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Described as a disease of the brain that causes disturbances in one’s thoughts or their behavior, mental illness affects more than 60 million Americans. The disturbances can range from mild to severe and oftentimes infringe upon a person’s ability to cope with the demands and routines of everyday life. Despite the fact that mental illnesses affect one in four adults and one in five children, there is still a stigma associated with this issue, which is why some choose to not seek help. While awareness of mental illnesses seems to be on the rise, there is much that needs to be done.
We are a group of parents who have children on the Autism Spectrum or who suffer from inflammatory diseases such as Chronic Fatigue Syndrome or Fibromyalgia. Recent studies suggest a link between these conditions. We each know how overwhelming it can be when your child is first diagnosed. As well, we understand the daily struggle as well as the joys of raising these very special children. We have come together to curate and create resources that have been helpful to us in the hopes that these will help other parents struggling to care for and to help their children thrive.
Sesame Street Autism Resources for Parents
Resources for Military Families
Moving with Special Needs Kids
Home Modifications for Special Needs Kids
Planning for the Future for Seniors with Special Needs
Academic Accommodation Resources
Estate Planning for Parents of Special Needs Kids
Medi-Cal in Orange County, http://ssa.ocgov.com/about/services/locations/
Orange County Medi-Cal office locations for those clients that are enrolling into Medi-Cal through any portal, inlcuding Covered California. The SSA Eligibility Technicians can also complete document verification for all applications submitted through the CoveredCA.com portal, including those for private health insurance plans.
Covered California www.coveredca.com
On Covered California’s consumer site, you can shop and compare health care plans, apply for health coverage and subsidies, and find application assistance in your area. The also have a FAQ page and contacts numbers and email addresses if you are in need of support.
Certified Enrollment Entity and Counselor Webportal, https://ipas.ccgrantsandassisters.org
The In-Person Assistance website has all the information you will need to become a Certified Enrollment Entity or Certified Enrollment Counselor. This is also the website portal for applying to be a CEE and for affiliating your CECs.
State of California’s Health Benefit Exchange, http://www.healthexchange.ca.gov
California’s Health Benefit Exchange offers a variety of resources from stakeholder webinars and updates on recent legislation to Board meeting minutes and video.
Kaiser Family Foundation Healthcare Reform Resources http://kff.org/health-reform/
The Kaiser Family Foundation website offers a wide variety of resources and information on health care reform, including a link to consumer resources in English and Spanish and a short video that provides a summary of the Affordable Care Act that is enjoyable to watch and easy to understand.
Kaiser Family Foundation Healthcare Reform Resources in Spanish http://kff.org/cuidado-de-saludrecursos-para-los-consumidores/
The Kaiser Family Foundation website providing all their consumer resources translated into Spanish, including their popular YouToons cartoon explaining the Affordable Care Act.
Federal Mental Health Services and Resources http://www.mentalhealth.gov/
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services website offering information about mental health and mental health services from 6 different federal agencies, including a tab on health insurance with information about how the ACA expands mental health and substance use disorder coverage.
Medi-Cal in Los Angeles County, http://www.ladpss.org/dpss/maps/maps.cfm?program=medical
Los Angeles County Medi-Cal Office Locations for clients enrolling into this program in LA County and want more information on the status of their application and coverage.