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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.
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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 advocate focus group meeting minutes Feb. 18, 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.
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The autism spectrum disorder mailing list is the main way to share information about recent developments and updates to the ASD Web content.
Email questions to DHS autism spectrum disorders.
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