Most program slots designated for those on Medicaid

I am writing this letter to bring to light an issue I am sure most parents are not aware of.

My child has a history of severe ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder) and has other issues.  When he was in middle school, he was put on a waiting list to be placed in a special program for children with similar issues.

It seems that almost all slots for the program are designated for those on Medicaid.  Only one slot per year in the whole county (Buncombe) is allotted for “pro bono,” or those with private insurance. Therefore, over a period of five years, we were always on a waiting list and never were granted the slot.

Well, as the saga progressed, my child did not function well in a regular classroom and things continued to spiral out of control.  He wound up quitting school at age 17 and had to be sent to a wilderness therapy program out west and now is in boarding school.

I wonder about the “No Child Left Behind” idea.  Seems it does not apply to those with private insurance.

 

Vickie Moore

Asheville

 

 

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