Autism Alliance of Michigan CEO Reappointed to Michigan Autism Council


October, 2016

Michigan Autism Council
Colleen Allen

Autism Alliance of Michigan’s CEO, Dr. Colleen Allen, has been reappointed to the Michigan Autism Council. The governor created this 12-member council in 2012 as an advisory body to the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services on the implementation of the Michigan Autism Spectrum Disorder State Plan. This plan provides comprehensive lifespan support to individuals with ASD and their families through access to information and resources, coordination of services and implementation of evidence-based practices. The Council must update the plan every year.

The Michigan Autism Council has accomplished a great deal in the last 4 years. Currently, there are committees developed to address statewide initiatives across the age-span, which includes; Early Childhood, School-Age, and Adult focused. The Council has worked collaboratively with a number of stakeholders to introduce the BCBA Licensure Bill, which is currently in front of the Michigan legislature.

Insurance Committee Status

Colleen Allen chairs the Insurance Subcommittee, which has been working tirelessly for the past 4 years (since implementation), working with state departments, insurers, providers, and families to remove barriers and facilitate implementation of this important law.

Some of the Insurance Subcommittee work focuses on:

  • Michigan Reimbursement Fund
  • AAoM’s work with self-funded companies to adopt an autism benefit for their employees
  • Autism Provider Credentials
  • Documentation Standards and Guidelines in Evaluating and Treating Autism
  • Consumer Complaints regarding the reimbursement process
  • Working together with providers and insurers to bridge gaps in service and maximize treatment for families across the state

How Does AAoM Fit into the Michigan Autism Council?

The work of AAoM ties directly to recommendations of the MI ASD State Plan, which was released to the public in March of 2013, one year after the Council was created, and AAoM actively participates in each of the committees.

AAoM is dedicated to improving the quality of life for those affected by autism in Michigan. There is still a lot of work to do in Michigan in order to be a top state in which to live with autism. But, both the Autism Alliance of Michigan and the Michigan Autism Council will continue working.

Take a look at AAoM’s current accomplishments: 

If you are interested in learning more about autism in Michigan or need help navigating autism today, please contact or 877.463.AAOM.

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