Children with autism spectrum disorders

The 2013 Minnesota legislature passed a law that creates a new autism early intensive intervention benefit for children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) from birth to 18 years of age (Minn. Stat. 256B.0949). The purpose of this benefit is to provide autism-specific, medically necessary, early intensive interventions through a multi-disciplinary diagnostic process.

The goal of this benefit is to develop effective diagnostic assessment and developmentally appropriate treatment as well as progress monitoring, parent support and education to ensure best possible outcomes and quality of life for children with ASD and their families. The new benefit recognizes that one treatment approach does not fit all children.

A study is required to determine which treatment approach, in what dosage and at what age, works best for children.

News and events

ASD advisory council meeting

The council meeting is May 22, 2014, from 3 to 5 p.m. at the DHS Elmer L. Andersen building in Room 2370.

ASD advisory council meeting minutes Jan. 21, 2014 (PDF)
ASD advisory council meeting minutes Oct. 22, 2013 (PDF)

Focus groups

ASD advocate focus group meeting minutes Feb. 18, 2014 (PDF)
ASD parent focus group meeting minutes Feb. 11, 2014 (PDF)

ASD clinical/professional focus group meeting Feb. 27, 2014 (PDF)

ASD clinical/professional focus group meeting Jan. 13, 2014 (PDF)

Pathways to Services to Children with ASD

DHS developed an information sheet to help families learn about what services are available and how to find them for children with autism spectrum disorders.

Reports related to autism available

Minneapolis Somali Autism Spectrum Disorder Prevalence Project Community Report 2013 (PDF) was completed by the University of Minnesota to determine if more Somali children had ASD than non-Somali children in Minneapolis in 2010.

Report on Early Intervention Services for Minnesota's Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders, Dec. 31, 2012. The ASD Advisory Council provided input to the report that was completed by the University of Minnesota under a contract with DHS and examines early intervention services for children with autism spectrum disorder.

Autism Spectrum Disorders: Report to the Minnesota Commissioner of Human Services, Feb. 13, 2013, (PDF).The 2012 Minnesota legislature asked the Health Services Advisory Council to recommend best practices in coverage for evidence-based treatments for people with autism spectrum disorders. (Omnibus Health and Human Services Bill, Chapter 247, Section 26).

The Study on Housing with Supports for Children with Severe Autism, Jan. 20. 2013, (PDF) was completed by the University of Minnesota under a contract with DHS and takes a comprehensive look at housing and service options currently available as well as best practices.

The Autism Spectrum Disorder Task Force Strategic Plan Report, December 2012 (PDF). This report includes a brief introduction, a three- to five-year vision for the state and broad strategies for achieving that vision. The 2011 Minnesota legislature created the Minnesota Autism Spectrum Disorder Task Force to develop an autism spectrum disorder statewide strategic plan that focuses on improving awareness, early diagnosis and intervention by Jan. 15, 2013.

The Report of the Minnesota Senate Autism Task Force, Jan. 15, 2011, (PDF) includes recommendations on ways to improve, fund and coordinate services. The Minnesota Senate Autism Task Force ended on June 30, 2011.

Sign up for the autism spectrum disorder electronic mailing list

The autism spectrum disorder mailing list is the main way to share information about recent developments and updates to the ASD Web content.

More information

Email questions to DHS autism spectrum disorders.

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