CTC 2021 Legislative Priorities

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CTC’s 2021 Legislative Priorities

  1. We support funding for neurodevelopment centers (NDC). We want NDCs funding to stay intact. The Department of Health has included a $1.304M savings by eliminating NDCs in their cut package (decision package). There are 19 NDCs in WA, and CTC is one of them. CTC receives about 8% (about $100,000) of this $1.304M state level investment. This funding supports things like wages for program assistants who support direct services for children and families by creating picture boards and books for families to utilize at home to supplement therapeutic services their children that cannot be funded from other sources.
  1. We support the continuation of interpretation services. We want the funding for interpretation services to be maintained (Healthcare Authority). Across the state, interpretation services support 96,000 children. Interpretation services are used at CTC to provide families with accurate medical information in their language of choice about their child’s progress and goals during their therapy sessions. These sessions are provided in-person, via telehealth (video conference), or by phone call. For CTC, if this cut became a reality, we may need to find as much as $400,000 to cover interpretation. The most frequent non-English languages spoken by our families are: Spanish, Vietnamese, Somali, Amharic, and Arabic. This is based on data across our four sites. By far, Spanish and Vietnamese are the top two.
  1. We want to hold the current rates for: (a) Early Support for Infants and Toddlers (ESIT) program; and (b) Medicaid / Apple Health rates for NDCs. Neither of these rates have been proposed for cuts in decision packages and we have been in touch with the agencies (Dept. of Children, Youth, and Families for ESIT; Healthcare Authority for Medicaid / Apple Health). However, we want to ensure these current rates are preserved because 80% of the services we provide are for children ages 0-3 and the supplemental ESIT funding allows for enhanced services, such as early childhood education and family resource coordination. Also, more than 60% of the services we provide are for children with Apple Health. The reimbursement rate for Apple Health is 40% less than the average commercial insurance payment, so any reductions in Apple Health reimbursement would be significant to our program.

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