UPDATE: So Close, Yet So Far!! ABA
Most of you know my ABA battle in trying to bring this therapy to my 2 kids that have autism. The provider 1.5 hours away has agreed to an in-home 3 hours a day amazing program that the kids NEED!!! And their current Sped teach wants to do it for them!! But she got the financial offer today, and it is not enough for her to be able to do it and make driving here (she lives 1 hour away) profitable for her. She is still going to try to negotiate with them, and see if their is anything else they can do. I'd also be trained to be her back up, so I told them to put all the money into her, not pay me on her days off. I'm frustrated because my kids need this so much, I can't get it locally any other way, and they will age out of insurance paying for it soon. I even have stuff like respite money I do not use that I would love to figure out how to use some of that to pay for her services but can't seem to 'fit the rules of respite.' And if I was driving to her, we could get out of county trip reimbursement through medicaid for me to take the kids to her. But I can't use this same fund to bring her to the kids. It's just so close, yet I don't think I'm going to win the battle, which makes me so sad to not be able to give the kids the one chance they probably have to be more functional then they otherwise will be. I've given them every opportunity I can since day one, and it is breaking my heart to not be able to make this happen. I just don't know how to make up the funding difference to make it affordable to the teacher on top of the therapy salary. :(
So, I was granted an additional 21k in Supported Community Living hours for the kids today that I may be able to use in my ABA venture for teacher to pick up overtime to make this worth her while as the therapy pay alone was short. At the same time it may not really cause her to work a whole lot extra in hours if I do her computer entry portion. I am given the pool of money and can set her rate per hour out of the pool to possibly meet the gap of the other pay while she teaches them basic life skills on top of the ABA. We're going to talk in detail on Tuesday and make a date to go venture to the out of town ABA center to see if we can nail things down and maybe make this happen. I don't have this yet, and it could fall through any second, but there's hope again!