Hope Reach


In our Hope Reach program, we open minds by providing 25-40 hours per week per child of intense Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) therapy focusing on language, behavioral, social, and cognitive skills. We provided over 88,000 hours of therapy last year. Hope Reach is the only nonprofit provider of this therapy in Upstate South Carolina. Hope Reach provides in-home and in-school treatment in Greenville, Spartanburg, Pickens, Anderson, Union, and Cherokee counties.

Clinical services are available in Woodruff, SC and limited shared space facilities in Simpsonville, SC.

Hope Reach uses a team approach when providing Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) services. Each child’s treatment team consists of:
▪ 2-5 line therapists who work one-on-one in blocks of 2-3 hours,
▪ A lead therapist who provides weekly hands-on assistance and feedback, 
▪ A Board Certified supervisor who develops and monitors the child’s individualized plan; and
▪ Family members who implement the plan in “real life” situations outside of therapy.

To ensure that each child’s time is used efficiently, the treatment team (including family members) meet to evaluate the plan every 2-4 weeks.

  • What is ABA?

    Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) is a form of behavior analysis based on the findings of B.F. Skinner in the 1930s, including his book Verbal Behavior, published in 1957. In 1968, D.M. Baer, M.M. Wolf, and T.R. Risley defined ABA as the process of systematically applying interventions based upon the principles of learning theory to improve socially significant behaviors to a meaningful degree, and to demonstrate that the interventions employed are responsible for the improvement of behavior. They described ABA has having seven dimensions:

    • application (social significance)
    • behavioral (changes in behavior that are measurable)
    • analytical (controllable)
    • technological (replicable)
    • conceptually-systematic,
    • effective, and
    • general (persists over time, various environments, and spreads to other behaviors).

    In 1987, Dr. Ivar Lovaas published a study showing the efficacy of ABA in treating children with autism, a finding that has be confirmed in hundreds of published studies and endorsed by many, including the US Surgeon General.

    ABA uses concepts that are familiar (such as reinforcement, prompting, generalizing) in systematic ways to teach skills and to replace problem behaviors with more appropriate ones.

  • Getting Started



    How do I get my child into therapy?

    Contact the Hope Reach office via email or at 864-476-7400. If you leave a message, please leave your email address along with your phone number.

    Someone from the Hope Reach office will send you the following documents to fill out and return or you can download them here to fill them out and mail or deliver them to Hope Reach.    

    Once all of these forms have been returned to us, the office will schedule a time for you and your child to have an initial intake meeting with the clinical director. You will receive a letter with the details of what to expect in your meeting.

    The intake meeting is the time to have your clinical questions answered. The clinical director will conduct a brief skills assessment and behavior analysis with your child and will walk you through a questionnaire. Billing and funding will be discussed during this meeting as well. The meeting usually lasts about 3 hours. Your child will need to be present at this meeting.

    At the end of the meeting, we will give you an information sheet detailing what needs to take place before therapy hours can begin. It will likely take about 2 months before a trained team is ready to begin services.

    After the intake meeting has taken place, any necessary assessments can be performed. The assessment requirements vary based on your funding source. During this time, your child will be assigned a supervisor, lead therapists, and line therapists. Services can begin once all assessments have been submitted, all necessary authorizations have come to our office, and your team is ready.



    Things to keep in mind

    We hire line therapists on an as-needed basis. This means that we often do not have therapists “ready and waiting” to begin therapy. We assess our clients’ needs and then hire therapists who will best fit those needs. We take your location into consideration, along with several other factors, to determine what therapists will best meet your needs.

    We have a clinical location in Woodruff, SC and limited shared space in Simpsonville, SC. If you are willing to bring your child to us for therapy, we may be able to get services started more quickly for you. Historically, finding therapists in remote areas of the state has not been successful.

    We provide intensive ABA therapy, which requires cooperation and follow-through from families. You may be asked to attend a parent training when your child begins services.

  • Potential Funding


    Ryan's Law


    Under Ryan’s Law, certain South Carolina insurance companies must cover Applied Behavior Analysis services.

    When did Ryan’s Law go into effect?
    It covers from the first renewal date of the insurance policy after July 1, 2008.

    What insurance policies fall under the mandate of Ryan’s Law?
    At this time, coverage is clear for two types of policies:

    1. Policies for South Carolina state employees, and
    2. Group policies with more than 50 employees that are written in South Carolina and are not “self-insured” policies.

    However, it is worth pursuing coverage with any insurance company because clarification of Ryan’s Law is still progressing.

    How do I approach my insurance company?

    We suggest that you fill out this form before calling your insurance company about coverage.  For assistance, contact Hope Reach at 864-476-7400.

     


    BabyNet


    BabyNet is South Carolina's interagency early intervention system for infants and toddlers under three years of age with developmental delays or conditions associated with developmental delays. BabyNet is funded and regulated through the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act and managed through South Carolina First Steps to School Readiness.

    Anyone (a parent, doctor, caregiver, teacher or friend) can make a referral by contacting babynet@scfirsteps.org or calling 1-877-621-0865.

    Children who have received ABA line therapy from their current ABA provider for a minimum of 30 days prior to the child’s third birthday will be able to transition into the PDD Waiver without a break in services. However, to do so, the child’s Early Interventionist must request this transition when the child reaches 33 months of age.

    Click here for more information.

     


    PDD Waiver


    The PDD (Pervasive Development Disability Waiver) provides funding for Applied Behavior Analysis services for a designated number of children with autism in South Carolina. To receive PDD Waiver funding, you must apply through the South Carolina Department of Disabilities and Special Needs (DDSN). There is currently a waiting list for PDD Waiver slots.

    Who is eligible for the PDD Waiver?  The PDD Waiver covers children from age 3 through age 10, who receive a diagnosis of a PDD (includes autism, PDD- NOS, and Asperger’s Syndrome) by the age of 8.

    How do I apply for the PDD Waiver? Talk to your service coordinator to walk you through this process. If you do not have a service coordinator, call us at 864-476-7400. Click here for more information about the PDD Waiver.

     


    Private Insurance


    Under Ryan’s Law, certain South Carolina insurance companies must cover Applied Behavior Analysis services.

    What insurance policies fall under the mandate of Ryan’s Law?

    At this time, coverage is clear for two types of policies:

    1. Policies for South Carolina state employees, and
    2. Group policies with more than 50 employees that are written in South Carolina and are not “self-insured” policies.

    However, we encourage the pursuit of coverage with any insurance company because clarification of Ryan’s Law is still progressing.

    We suggest that you fill out this form before calling your insurance company about coverage.  For assistance, contact Hope Reach at 864-476-7400.


    Other Waivers


    The South Carolina Department of Disabilities and Special Needs (DDSN) provides two main Medicaid Waivers to fund services for individuals with developmental and intellectual disabilities:

    • ID/RD Waiver (Intellectual Disabilities/Related Disabilities) and
    • Community Supports Waiver.

    To receive a Medicaid waiver, individuals with disabilities must receive a Level of Care determination that states that the individual requires the level of care given in an Intermediate Care Facility for the Mentally Retarded (ICF/MR). Services funded by the waivers include, but are not limited to:

    • Behavior Supports Services; LINK to our Behavior Supports Services info
    • Day Supports, including Day Activity services, Career Preparation, and Employment Services;
    • Respite Care;
    • Psychological Services;
    • Nursing Service; and
    • Specialized Equipment.

    Of these, Project HOPE Foundation currently offers Behavior Supports Services. ID/RD Waiver participants receive approval for this funding every 5 years. Community Supports Waiver participants receive an approval for funding every 3 years, and Community Supports services cannot exceed $10,986 per year. A Service Coordinator can help interested individuals and families apply for services and learn more about available funding. Service Coordination is provided by each county as well as by private service coordination providers. To request information regarding waivers or service coordination, contact your local county board or the South Carolina Autism Society.

    Greenville County Disabilities and Special Needs Board: 864-281-3960 Charles Lea Center (Spartanburg county): 864-472-7461 Laurens County Disabilities and Special Needs Board: 864-984-0355 South Carolina Autism Society: 803-750-6988

    Click here for more information regarding Adult Waiver Services.

  • Staff



    Highly Trained Staff

    The Hope Reach staff is comprised of over 80 individuals dedicated to helping children on the autism spectrum. The clinical staff is headed up by 8 Board Certified Behavior Analysts (BCBAs) and in addition, lead and line therapists work with children day to day. The administrative staff provides support to the clinical staff and families by scheduling, billing, communicating, and assisting with the intake process.

    To review the training qualifications for our therapists, visit our training page

    If you are interested in joining this talented staff, please visit our employment page.



    Leadership

    Mark Knight
    Program Director and Clinical Supervisor
    Mark graduated with honors from Woodruff High School in 1994.  He graduated from Wofford College in 1998 with a bachelor’s degree in Psychology.

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    Scott Braud
    Senior Supervisor
    Scott Braud joined Hope Reach in May 2008. He has worked with children with autism since 1999. His first experience occurred in college as a volunteer ABA therapist …

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    Case Supervisors


    Kimberly Hill


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    Meghan Pangborn


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    Kevin Loeb


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    Anna Craft


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    Joe Clarey


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    Allison Petralia


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    Bethany Welborn


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    Lead Therapists     Line Therapists



    Administrative Staff

     

     

     

     

     

     

     
    Beth Moore 
    Intake 
    Coordinator
     
    Candace Morris 
    Community
    Liaison
     
    Angie Peterson 
    Funding
    Coordinator
     
    Stephanie Derrick 
    Scheduling
    Coordinator
     
    Katie Lemieux 
    Scheduling
    Coordinator
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