Public Policy and Practice   |   Update: September 8, 2011

SB 946 gaining momentum - next hearing TODAY - but we must keep the pressure on!

Good news! SB 946 made it out of the Assembly Health Committee last night and is headed for Assembly Appropriations today. Thanks to everyone who showed up to testify and called their State Senator and Assembly Member. You can watch the hearing on calchannel.com. IF SB 946 is passed this week by both the Assembly and the Senate and signed by Governor Brown it will significantly improve access to ABA treatment provided by qualified professionals.

Here's what we need you to do TODAY, Thursday, September 8, 2011:

  1. If you have not done so already, call, email, or fax your State Assembly Member and ask him or her to vote "yes" on SB 946 TODAY. Explain why SB 946 is important to you and the individuals and families you serve.

  2. If you have not done so already, call, email, or fax your State Senator and ask him or her to vote "yes" on SB 946 TODAY. Explain why SB 946 is important to you and the individuals and families you serve.

  3. Alert 5 more colleagues and consumers. Talk with them about SB 946 and what it will mean to California consumers who need ABA and their families. Ask them to learn about SB 946 and contact their State Assembly Member and State Senator and vote "yes" on SB 946.

CLICK HERE TO FIND YOUR STATE SENATOR AND ASSEMBLY MEMBER. leginfo.ca.gov/yourleg.html

What is SB 946? (click here to read about SB 946). Authored by Darrel Steinberg, Senate Pro Tem, SB 946 will be heard TODAY (Thursday, September 8, 2011) in the Assembly Appropriations Committee.

The facts:

  1. SB 946 (Steinberg) is a health plan coverage mandate for individuals with autism spectrum disorders. It will mandate coverage of ABA services by Board Certified Behavior Analysts beginning July 1, 2012.

  2. It is THE health plan coverage mandate for ABA for Californians with autism spectrum disorders (replaces SB 770, AB 161, AB 171).

  3. It differs from the settlements DMHC reached with Blue Cross and Blue Shield this summer because:

    1. it mandates behavioral health treatments be covered by all health plans (not just ones involved in settlements) and

    2. it names BCBAs as providers. This means that BCBAs would be deemed qualified to supervise treatment plans.