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News | June 10, 2021

Register for June 24 Webinar on Autism Care Demonstration

By TRICARE Communications

TRICARE will host a webinar on the Autism Care Demonstration (ACD) on June 24, from 1 to 2 p.m. ET. The webinar is for parents and families to learn about key policy changes to the ACD.
 
“We encourage parents and caregivers of children diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder who are enrolled or want to enroll in TRICARE’s Autism Care Demonstration to join this webinar,” said Dr. Krystyna Bienia, clinical psychologist and ACD clinical lead with the Defense Health Agency (DHA). “This webinar will give you a chance to learn more about the ACD and the new program improvements that target clinically appropriate care for beneficiaries to reach their maximum potential.”
 
In March of this year, the DHA published policy changes to the ACD. They include:
  • Improving the clinical outcomes for participating beneficiaries
  • Expanding coverage of eligible services, including groups 
  • Providing more parent and family support services
  • Connecting families with both clinical and non-clinical services
  • Improving outcomes collection and reporting
  • Expanding parental involvement
 
A gradual rollout of changes began in May. The plan is for all changes to be in effect by Jan. 1, 2022. You can read more about the changes in this TRICARE article.
 
“The focus of these changes is to ensure that families participating in the ACD have access to all available options, both clinical and non-clinical, and are able to connect their child to the right services at the right time,” said Dr. Amy Serda, a behavioral health nurse consultant with the DHA. “We want to provide a program that meets the individual needs of each family.”
 
The webinar will include a presentation led by both Dr. Serda and Dr. Bienia with the ACD. A Q&A will follow the presentation. To learn more and to register for the webinar, visit the registration page.
 
Do you want to participate in the ACD or are you currently enrolled? Don’t miss the June 24 TRICARE webinar for an overview of what you need to know. Registration for the webinar is on a first come, first served basis. Register today.
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