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Bureau Director, Authorization an...

Phone: (801) ***-****  HQ Phone
Email: t***@***.gov
Utah Department of Health
288 North 1460 West
Salt Lake City , Utah 84114
United States

Company Description: The UDOH is distributing thousands of contest information posters and packets this month to fourth- and fifth-grade teachers in the state. The contest is a...   more
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www.utahddcouncil.org, 13 July 2014 [cached]
Tonya Hales , RN - Medicaid Long Term Care Services
Tonya Hales of the Utah ...
www.sltrib.com, 24 July 2013 [cached]
Tonya Hales of the Utah Department of Health addressed some of the concerns during the web chat.
"Overwhelmingly, the feedback that we're getting is positive," Hales said about the program, which started in December.
But she admitted there have been "bumps in the road," especially for rural families trying to connect with therapists. Hales explained the program allows for therapists to Skype, or web chat, with such families.
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Hales explained that ABA therapy has been supported by many empirical studies, and is the therapy approved by the Legislature.
Parent Angie Watterson discussed her 5-year-old son, James, one of the 250 children participating in the new program. She said she first noticed symptoms after he turned two years old.
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Hales said the department will give an update on the two-year pilot program in November to the Legislature.
Tonya Hales, who oversees ...
www.sltrib.com [cached]
Tonya Hales, who oversees community-based Medicaid services for the Utah Department of Health, acknowledges barriers exist for rural families. But early delays in care were unavoidable because providers didn't have the staff to immediately respond to dozens of families suddenly seeking services, she said.
On June 1, there were 20 families still waiting for their first therapy visit, she said. By the end of June, there were six, some due to tight family schedules or a switch in providers. Initially, Carbon, Emery, Grand and San Juan counties didn't receive enough applications to fill their allocated number of slots.
Reporting early progress to Utah lawmakers will be a challenge, Hales said. "But I think we'll have a baseline measurement and six-month update for about 150 to 170 children by this fall."
Most rural and urban families in the pilot program report great satisfaction, she said. "We're happy with the way the program has gone, considering the complexity of it."
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O On Tuesday at noon, Jennifer Napier-Pearce will moderate a Trib Talk live video chat at sltrib.com about Utah's free autism treatment program, joined by Tonya Hales, of Utah's Department of Health, and Utah Autism Coalition President Jon Owen.
Watch a replay of a Trib ...
www.sltrib.com, 23 July 2013 [cached]
Watch a replay of a Trib Talk live video chat about the program with Jennifer Napier-Pearce, Tonya Hales of the Utah Department of Health and Utah Autism Coalition president Jon Owen.
Health officials considered adding those ...
www.sltrib.com [cached]
Health officials considered adding those emerging treatments to the pilot and will reconsider them as the science behind them matures, says Hales.
But for now they're deferring to the National Autism Center's National Standards Project. which classified ABA as the only "established" treatment.
"You don't want to do harm and you don't want to do something that isn't effective," Hales said.
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But with an army of trained therapists now in place, it takes at most a month from the time a family wins a lottery slot to their first therapy session, said Tonya Hales, who oversees community-based Medicaid services for the health department.
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