Check out this article about Anderson Ce

Check out this article about Anderson Center for Autism and how they support parents placing a child in care.


A Rabbi Visits Cherry Gulch

What a great article! Ms. Schwartz had a fantastic take on an issue that is very important to us. One of our ethical principles requires that our members “be aware and respectful of cultural, familial, and societal backgrounds of their program participants” and it is wonderful to hear how our programs are incorporating members of the local community to help with that.

Supreme Court Rules in Favor Of A Special Education Student


School districts must give students with disabilities the chance to make meaningful, “appropriately ambitious” progress, the Supreme Court said Wednesday in an 8-0 ruling.

The case centered on a child with autism and attention deficit disorder whose parents removed him from public school in fifth grade. He went on to make better progress in a private school. His parents argued that the individualized education plan provided by the public school was inadequate, and they sued to compel the school district to pay his private school tuition.

The Supreme Court today sided with the family, overturning a lower court ruling in the school district’s favor.

The federal Individuals with Disabilities Education Act guarantees a “free appropriate public education” to all students with disabilities. Today’s opinion held that “appropriate” goes further than what the lower courts had held.

“It cannot be right that the IDEA generally contemplates grade-level advancement for children with disabilities who are fully integrated in the regular classroom, but is satisfied with barely more than de minimis progress for children who are not,” read the opinion, signed by Chief Justice John Roberts.

SAMHSA Seeks Comments on Rule Changes Regarding Confidentiality of Substance Use Disorder Patient Records

The Legal Action Center (“LAC”) has released a template for stakeholders to use to comment on the January 18, 2017 Supplemental Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (“SNPRM”) issued by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (“SAMHSA”). This SNPRM requests stakeholder comments on additional proposed changes to the regulations governing the confidentiality of substance use disorder patient records (“42 C.F.R. Part 2” or “Part 2”). The proposed changes are in addition to changes already made to 42 C.F.R. Part 2 by a Final Rule released on the same date. LAC submitted revised comments on the SNRPM on February 13, 2017.

Although both the Final Rule and the SNPRM are on hold until at least March 20, 2017, pursuant to a memorandum from President Trump, LAC strongly encourages stakeholders to comment on the SNPRM. While it is not clear that the February 17, 2017 comment submission deadline referenced in the SNPRM still applies, LAC is adhering to that deadline and advises others to do so as well.

The SNPRM seeks to clarify how lawful holders of Part 2-protected substance use disorder information may disclose that information to their contractors, subcontractors, and legal representatives for the purposes of carrying out payment, health care operations, and other health care related activities. The SNPRM also proposes changes to the notice of the prohibition on re-disclosure. LAC understands that there may be a legitimate need for some of the proposed changes, but is concerned the changes are written so broadly that they may threaten core Part 2 protections. Therefore, LAC does not support the proposed changes unless SAMHSA includes additional patient protections to balance the increased flexibility created by the proposed changes. LAC’s specific recommendations for additional protections are discussed in our comments.

Stakeholders are invited to use LAC’s template to submit comments, and to modify the template as they see fit. Comments should be submitted by February 17, 2017. Comments may be submitted online at, or by mail or hand delivery to:

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

Department of Health and Human Services

ATTN: Danielle Tarino, SAMHSA

5600 Fishers Lane, Room 13E89A

Rockville, Maryland 20857

We Are NATSAP January Edition



We are pleased to announce the latest edition of We Are NATSAP. We are happy to showcase the great work our Member Programs do when it comes to engaging their students.

Being featured in We Are NATSAP allows a program to tout their latest achievements as well as providing the opportunity to promote your press release to a wider audience that consists of industry associates, consultants, and parents.

If you are interested in providing an article for the next edition of We Are NATSAP, please contact Shanita Smith. Articles should be around 450 words in length and please include photos. We are asking that you please submit your article to by April 7th.