professionals working with children with these disorders.

    • Mar 15 2013 10:23 AM
    • by brian
  7. Miss Montana Speaks of her Own Developmental Di...

    September 29, 2012- "Miss Montana Speaks of her Own Developmental Disorder at Autism Conference"- Alexis Wineman, Miss Montana 2012 and an individual with Pervasive Development Disorder (PDD), spoke out about her struggles with the disorder at a conference on autism and Asperger’s syndrome put on by the ChildWise Institute.

    • Mar 15 2013 10:24 AM
    • by brian