M is for Medicaid and Mental Health

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Originally, I was thinking of having this as M is for Meltdown, but I’ve already posted something similar within 5 calming strategies for meltdowns. So instead, M is for Medicaid and Mental Health in our next part of the Autism A to Z series. And can you believe we’re halfway through? There are a few that I already know what to post and others that I’m coming up blank. Hopefully I’ll have something by that time though. And since we’re midway through the week, I’m also starting to think of a new printable pack for Friday!

M is for Medicaid and Mental Health

What Is Medicaid?

 If you are a low income family and/or your child receives SSI (Supplemental Security Income), chances are that you should also qualify for medicaid. In New York, Sweet B’s SSI was an automatic qualifier for Medicaid and as long as she receives SSI, she will also receive Medicaid. But this varies from state to state and you should check with your local office of social services to see what you need to qualify.

Medicaid will cover your health and dental needs in addition to a myriad of other health related services. For us, it helps to cover her tuition to Wildwood in addition to helping us access various programs that are run through our OPWDD (Office for People With Developmental Disabilities) office. Our Medicaid Service Coordinator (MSC) helps us to access these services which includes things like a clothing fund and respite care.

Having Medicaid means being able to provide Sweet B with things that she needs and provide our family with additional support.

Mental Health and Autism

Mental health issues such as anxiety issues, OCD (obsessive compulsive disorder), and depression can definitely exist alongside autism. We’ve already discussed other issues that can exist in our Comorbidity and Autism post, but today I want to specifically get into mental health.

Some individuals with autism may already exhibit some traits of a mental health issue (such as OCD or Social Anxiety) and their autism may complicate this issue further. Or your child might be non-verbal and unable to express that they are having issues with anxiety or depression.

In that case, how do you help?

Seek a professional if you suspect that your child may also have a mental health issue. This may start with your child’s pediatrician or with a school social worker.

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Kori is an autistic mom who also happens to have ADHD and Anxiety. She is currently located in Albany, NY where she is raising a neurodivergent family. Her older daughter is non-speaking autistic (and also has ADHD and Anxiety) and her youngest daughter is HSP/Gifted. As an empath, HSP, and highly intuitive individual, Kori brings her own life experiences as an autistic woman combined with her adventures in momming to bring you the day-to-day of her life at home. Kori provides life coaching services for neurodivergent women (and those who identify as women) as well as Oracle card reading, Tarot card readings, and energy healing.

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S. L. Hennessy
6 years ago

I think it’s wonderful that you’re trying to shed light and give information on this issue. So many people need help and don’t know where to start. Great post.

Good luck with the A to Z Challenge!
A to Z Co-Host S. L. Hennessy

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