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Old 07-01-2007, 01:31 PM
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It sounds as though your child, based on his school placement, meets the current strigent criteria for Katie Beckett. Many children, with milder disabilities, who once qualified no longer do..

http://dch.georgia.gov/vgn/images/portal/cit_1210/11/4/70650170Katie_Beckett-Fact_Sheet.pdf (broken link)

The sad reality remains, though, that less than 1/2 of special ed students in Georgia graduate from high school.
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Old 07-02-2007, 12:10 PM
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I taught autism in the Gwinnett county school system for 8 yrs..Duluth cluster..Mason elementary. The schools (Richard Hull Middle and Peachtree Ridge High) have a great special needs program. I know that Cobb came out years ago to look at the programs implemented in Gwinnett since Gwinnett had been very successful in their programs. My girlfriends stepson has spinal bifida and I will check with her to see about various programs. I do know that he went to Peachtree Ridge High school. Great neighborhoods out in the area too!
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Old 11-09-2007, 08:22 AM
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Georgia is the worst place in the US to have a medically needy child. My son John Victor could not walk talk swallow or even breath on his own his care was intensive care unit level and I trained to take care of him in my home. I moved from Texas in 2000 to GA to be beside my brother and have experienced nothing buy persecution from the medicade. Instead of giving my son the services he needed and was entitled to under federal laws, GA medicade denied services and I along with every other mother of a medically fragile child in GA had to fight them. We spend so much time fighting with them, it robs our children who have already been devasted from tragic illness. Mirium Henderson at Medicade and the rest,Mark Trail, Rhonda Meadown, and their attorneys Michelle Townes are evil and they attack mothers of medically fragile children! My son is dead, and I am still fighting with them. They harass , bully and threaten us all the time. They have no right to do this to already sick and devasted families, it is evil and they kick you when you are down. They say the want to cut services because they want get others in services but this is a lie, they want to cut services to get more money so they can fight us in court to cut our services. It is rotten and I strongly suggest no one move here, healthy or sick because everyone is letting these monster prey on sick children and their families. The govenor does not care and neither do the representatives even though they are well aware of the situation.
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Old 11-09-2007, 09:34 AM
Location: near atlanta georgia
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Hi, my son is special needs (Autism, PDD) and we just had a great support meeting with the following info that may help:

" Just to give it out again, the number to call to get an application for the
state planning list is Anna Woodworth Ext. 2693, 770- 414-3052 at the Metro Regional Board for MR/MH/DD. The NOW and COMP waivers are replacing the MRWP waiver as of Jan. 1 and this is not the same as Katie Beckett, which is for medical services, therapies, etc.

And, to clarify, GCSS is a provider agency and provides supports for
families and individuals with developmental disabilities. They provide services for many with waivers but are not a government agency and do not make policy decisions on them. Unfortunately, they will not be coming out again soon, since we have pretty
much booked the rest of the year with other speakers and topics. I know Lisa Heilig is
happy to answer calls on this topic of waivers if you want to call her directly at GCSS

GCSS Resources (http://www.gacommunity.com/resources.html - broken link)
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Old 01-07-2008, 09:45 PM
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We're moving *from* Georgia to Chicago in hopes of getting my special needs child help (he's autistic).

school here is the worst, they try to sweep the kids under the rug....resources are EXTREMELY limited. My son has been on a waiting list for years now for assistance. We're in Augusta, not Atlanta, but have not seen enough support to want to move in that direction...
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Old 05-28-2008, 11:17 PM
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Lightbulb atalie1218

Originally Posted by lastminutemom View Post

Are you dependent on medicaid or a waiver for your child's services? If so, please be aware that things are very difficult here in Georgia right now for families of children with disabilities...

Please let me know and I will provide more information.

My child has a disabilitiy and i am planning on moving from NY To ATL.
What do you mean that things are very difficult?

Did you move how did it go for you?

Some advice?
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Old 05-29-2008, 06:42 AM
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GA has a terrible record in meeting children's needs. Tell me a bit more about your situation--

your child's disability and needs
your insurance situation for your child.
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Old 10-22-2009, 10:37 AM
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Default Please sign my petition for special needs child and pass the word around

My 8 yr old special needs daughter Rema Narassah has been denied the "Georgia Special Needs scholarship" because of a simple application deadline issue. The application deadline was Sept 11th 2009 and Rema's application was submitted on Sept 21st 2009. I have hit a brick wall with the GDOE on this issue. They (GDOE) want me to take Rema back to the school system and review her IEP all over again. The whole point of the SB10 scholarship is for special needs parents to explore other options other than the public school system. This is because the public school system has failed in most cases. In fact, deadlines should be removed and parents should be allowed to make a transfer choice anytime during the school year.
I DO NOT WANT HER TO WASTE ANOTHER YEAR OF PRECIOUS DEVELOPMENT JUST BECAUSE OF AN APPLICATION DEADLINE. As parents of a special needs child, we are already struggling with medical, healthcare and emotional issues. Please vote for my petition if you think that Rema deserves the special needs scholarship, deadline or no deadline.
INDIRA (Rema Narassah's mom)

Please sign my petition at [url=http://www.petitiononline.com/dhandapi/petition.html]Let Rema have a better future...please!! Petition[/url]
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Old 11-20-2009, 10:23 PM
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Default Misinformation

You have a bit of misinformation here; please allow me help you out with some of the things I know about Katie Beckett...

*You are correct that the Feds don't require KB. Katie was a real girl and this type of Medicaid came about because of her unique circumstances years ago. Yes, the program is very expensive so it only stands to reason that, like all insurance companies do, Medicaid has to limit the therapies and other services provided to ensure there are continued funds to sustain the program. But there are provisions and procedures to request more sessions if they are medically required.

*Katie Beckett is a Medicaid for children who do not qualify for SSI Medicaid (usually because the parents' income is too high.)Katie Beckett Medicaid only looks at the income and assets of the child so the parents' income is not an issue here.

*You do not have to reapply every 3-6 months; it is once every 12 months. And, it's not a full re-application, it is a review. You must show that the child still meets the guidelines to receive KB. There are many, types of Medicaid for disabled people depending on their circumstances. So even if a child is determined not eligible for Katie Beckett there may be another Medicaid available. (See links below for other, non-Medicaid programs that may also help.)

*There are guidelines for Katie Beckett, as there are for all government services (they don't just hand you a driver's license, right?) It would be too time-consuming to list them all but in general,
- a child must be deemed disabled (see your local Family and Children Services office and the case worker will help you with this one
-the child must be able to meet the medical criteria to be institutionalized in a hospital, nursing home, or facility for the MR. Katie Becket helps children who previously would have been "sent away" to stay in their homes with care provided primarily by parents but with the assistance of therapists, nurses, etc.
-The child must meet all citizenship, income, and asset criteria.

*The records you must provide at application and annual review are ones that most parents already have; many parents of disabled children already know they are going to need this information to give to the next specialist so they have it or can get it relatively easy - medical records from your doctor, hospitalizations, therapies, IEPs, psych evals, etc.

*The amount of help you get from the schools depends on the school system. Actually, many of the smaller systems offer more help than do the larger ones. However, I believe it is the job of the parent to seek the school system's help, not wait for the help to be offered.

I strongly suggest you contact your local Family and Children Services office and talk to a case worker about the Medicaid. DO NOT ask Medicaid questions of the woman you happen to meet in your doctor's office or the grocery store or even your mama's best friend whose sister's daughter goes to church with a woman who works at DFCS; if you have questions about Medicaid for disabled children, ask a Medicaid worker who specializes in Medicaid for the disabled)

There are resources available if you know how to find them.
Yes, you must meet all of the guidelines for the individual programs, including meeting deadlines, but if you actively participate by obtaining the requested items, meeting the deadlines (or requesting an extension if you can't meet them!) asking questions, and keeping good notes you may find it is much easier than you think, time-consuming, yes, but not too, too difficult.

Try these for more information:




[url=http://www.dch.georgia.gov/00/channel_title/0,2094,31446711_33935684,00.html]georgia.gov - Applying for Medicaid[/url]

http://dch.georgia.gov/vgn/images/portal/cit_1210/42/45/76267061BabiesCantWait_1.2010_FINAL.pdf (broken link)

Originally Posted by lastminutemom View Post
Katie Beckett is a mess right now -- and if your child doesn't already qualify for Medicaid, it can be difficult to do so -- especially if your income is too high.

I would not be totally surprised, if in the next few years, GA doesn't opt out of Beckett -- the federal gov't doesn't require it -- it has become a runaway spending machine --

Right now, if you do get Beckett, you have to reapply every 3 to 6 months -- the full packet -- doctors records, therapist letters, it is a real burded and a real mess.

Additionally, therapy is,as I understand it, only being allocated in a small batch -- and then you have to get approval for more. It has become so burdensome that many therapists have dropped or are considering dropping their contract to accept Medicaid/Beckett patients.

Also, I cannot stress enough, that Georgia public schools don't have a great record with special education students. If you have a good situation where you are, you need to consider whether moving to Georgia is the right strategy.

We have a real shortage of qualified special ed teachers, a real issue in the training of classroom teachers related to mainstreaming and many of our school systems are simply growing so fast, they can't keep up.
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Old 03-23-2010, 10:32 AM
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Originally Posted by lastminutemom View Post

Are you dependent on medicaid or a waiver for your child's services? If so, please be aware that things are very difficult here in Georgia right now for families of children with disabilities...

Please let me know and I will provide more information.

Last edited by xesrec; 03-23-2010 at 10:35 AM.. Reason: Replying in the wrong area
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