Washington Autism Alliance & Advocacy
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Our advocates are specially trained to connect families with information, resources and funding opportunities.

*Please note that with the exception of attorney Mira Posner, WAAA’s Advocate Team are not attorneys and any information they provide is not a substitute for specific legal advice.*

WAAA’s Advocate Team comes from a variety of educational backgrounds and have deep roots in the Autism Community of Washington. They have experience with multiple insurance systems and receive training to provide appeals support.

WAAA’s Advocate Team is waiting to assist you with Insurance discovery, letter writing assistance, appeals assistance and will connect you with a low cost or pro-bono attorney at WAAA when the appeals process has been exhausted.

Please read their full bio’s to learn more about them.


Mira Posner – Staff Attorney

Ms. Posner has been working with Washington Autism Alliance and Advocacy since the fall of 2013 to provide free legal advice to families appealing insurance denials of coverage for treatments for autism. Ms. Posner’s legal background includes READ MIRA’S FULL BIO

Trish Thrush

Trish Thrush –  Region 1 Insurance Advocate; Statewide Advocacy & Resource Team Leader

Trish serves as a point of contact in helping parents with emotional support, guidance for complex autism needs, assistance to access services, providers and connects families to WAAA family supports network of other caring mentors.  READ TRISH’S FULL BIO

WAAA profile Jessica EdwardsJessica Edwards – Region 2 Insurance Advocate & Family Support

Jessica has a background in insurance billing and coding and has been on the administrative side of the healthcare industry for over fifteen years. Jessica is dedicated to those who were not insured, underinsured, or denied coverage.  She has found alternative ways of funding for care through State and Federal Programs,… READ JESSICA’S FULL BIO

Melanie S.Melanie Streight- King County DDA & Mental Health Family Support

Melanie has been supporting children, adolescents and young adults with exceptional needs through the Center for Human Services and was previously with Kindercare. Melanie has been training state agency personnel on the wraparound process and presents the parent perspective nationally at the positive behavior supports association. READ MELANIE’S FULL BIO

Accepting applications for SW Washington Insurance Advocate

Carmen Profile

Carmen McCoy-Williams – Region 3 Insurance Advocate & Family Support

Carmen is an experienced advocacy and resource coordinator, her many diverse experiences include an internship in social services and activities coordination at Bethany of NW and a FRC assistance at Kindering Center.  She is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in social services at WSU.READ CARMEN’S FULL BIO

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4 Responses to Find an advocate

  1. Chelsey Ekstrom says:

    I live in Clark county and am having trouble getting ABA funding from insurance, they are not offering it now or for the next year. The company is self insured, who should I contact for assistance in the SW WA area? Thanks!

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