Portantino’s Bill to Improve Healthcare Access for Autism Spectrum Disorder Patients Approved by Senate Committee

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An identical 2019 bill by Portantino sailed through the Senate and Assembly, but was vetoed by Governor Newsom at the last possible moment. This year we are hoping for the Governor’s support of this access to treatment bill. Community News Portantino’s Bill to Improve Healthcare Access for Autism Spectrum Disorder Patients Approved by Senate Committee STAFF REPORT Published on Tuesday, April 6, 2021 | 4:44 pm 2 thoughts on “Portantino’s Bill to Improve Healthcare Access for Autism Spectrum Disorder Patients Approved by Senate Committee” Senate Bill 562, authored by Senator Anthony J. Portantino (D – Pasadena), passed the Senate Human Services Committee Tuesday. The measure will eliminate barriers to help patients with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) access Behavioral Health Treatment (BHT) in California.“SB 562 will increase healthcare access to many autistic patients in California,” Portantino said in a prepared statement.“Statistics tell us that 1 in 59 children born today are diagnosed with autism. Early intervention is the key to helping these children live up to their potential and health insurance coverage for behavioral health treatment is critical. Research has proven that children with autism greatly benefit from behavioral health treatments and show remarkable progress,” Portantino statement read. “By expanding the types of qualified state certified coverage, this bill will allow children to receive the treatment their physician has prescribed in a timely manner.”Current law requires that health insurance companies cover all physicians or psychologists prescribed medically necessary, evidence-based BHT for ASD. Due to a loophole in the law, patients with ASD are being denied coverage for physician and psychologist prescribed evidence-based BHT. In some cases, coverage is only being offered for one form of BHT.Additionally, a shortage of network providers has created a six to twelve month wait list for BHT services.SB 562 will eliminate the existing statutory obstacles and require health insurance coverage for all forms of medically necessary, evidence-based BHT for Californians with ASD without diminishing consumer protections. The measure expands the number of qualified professionals by authorizing already State certified professionals to administer BHT within their professional competence, thereby reducing or eliminating the waiting list for services.SB 562 also details the requirements for a Qualified Autism Service Paraprofessional to insure health insurance coverage, including background checks to protect California children. The measure will protect the interests of California consumers and the state by closing the loopholes in the law and ensuring that every Californian is covered.“The DIR/Floortime Coalition of California wants to thank Senator Portantino for his ongoing leadership and support on behalf of California families,” said Andrea Davis, President of the DIR/Floortime Coalition. “Senate Bill 562 will help Californians with autism receive the treatment prescribed by their physician treatment that they both need and deserve. For too long Californians on the autism spectrum have only been covered for one type of behavioral health treatment. This legislation will correct that and allow Californians to receive the physician-prescribed, medically necessary, evidence-based treatment approach selected specifically for them. Not all Californians with autism are alike. They deserve a treatment approach chosen for their specific circumstances and needs. Treatments chosen specifically for the client will allow them to achieve their full potential and lower costs for the state, for the insurance company, and for the family. We are happy to support this much needed legislation.”SB 562 is sponsored by the DIR/Floortime Coalition of California. Supporters of the bill include: Center for Developmental Play and Learning, Cherry Crisp Entertainment and Productions, Child Development Institute, Dr. Barbara Stroud, Clinical Psychologist, Fresno City College, Greenhouse Therapy Center, Holding Hands Pediatric Therapy and Adult Services, NeuroRelational Framework Institute, Positive Development, Professional Child Development Associates, Stanford University Schwab Learning Center, the Washington Elks Therapy Programs for Children, INC., and Touchstone Family Development Center. Thrilled families will have more choices that honor individual differences! So proud of Dr. Andrea Davis at Greenhouse Therapy and all the other supporters of this bill to advocate for families. EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDSlast_img read more

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Family inside home when man allegedly set it on fire willing to testify in his defense

first_imgWABC(OCEAN TOWNSHIP, N.J.) — Paul Caneiro, the man accused of setting a fire at his New Jersey mansion last week, will next appear in court on Wednesday, but his family is already stepping up to defend him in a mysterious case that may include the quadruple murder of Caneiro’s brother’s family.Caneiro, 51, allegedly used gasoline to ignite a blaze at his Ocean Township home on Tilton Avenue around 5 a.m. on Oct. 20 while his wife and two daughters were inside, according to an arrest warrant obtained by ABC News.But Caneiro’s lawyer, Robert Honecker, told ABC News on Saturday that his wife, Susan, and daughters, Marissa and Katelyn, “fully support him and would be willing to testify at his hearing on Wednesday.” All three escaped the fire unharmed. A decision on if they testify will be made early this week.On the same day as Caneiro’s home in Ocean Township burned, his brother’s mansion in nearby Colts Neck, New Jersey, also burst into flames. Authorities responding to the fire found the bodies of Keith Caneiro, Paul’s brother and business partner, and his wife, Jennifer, and their two young children. Keith Canero had been shot, while the other three had been stabbed to death, according to police.Monmouth County prosecutor Christopher Gramiccioni said at a news conference Wednesday that the family was “targeted” in the horrific crime.“The case has transcended into a multiple homicide investigation in addition to the arson matter. And to date, our investigation has revealed that unfortunately, sadly, each of these individuals were the victims of homicidal violence at some point prior to when the fire was set,” Gramiccioni said. Gramiccioni did not say whether Paul Caneiro is a suspect in the murder of his brother’s family, and he has only been charged with aggravated arson in connection to his own home.Honecker said Wednesday that Paul Caneiro will “assert his innocence for this charge as well as any other potential charges.”The fire at Keith Caneiro’s Colts Neck mansion broke out about seven hours after the fire in Ocean Township. The two towns are only about 10 miles apart. Keith Caneiro was the founder and chief executive officer of Square One, a technology services consulting firm in Asbury Park, New Jersey.Over $7,100 had been raised by a GoFundMe account for Paul Caneiro’s two daughters as of early Sunday.Honecker said the house in Ocean Township was cleared by authorities Saturday evening and the family has been allowed back in to collect their belongings, but it is inhabitable at this time. Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

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NYC hospital plays ‘Don’t Stop Believin” every time a COVID-19 patient is discharged

first_imgiStock(NEW YORK) — Hospital staff at New York Presbyterian Queens Hospital are inspiring patients to Don’t Stop Believin’.In a moving video released by the hospital, health care workers cheer on COVID-19 patients and blast Journey’s Don’t Stop Believin’ as they are discharged from the hospital.For the past week, hospital staff there started celebrating patients being discharged from the hospital with the hit song.“Every patient discharge gives hope to New York Presbyterian Queens staff. They are encouraged to see their patients recovering and going home,” said Jaclyn Mucaria, president of New York-Presbyterian Queens.New York has suffered the most fatalities from the coronavirus pandemic in the U.S. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said the state saw 671 deaths on Easter Sunday, bringing New York state’s death toll to 10,056.But despite these challenging times, many health care workers across the state, including the staff at New York Presbyterian Queens Hospital are staying positive.“These have been very challenging times but I am so proud of the extraordinary selflessness and teamwork,” said Mucaria. “Everyone is pitching in for the purpose of providing the best care to our patients.”Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

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INTERNATIONAL DANCE TEACHER TAKING HER UNIQUE ‘DANCEPL3Y’ CLASSES TO DONEGAL

first_imgA world renowned international Dance Teacher is taking her exciting, fun, dynamic and exclusively unique dance classes to a whole host of venues in Donegal. Teresa Donohoe is an international Dancepl3y Master trainer, instructor and a professional Irish dancer. Teresa contains a glittering dance CV and brings with her a wealth of experience across a wide range of different dance genres.When Teresa is not touring all over the world with various dance troops she uses her expertise to run local dance classes and instructor training weekends all across Ireland.And she’s now bring those classes to Donegal!Teresa also has an MA Dance Performance and a BA Irish Music and Dance from the University of Limerick. Teresa told Donegal Daily, I’ve always had a passion for dance, and always wanted to pass on the skills I’ve acquired onto others.“Watching people succeed with it gives me great satisfaction.“Dancepl3y has given me the ideal platform to help people to experience dance in a fun and energetic way, while also allowing people to focus on bringing out the best in themselves.About Dancepl3y:Dancepl3y is the worlds most playful and positive dance program.It is an interactive high-energy dance program for kids, teens and adults. Each class has a variety of different dance styles from hip-hop, Bollywood, lyrical, dancehall, Latin and even breakdancing.Teresa added, “The program focuses on fundamental movement skills, physical literacy, personal fitness, dance movement vocabulary and musicality in children and adults.Its positive culture promotes healthy, active and vibrant lives for its participants.“Each class is implemented by our 3 Rules of Pl3y; Be Positive. Be Fun. Be yourself. Dancepl3y originated in Canada and is now in Australia and Ireland.Teresa was the FIRST Irish Dancepl3y Instructor and is the ONLY European based Master trainer for the course.The first weekly dancepl3y classes in Ireland took place in Milford and Rossnakill.Dancepl3y is an internationally accredited and awards winning program, voted the best program by over 30,000 kids on the Discovery Education Channel 2012.Teresa works with girls active groups and primary schools around the Letterkenny area.Teresa also worked with the Girls Active group from Errigal College who recently won best Youth Group in the St Patrick’s Day Parade Letterkenny.Kids, teens and adults classes are now available in Letterkenny, Milford and Rossnakill.Details on the classes are outlined below.Local Class timetable starting April 13thMondays:6.30 pm – Dancepl3y Teens, Pinehill Studios, Letterkenny7.30 pm – Dancepl3y Adults, Pinehill Studios, Letterkenny.Tuesdays:10 am – Dancepl3y Adults, Milford Parochial Hall3.30 pm – Dancepl3y Kids Age 4-7, Rossnakill Tourism and Activity Centre4 pm – Dancepl3y Kids Age 8- 12, Rossnakill Tourism and Activity Centre8 pm – Dancepl3y Adults, Rossnakill Tourism and Activity CentreWednesdays: 10 am – Dancepl3y Adults, Pinehill Studios, Letterkenny3.30 pm – Dancepl3y Kids Age 4-7, Pinehill Studios, Letterkenny4 pm – Dancepl3y Kids Age 8- 12, Pinehill Studios, LetterkennyThursdays:10 am – Dancepl3y Adults, Rossnakill Tourism and Activity Centre3.30 pm – Dancepl3y Kids Age 4-7, Milford Parochial Hall4 pm – Dancepl3y Kids Age 8- 12, Milford Parochial Hall5.30 pm – Dancepl3y Teens, Milford Parochial Hall6.30 pm – Dancepl3y Adults, Milford Parochial HallSocial Media:Facebook:https://www.facebook.com/teresadancepl3y?fref=tsTwitter:@[email protected]_irlWebsite:www.dancepl3y.comINTERNATIONAL DANCE TEACHER TAKING HER UNIQUE ‘DANCEPL3Y’ CLASSES TO DONEGAL was last modified: March 25th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:FeaturesnewsSportlast_img read more

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GMSA unveils R900m local investment

first_imgLater this year, the company will open its state of the art Pan African Parts Distribution Centre at the Coega Industrial Development Zone outside Port Elizabeth. The centre, an investment of R250-million, will replace the existing GMSA facility in Kempston Road. “This is indicative of our efforts to produce the best quality products in the industry which ultimately supports our competitiveness as a vehicle assembler in South Africa,” GMSA’s finance vice-president, Michael Sacke, said in a statement this week. Marginally higher sales ‘Quality products, customer satisfaction’ Confident that the worst is over for the local auto industry, General Motors South Africa is to invest around R900-million on upgrading and consolidating its production facilities in Port Elizabeth, and on launching 10 new products, over the next three years. He pointed out, however, that there was no doubt that consumers were still facing challenging economic upheaval with steep the rise in food and commodity prices. The new facility of 38 000 square metres will house all of the company’s aftersales operations under one roof, and aims to meet the needs of the growing parts and accessories business which has an annual revenue of in excess of R1-billion. Sacke said that like most original equipment manufacturers in South Africa, GMSA was an independent entity which had to fund its own investments. GMSA is forecasting that new vehicle sales in 2010 will be marginally higher than last year. SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material Production of Isuzu bakkies has been shifted from Kempston Road to the Struandale plant, which also produces the Opel Corsa utility vehicle. The Struandale plant was named the best local manufacturing plant for light commercial vehicles in the latest 2009 Synovate Quality Awards. According to GMSA sales and marketing vice-president Malcolm Gauld, the company is confident that the market will not further deteriorate this year. “We foresee a gradual improvement in sales and project that the 2010 market will come in at 412 000, about a 5% growth versus 2009’s 394 000,” said Gauld. 29 January 2010 “We are mindful that the pending increase in electricity prices can adversely affect cost of living which will curb consumer spending confidence,” he said. “It is important for us to continue improving our production facilities as this contributes to the quality of our products that we produce,” he said, adding that it was vital for GMSA to focus on quality products and excellent customer satisfaction which helps to maintain the current customer base and lure new ones.last_img read more

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Horn to take leaf out of Marquez book vs Pacquiao

first_img1 dead in Cavite blast, fire Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Trainer Glenn Rushton and Jeff Horn. INQUIRER PHOTO/ Roy LuarcaBRISBANE, Australia—Prominently posted at the center white wall of the gym where Jeff Horn trains are posters of Manny Pacquiao’s fight against Timothy Bradley, Floyd Mayweather, Chris Algieri, Jessie Vargas and Brandon Rios.Also in the gallery, fourth from left, of course, is that of Pacquiao’s July 2 tussle with Horn simply billed as “Battle of Brisbane.”ADVERTISEMENT Though Horn is still nine pounds over the 147-lb limit, Rushton hardly felt any concern.Rushton bared it was normal for his ward to be at this weight range days before the official weigh-in on Saturday.Fact is, Rushton said Horn would be between 70.5 to 72 kg on fight day.Though Pacquiao has been installed as the heavy favorite even here, a $100 bet on Pacquiao earning just 25, while the same bet on Horn will net 420, Horn is unperturbed.Horn believes Pacquiao’s tremendous edge in experience (67 fights against 17) and quality of opposition, could work both ways.The former school teacher insists Paquiao is o longer as hungry for glory and money and money and neither is the 11-time world champion at his optimum best.The main argument being that Pacquiao hasn’t stopped any opponent after pulling off a 12-round stoppage over Miguel Cotto in 2009.According to Horn, he’s not nervous but rather excited days heading into the fight to be beamed live in the USA via free TV by ESPN.Horn said he intends to “go in their hot” and give Pacquiao a really good fight.And hopefully, land that same overhand right on Pacquiao. They were put there to remind Horn of the caliber of the fighter he’s challenging for the World Boxing Organization welterweight crown before his countrymen at Southcorp Stadium.They also serve as inspirational and motivational tools for Horn to achieve his cherished dream of becoming a world champion.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutNoticeably missing was any poster of Pacquiao’s epic fights against Juan Manuel Marquez, who knocked out the eight-division world champion cold in their fourth showdown in 2012.Perhaps, the posters’ absence was intentional, as Horn, with the guidance of trainer Glenn Rushton, intends to make Marquez’s one-punch knockout as blueprint toward success against Pacquiao.  WATCH: Firefighters rescue baby seal found in parking garage Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Horn said during Monday’s media workout that he knows the enormity of the task at hand.That’s why he punished his well-chiseled 29-year-old body to the extreme to be ready for whatever Pacquiao will bring into the ring.According to Horn, who is three inches taller, his size would be his biggest advantage against the 5-foot-6 Pacquiao.Then comes his youth. Horn is nearly 10 years younger.As of Monday, coming from a long run, Horn told Filipino sportswriters that he weighs between 71 to 72 kilos and aims to be at that level when he climbs the ring before an expected sellout crowd of over 50,000 on Sunday.ADVERTISEMENT View comments MOST READ Cayetano to unmask people behind ‘smear campaign’ vs him, SEA Games World’s 50 Best Restaurants launches new drinking and dining guide Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken Beermen ‘won’t back down’ from KaTropa after intense Game 3 What ‘missteps’?last_img read more

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Rep Price keeps perfect voting record through 2015 for fifth straight year

first_img30Dec Rep. Price keeps perfect voting record through 2015 for fifth straight year Categories: News LANSING – Rep. Amanda Price, R-Park Township, completed 2015 with a perfect voting record – her fifth in a row since being elected to represent the 89th House District in 2010.“It’s an honor, but also an expectation to be on the House floor for all 504 votes made in 2015,” said Rep. Price. “That has been a goal every year, to represent my fellow residents in Lansing and I am as happy to have done that in 2015 as I am for the approximately 3,000 votes made in the previous four years. I look forward to continuing my representation in the same manner through 2016.”last_img read more

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