Greetings from Region 1!

Below are some interesting developments and news from Region 1 that we thought would be of interest to NAME members.

UVA Offers First Special Education Master’s Program in Northern Virginia
Due to a national shortage of special education teachers, the University of Virginia (UVA) will begin offering a Special Education Master’s Program in Northern Virginia at its Curry School of Education. This program is the first of its kind in the Northern Virginia area. According to the U.S. Department of Education, 47 U.S. states declared a shortage of special education teachers during the 2013-2014 school year. By opening the program in Northern Virginia, the Curry School can increase the number of schools it can partner with for practicum experiences, as well as hopefully slow the shortage of special education teachers:
www.nbc29.com/story/29847200/uva-offers-first-special-ed-masters-program-in-northern-va

Potential Medicaid Privatization in North Carolina
In the state of North Carolina, the legislature voted to approve the privatization of Medicaid. The house bill passed the North Carolina Senate with a 33-15 vote and also passed the North Carolina House of Representatives with a 65-40 vote. The concept of privatization of Medicaid has been a topic of discussion for months in the state. The passing of this legislation will put some controls in the Medicaid system according to Senator Ralph Hise. There are additional steps that need to occur for the bills to accomplish their intent:
www.newsobserver.com/news/politics-government/state-politics/article36223626.html

Massachusetts expanding school-based Medicaid to include a specific Autism program: ABA
In Massachusetts, school-based claiming issued a notice in August that effective October 1, 2015, school districts will be able to seek reimbursement for Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) services, both direct services and administrative claiming, that are being provided to treat individuals with autism spectrum disorder. The service must be provided by a board certified behavioral analyst or a board certified assistant behavioral analyst. For more information:
www.mass.gov/eohhs/docs/masshealth/bull-2015/sbm-29.pdf

If you have questions, concerns or issues to share, or if your state has any news to share with NAME members, please send it along to us. We would love to hear from you.