Finally. I had received the “Pre-Authorization” notice for Bryce to go to Day Treatment Day Camp for the summer. I had practically crawled up his Case Manager’s hind end as to know when I was to get the paper work. After several weeks asking about this paperwork to fill out, she FINALLY tells me that Medicaid is “doing things different this year and pre-authing” the clients”. Nice! Thanks for telling me after WEEKS of speculation.
So, I get my copy in the mail last week. He got approved alright! For “Mental Health Partial Hospitalization” due to it being “Medically Necessary And Approved as Requested”.
Stupid insurance formalities! I am NOT placing my kid in a Psych Ward. He is going to be in a Summer Camp with other kids with problems and disabilities as he too has.
In the Day Treatment Day Camp setting, they not only do fun things like crafts and go to various places. They learn the tools (or are re-taught, if they have “forgotten”) to help them have better social and behavioral skills. And they even receive therapy on-site at least once a week. And they learn how to better form and interact in friendships.
Most of these kids don’t have any real friends. Why? Because of their “quirks”, like being so short tempered, their ability to ramble on about one certain thing, not letting others speak or they get cut off because our kids have yet to master the social cues of when to “talk and when to shut up”. Or they have visible tics that scare other kids from interacting with the one affected.
At least at the Day Treatment Day Camp, EVERYONE is equal. There is no shunning. They feel safe and comfortable. And if their “quirks” decide to shine, that’s okay. Even the negative ones. But they will get assistance in trying to “deal” with the more negative aspects of the times where being good is just a little bit more hard than most days for them.
But one little hitch is still in the plan. Where in the world is my paperwork to OFFICIALLY place him in to the Summer Camp? I guess I will get to make the lovely call (again!) to ask his (new..as in new to being one) Case Manager once more about getting the papers to fill out and give permission to be in the Day Treatment setting.
It’s only about two weeks away. So they best give me my papers to sign. Or else, if she cannot do her job properly, I will have to report her to Bryce’s old CM, who is now in charge of the CM staffing.
And I REALLY hate “tattling” on people, only to get them in to trouble. But by golly! They need to do their job and do it in a TIMELY manner. Yes, there are other kids besides mine that they help and I duly understand this. But I appreciate equal time and concern for my kid as well, along with the other patients.