Behavioral Services: The service process begins with an initial screening to determine the family’s needs, to collect basic data on the child’s behavioral profile, and to share information about the New Horizons Behavior Treatment Program. Families interested in scheduling a screening should contact John Pingo at (815) 624-8431 or e-mail JPingo58@aol.com. We use the information gained from the screening to determine if the New Horizons Behavior Treatment Program can meet the needs of the family. Once it is determined that the program can meet the family’s needs, a funding source must then be identified for services. Possible funding sources are:
- The Illinois Department of Human Services (DHS) Medicaid Children’s Support Waiver, Children’s Residential Waiver (if the child currently resides in a community group home), or the Adults with Developmental Disabilities Waiver. Information about the DHS waivers can be found at http://www.dhs.state.il.us/page.aspx?item=32253. To apply for services under any of these waivers families should contact their local Individual Service Coordination Agency. Access Services of Northern Illinois is the Individual Service Coordination Agency for Boone, Bureau, Carroll, Dekalb, JoDaviess, LaSalle, Lee, Marshall, Ogle, and Winnebago counties. They are located at 7399 Forest Hills Road, Loves Park, IL 61111. Their phone number is (815) 282-8824. E-mails can be sent to email@example.com. Their Internet web address is http://www.accessni.com/.
- For families with children age 0-3, the DHS Early Intervention (EI) program may be able to provide funding for behavioral services. Information about the DHS EI program can be found at http://www.dhs.state.il.us/page.aspx?item=30321. To apply for EI services and funding you need to contact your local Child and Family Connections agency. Access Services of Northern Illinois is the Child and Family Connections agency for Boone, Bureau, Carroll, Dekalb, JoDaviess, LaSalle, Lee, Marshall, Ogle, and Winnebago counties. The office serving Winnebago, Boone, and Ogle Counties is located at 1752 Windsor Rd., Loves Park, IL 61111. Their phone number is (815) 654-6170. The office serving Bureau, Marshall, and Putnam counties is located at 526 Bureau Valley Pkwy. Suite E, Princeton, IL 61356. E-mails can be sent to CFCOne@accessni.com. Their Internet web address is http://www.accessni.com/cfc/index.html.
- The new autism insurance coverage law (SB934) requires that group or individual policies of accident and health insurance or managed care plans amended, delivered, issued, or renewed after the effective date of this amendatory Act of the 95th General Assembly must provide individuals under 21 years of age coverage for the diagnosis of autism spectrum disorders and for the treatment of autism spectrum disorders to the extent that the diagnosis and treatment of autism spectrum disorders are not already covered by the policy of accident and health insurance or managed care plan. This change in insurance law allows for a maximum benefit of $36,000 per year with applied behavior analysis being one of the covered services. Families should contact their insurance providers to learn if their plan covers services for autism spectrum disorders. The full text of the Autism Insurance Bill can be found at http://www.ilga.gov/legislation/publicacts/fulltext.asp?Name=095-1005&GA=095.
- A child’s school may contract with the Goldie B. Floberg Center to purchase services from the New Horizons Program in order to meet specific goals designated in the child’s Individualized education Plan (IEP). Schools can also purchase trainings for educational staff, assessment services, and intervention development and treatment services. Families should contact their local school district if they wish to explore this possibility.
- Families with the financial means to do so can private pay for services. Please contact John Pingo at (815)-624-8431 or e-mail at JPingo58@aol.com for private pay or private insurance rates.