Health Education Lupe González, PhD, MPH
Chief Medical Officer
C. Albert Reeves, MD
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old Coast Health Plan
(GCHP) covers behavioral
health treatment (BHT)
for autism spectrum disorder
(ASD) through Beacon Health
Strategies. is treatment includes
applied behavior analysis and other
evidence-based services that have
been reviewed and shown to work.
e services should develop or
restore, as much as possible, the daily
functioning of a Member with ASD.
BHT services must be:
Prescribed by a licensed doctor
or a licensed psychologist.
What to know about autism
hen a child rst starts
smiling or pointing, he
or she is learning how to
interact with the world.
Kids with autism, though, often
don’t engage the world this way. ey
don’t learn, communicate and react
to things the same way as other kids.
is used to
describe a range of developmental
disabilities. It is caused by a
problem in the brain. Autism
usually appears in the rst three
years of life.
An infant or child with autismmay:
Smile later than other babies.
Not respond to his or her name.
Prefer not to be held.
Avoid eye contact.
Repeat certain actions over and over.
Have trouble understanding
Have trouble with changes in
Have trouble relating to people.
Typically, children should be
checked for autism at 18 months
and 24 months. But don’t wait. If
you notice signs, bring it up to your
ere is no cure for autism.
But acting early may help lessen
AUTISM SPECTRUM DISORDER
Behavioral Health Treatment
Approved by GCHP.
Given according to the Member’s
Plan-approved treatment plan.
You may qualify if you:
Are under 21 years of age.
Have a diagnosis of ASD.
Have behaviors that interfere
with home or community life,
such as anger; violence; self-
injury; running away; or di culty
with living skills, play and/or
You do not qualify if you:
Are not medically stable.
Need 24-hour medical or nursing
Have an intellectual disability and
need procedures done in a hospital or
an intermediate care facility.
BHT services provided through a
Regional Center will continue until a
transition plan is developed. Further
information will then be available.
Who to call:
Beacon Health Strategies,
8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through
GCHP Member Services,
8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through
its impact. With treatment and
support, children with autism can
grow, learn and thrive.
Sources: American Academy of Pediatrics; Centers for Disease Control and Prevention