What is a Licensed Practitioner of the Healing Arts?

A Licensed Practitioner of the Healing Arts (LPHA) in Illinois can be legally defined in several ways. The important definitions for the sake of this blog will be listed, as some definitions are not applicable to autism or ABA therapy services.

  • A clinical psychologist who holds a valid license in the state of practice and is legally authorized under state law or rule to practice as a clinical psychologist, so long as that practice is not in conflict with the Clinical Psychologist Licensing Act
  • A licensed clinical professional counselor possessing a master’s degree who holds a valid license in the state of practice and is legally authorized under state law or rule to practice as a licensed clinical professional counselor, so long as that practice is not in conflict with the Professional Counselor and Clinical Professional Counselor Licensing Act [225 ILCS 107]
  • A clinical social worker possessing a master’s or doctoral degree who holds a valid license in the state of practice and is legally authorized under state law or rule to practice as a social worker, so long as that practice is not in conflict with the Clinical Social Work and Social Work Practice Act.

LPHAs & ABA Therapy

LPHAs are important when it comes to ABA therapy service providers and Medicaid. Many service providers are nationally licensed for Medicaid, with state licensure being an afterthought. If a provider is nationally certified by Medicaid but not certified at the state level, they need to be supervised by an LPHA.

Medicaid treatment plans using ABA therapy and services must be supervised by an LPHA for billing. An LPHA will supervise programs, time, & service professionals and how Medicaid should be billed.

LPHAs are not required to have contact with clients–they simply manage billing and other backend processes. If a billing conflict arises, LPHAs will contact service providers in order to figure out what is going on with a certain expense.

ABA Therapy from IABA Consultants

IABA consultants is now accepting All Kids Medicaid! 

Medicaid Clinic Timeline:

  • Oak Lawn: Current
  • Naperville: May 2022
  • Glenview: Summer 2022
  • Managed Care Plans: Summer 2022

Dates are tentative and may be subject to change.

For details and coverage information, find the location closest to you and give us a call or send us an email.

If you have questions regarding autism treatment, education, or plans to use ABA therapy, we are here for you! Our goal is to make sure no family is turned away due to financial constraints. Our therapy team would love to talk to you. Find the location closest to you and give us a call. We’re here for you.