Children with autism spectrum disorders

The 2013 Minnesota Legislature passed a law to create a new Medical Assistance autism early intensive intervention benefit for children from birth to18 years with autism spectrum disorder .The purpose of the benefit is to provide autism-specific, medically necessary treatment for children, parent training and support to improve long-term outcomes and quality of life for children and their families.

Services will include:

  • Comprehensive Multi-Disciplinary Evaluation (CMDE) that incorporates diagnostic information and other assessments to determine medical necessity for the benefit
  • Intensive intervention treatment options including Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA) and Developmental and Behavioral Interventions (DBI)
  • ABA and DBI intervention supervision including clinical direction and oversight
  • Family/caregiver training and counseling
  • Care consultation that coordinates and develops the care plan in a comprehensive, culturally sensitive, child and family-centered manner
  • Individual Service Plan (ISP) development and monitoring that gathers and summarizes information from the CMDE and other relevant medical, educational and human services and develops the child and family-centered plan of care
  • News and events

    Public comment sought on proposed new benefit for children with autism  

    Public comment is being taken on a proposed Medical Assistance State Plan Amendment allowing a comprehensive early intensive intervention benefit for Minnesota children with autism under age 18. The public comment period runs from 8 a.m. June 2 through 4 p.m. July 2, 2014.

    Questions and comments on the draft plan (PDF) may be sent to DSD Public Comments. DHS must receive comments no later than 4 p.m. CST July 2, 2014, to consider them for the final plan being submitted to the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

    ASD advisory council meeting

    ASD advisory council meeting minutes May 22, 2014 (PDF)
    ASD advisory council meeting minutes March 11, 2014 (PDF)

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

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

    Focus groups

    ASD advocate focus group meeting minutes Feb. 18, 2014 (PDF)
    ASD clinical/professional focus group minutes Feb. 27, 2014 (PDF)
    ASD clinical/professional focus group minutes Jan. 13, 2014 (PDF)
    ASD clinical/professional retreat minutes Sept. 24-25, 2013 (PDF)
    ASD parent focus group meeting minutes Apr. 15,, 2014 (PDF)
    ASD parent focus group meeting minutes Jan. 11, 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.

    Autism spectrum disorders
    Possible signs of ASD

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    Pathways to services for children with ASD
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    Pathways to services for children with ASD (Hmong)

    Pathways to services for children with ASD (Somali)
    Pathways to services for children with ASD (Spanish)
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