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Tonya Hales

Agency Member, Medicaid Long Term Care Services

Utah Developmental Disabilities Council

HQ Phone: (801) 533-3965

Email: t***@***.gov

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Utah Developmental Disabilities Council

155 S. 300 W. Suite 100

Salt Lake City, Utah 84101

United States

Company Description

The Utah Developmental Disabilities Council is established by Executive Order of the Governor of the State of Utah in compliance with the Developmental Disabilities Assistance and Bill of Rights Act of 2000 (Public Law 106-402). The purpose of the Counc ... more

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Bureau Director, Authorization and Community Based Services

Utah Department of Health

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Tonya Hales , RN - Medicaid Long Term Care Services

A series of questions were answered ... [cached]

A series of questions were answered by Keith and Amy McGuire, Tonya Hales of the Utah Department of Health, and the speakers above:

Health officials considered adding those ... [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.
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.

Tonya Hales of the Utah ... [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.
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.
Hales said the department will give an update on the two-year pilot program in November to the Legislature.

Watch a replay of a Trib ... [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.

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