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Oregon Mental Health Parity

I can't attend the meeting at the Oregon Capital in Salem on Monday, June 26th at 1:00PM in Conference Rm 260. So I sent this email to
Hi Shelley,
I am unable to attend the meeting on June 26th but would like to speak on behalf of my family and many others that I have served as a free service provider and Board Certified Associate Behavior Analyst (BCABA). If this parity act goes through without excluding learning disabilities and/or autism, it will open a door for certified behavior analysts (BCBA and maybe BCABAs) to come into Oregon and set up shop. This state is woefully behind in the number of certified behavioral service providers for precisely that reason: no funding from insurance. Just a little funding, even limited, can get the ball rolling to get more professionals certified or at least to attract certified professionals from other states. This phenomena will have the added benefit of educating parents and many others in behavioral management techniques and teaching technologies that will last a lifetime for the individuals that will receive competent care and teaching.
Thank you,
Kathy Harris
Senate Bill 1 referred to coverage for “mental or nervous conditions,” but Oregon statute doesn’t define this phrase. Advocates endorsed a definition of “mental or nervous condition as any condition or disorder listed in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders
(DSM-IV-TR) with no exclusions.
The proposed rule excludes several codes that are in the DSM-IV. Among excluded conditions are “V” codes, which include difficulties related to experiencing sexual or physical abuse or neglect. Other exclusions are learning disabilities, mental retardation, and a number of sexual and gender disorders.