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. Later amendments added children with related conditions and young adults up to age 21. 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. 

News and events

Minnesota receives federal approval for new autism benefit

DHS received federal approval of the state plan amendment for the new autism benefit (PDF) on March 27, 2015. The approval provides federal funds to match state dollars for the benefit. See the DHS news release.

Over many months, DHS gathered input from the broad and diverse community of Minnesota autism stakeholders. In addition, DHS consulted with local and national experts to define the benefit before asking for federal approval. Additional conversations with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services clarified and helped to refine the benefit.

DHS expects to roll the benefit out this summer. Additional information will be posted on this website as it becomes available.

Pathways to Services to Children with ASD

Before approval of this new benefit, DHS developed an information sheet to help families learn about what services are available now and how to find them for children with autism spectrum disorders. We will update this information sheet after the new services are available. 

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.

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