Who to bill?
Children with ASD diagnosis are eligible to receive funding from the Autism Funding Branch (AFB) of the Ministry of Children and Family Development (MCFD).
As a service provider, we bill the Ministry directly for all services.
Parents with undiagnosed children can pay directly for services and get reimbursed by their insurance/extended benefits provider.
Funding breakdown for children under the age of 6 years
Children with ASD under the age of 6 years are eligible for $22,000 in funding per year in BC, of which 20% can be used to buy materials and equipment for the child.
The AFU recommends that parents authorize 50%-80% of the funding to the service provider as a start then increase the authorization as they go along.
If, nearing the end of the funding cycle, (best practice is about 3-4 months in advance) the parents calculate that they will not be spending all of the 20% set aside for equipment and materials, they should authorize any remaining amounts to the service provider to make the best use of the funding in providing services to the child as any remaining funds don’t carry over to the next funding cycle and will be purged if not used for services or equipment purchase.
As a conscientious service provider, FLC endeavors to provide a consistent schedule to its clients based on the funding available so as not to over-schedule thus asking the parents to pay out of pocket, or under-schedule and waste the child’s funding.