New Initiatives Include HIPPA-Compliant, Applied Behavioral Analysis Therapy for Children April 27, 2020 (Los Angeles, CA) – The Special Needs Network, one of the nation’s premier autism advocacy organizations for underserved communities, has developed new programs and resources to help people with disabilities navigate the COVID-19 crisis. The new programs include a swiftly developed HIPPA compliant program that provides evidence-based Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) therapy for children.

Special Needs Network’s ABA therapy for children is available for youth currently receiving services from Special Needs Network and includes an expansion of therapy hours to address the greater need across California in light of school closures. Special Needs Network is a Medi-Cal provider, accepts private insurance and is a regional center vendor.

“Special Needs Network’s new initiatives in response to COVID-19 are designed to ensure that people with disabilities and its constituents throughout California are supported and cared for throughout this public crisis,” said Special Needs Network Founder and President Areva Martin. “At a time when many organizations and behavioral health providers are closing or halting services, we are grateful to be able to continue servicing California’s most vulnerable communities.”

Special Needs Network other new initiatives include:

• Expanded delivery of behavioral health treatment via telehealth for hundreds of Medicaid and privately insured families in South Los Angeles;

• A pantry providing non-perishable items to seniors and people with disabilities;

• A 24-hour hotline staffed with professionals to help callers deal with stressors of quarantine and isolation;

• Advocacy training and other skill-building webinars, including our signature Parent Mentoring and Advocacy Program (PAM);

• Facebook interactive videos with educational and recreational activities for the entire family; and

• A Facebook Live show ‘The Special Report’ hosted by SNN President and talk show host Areva Martin that provides viewers with compelling stories, breaking news and access to the nation’s leading and most trusted experts on COVID-19. The Special Report airs on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays at 10 a.m. PST at www.facebook.com/specialneedsnetwork

Special Needs Network’s new initiatives in response to the COVID-19 crisis will remain in place until families are able to safely return to work, school, and community activities.

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About Special Needs Network

Special Needs Network (SNN) is based in Los Angeles and is California’s leading grassroots advocacy organization. Founded by CNN legal analyst and talk show co-host (Face the Truth), Areva Martin, she was inspired to create the organization after going through the challenges of raising an autistic son. Martin explains, “There is no greater joy in my life than seeing the positive impact SNN has had on countless families.” Since its inception, the organization has provided critical direct services to over 50,000 kids and adults with a range of developmental and mental health disorders in the state’s poorest communities. As a nonprofit organization, SNN was established to help families faced with autism and other developmental disabilities. The organization focuses on raising public awareness, impacting public policy, increasing education and access to resources for families, children and adults. www.snnla.org

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