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After having a conversation with Amy Kelly about her daughter Annie, who was diagnosed with autism as a toddler, I was able to personally learn more about her personal experiences and the process of getting funding for behavioral health care services. Receiving Medical Assistance or Medicaid required large amounts of paperwork, and by the time it was submitted and processed, four to six months had already passed. Therefore, Amy advises other families to seek a diagnosis for early intervention and apply for Medicaid as soon as possible. She herself received a recommendation from the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, which was more effective than the early intervention diagnosis, in terms of receiving Medical Assistance in a timely fashion. She also paid out-of-pocket for private Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA); these sessions were videotaped and then sent directly to the school district to demonstrate Annie's progress, which increased with additional outside speech and music therapy.