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DMHC Names Autism Speaks’ Lorri Unumb to Autism Advisory Task Force

February 01, 2012

SACRAMENTO – The California Department of Managed Health Care (DMHC) has named Lorri Unumb, Esq., Autism Speaks vice president for state government affairs, to the Autism Advisory Task Force created under the state’s new autism insurance reform law.

The 18-member task force was created under SB.946, authored by Senate President pro Tem Darrell Steinberg, to develop recommendations regarding medically necessary behavioral health treatments and the qualifications and licensing of providers. SB.946, signed into law by Governor Jerry Brown in October, requires coverage of behavioral health treatments starting in July.

Autism Speaks’ California State Chair Kristin Jacobson also was named to the panel. Unumb and Jacobson played pivotal roles in the enactment of the new law last summer, working closely with Steinberg and other legislative champions in hammering out compromise language.

"I am honored to serve on this task force and to contribute to making California’s autism insurance reform law one of the most effective in the nation,” said Unumb. “Autism Speaks welcomes this opportunity to work with the DMHC.”

The Task Force will focus on:

  • Scientifically validated Interventions that have demonstrated clinical efficacy and measurable treatment outcomes
  • Patient selection, monitoring and duration of therapy
  • Qualifications, training and supervision of providers
  • Provider network adequacy
  • Requirements that unlicensed providers must meet in order to obtain licensure from the state