Autism and Pervasive Developmental Disorders

On Sept. 23, 2016, Gov. Brown signed AB 796 into law, which amends California’s Lanterman Developmental Disabilities Services Act. Under that law, every health care service plan contract and health insurance policy issued in California must provide coverage for behavioral health treatment for pervasive developmental disorder or autism until Jan. 1, 2017. This new legislation simply deletes the sunset date in the Lanterman Act and extends the operation of these provisions indefinitely, thereby creating a new state-mandated program that will provide services for people with developmental disabilities, including autism.

AB 796 is effective Jan. 1, 2017.

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