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Focus | BFAST and Supporting the Black Autism Community

The Autism Society of North Carolina has some exciting news to share. After many months of collaborating with The University of North Carolina‚Äôs TEACCH program, we are excited to announce the creation of a new website for North Carolina families. BFAST was created in partnership with members of the Black community‚ÄĮto create easily accessed,‚ÄĮculturally sensitive,‚ÄĮand…

The Barbershop: Supporting the Black Autism Community

Highlighting Community Leaders Supporting the Black Autism Community   Barbershops and beauty salons hold a special place in the black community, valued for their emotional significance and historical importance as centers of cultural affirmation, personal growth, and knowledge for people of color. Beyond being places for haircuts and beauty treatments, they are vital social spaces…

Public Policy Update – LME MCO Consolidations and Appendix K Flexibilities

LME MCO Changes¬† North Carolina‚Äôs six Local Management Entities Managed Care Organizations (LME MCOs) which are responsible for the regional management of a unified system of intellectual and/or developmental disability, mental health, and substance use services are undergoing consolidation and the realignment of some counties before the implementation of the Tailored Plans in July of…

1915i Services ‚Äď What Are They? Eligibility, and How to Apply

Medicaid in North Carolina is now offering new services to people with Medicaid who have an intellectual and/or developmental disability (I/DD), including autism, as well as those with mental health issues and substance use disorders. .¬† In order to receive these services you must be enrolled in a Tailored Plan (Alliance, Vaya, Partners or Trillium).¬†…

What is Tailored Care Management?

The Autism Society of North Carolina (ASNC) is now a provider of Tailored Care Management (TCM), a Medicaid program that officially launched across the State of North Carolina in December of 2022.¬†   Tailored Care Management (TCM) is a new Medicaid service that seeks to integrate care for individuals covered by Medicaid services managed by…

Celebrating Martin Luther King, Jr. and Autism Awareness

The Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. national holiday represents so many meaningful things- peace, love, and empowerment for those who are marginalized. ¬†As a Black parent of a child with autism, it also represents inclusion to me. ¬†There is no question that families impacted by autism have to do things differently. ¬†And that includes how…

Behind the Scenes with an ASNC Support Groups Specialist

  The role of the ASNC Support Groups Specialist is truly unique. There are seven Support Groups Specialist positions across the state, six of which are filled by a remarkable team of ladies who serve their local regions. Have you ever wondered how an Autism Society of North Carolina Support Group leader developed their group…

Medicaid ‚Äď Will you be eligible for health care under the new expanded Medicaid program?

Starting December 1, 2023, North Carolina will expand health insurance coverage under Medicaid to people up to 138% of the federal poverty guidelines. This means more people will qualify including people who were not eligible previously.¬†¬† NC Medicaid covers most health services. It includes doctor visits, check-ups, emergency care, hospital services, maternity and postpartum care,…

Epilepsy Awareness is Part of Our World

Just before my son received his autism diagnosis at the age of five, he was diagnosed with a partial complex seizure disorder. When we took him to the Children’s Developmental Service Agency, or CDSA, as a three-year-old, to learn more about his behavior and language differences, the psychologist suggested we schedule testing with a neurologist…