My goal is to educate parents of children and adolescents with emotional and behavioral disorders so that they may access services to maximize their child’s potential for growth and maturity. By explaining complex structures and industry language in terms that parents understand, parents gain the confidence to address their child’s individual needs.
Residential Treatment Consulting
Considering a residential treatment placement is a heart-wrenching decision for parents who have reached their limits in their abilities to parent their child safely within the home setting. While residential treatment may be necessary, funding and placement are almost impossible to access without a seasoned professional like me, who has personal experience with systems’ navigation. My role is to educate you as to how state systems function and which options are open to your family so that you may confidently make choices for your child’s needs. Once we’ve identified available options, I assist you in understanding the pros and cons of each potential track. My role is not to make decisions for you; rather to empower you to make the best decisions for your family and give you the confidence to pursue residential treatment.
Families whose children live with mental health disorders often find themselves co-mingled with child protection systems due to false allegations of neglect or abuse. Being investigated is a traumatic and degrading experience for children and their parents. I provide professional consultations which educate you about child welfare and juvenile justice rules and protocols to help you cooperate while upholding your parental rights. Informed parents endure the process with greater ease and confidence after gaining direct knowledge of the child protection systems. As needed, I will refer you to competent attorneys that can help you with legal advising and representation.
The Early, Periodic, Screening, Diagnosis, and Treatment (EPSDT) provision of Medicaid is a federal law which entitles Medicaid eligible children to medically necessary treatment to correct or ameliorate a condition, whether or not treatment is covered under any other state plan. States must provide this coverage as an automatic entitlement or they are in direct violation of your child’s civil rights. I provide attorneys, advocacy organizations, and parents with information about this law, as well as to how states are successfully challenging EPSDT non-compliance nationally.