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Department of Developmental Services: ASD Services. Goal. To promote & support families’ ability to maintain family member at home To provide information, referral and specialized programs To provide specialized service to address core symptoms of autism. DDS ASD Services.

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department of developmental services asd services
Department of Developmental Services:ASD Services

Goal

  • To promote & support families’ ability to maintain family member at home
  • To provide information, referral and specialized programs
  • To provide specialized service to address core symptoms of autism
dds asd services
DDS ASD Services
  • Children’s Services
  • 33 Family Support Centers – Statewide
  • 10 Culturally Diverse Family Support Centers – Statewide
  • 7 Autism Support Centers – Statewide
  • Autism Waiver
  • DESE-DDS Programs
additional support for families dds
Additional Support for Families (DDS)
  • 7 Regional Autism Support Centers
  • Social Skills and Sensory Based Programs, Vacation Programs, Family Training, Sibling Support Groups
  • New service addition: small group family clinics
  • More than 5,000 children & families annually
  • Information & Referral – 6000 calls/yr
dese dds program
DESE/DDS Program
  • Interagency agreement between the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education and the Department of Developmental Services
  • Major source of support to families through wrap-around services
  • 319 current participants approximately 2/3 with autistic disorder
eligibility
Eligibility

4 types of children’s eligibility

DDS determines eligibility for first three:

  • Global Developmental Delay – birth – 4th birthday
  • Significant Developmental Disability 5- 17th birthday
  • Autism Waiver – Significant Developmental Disability – namely an autism spectrum disorder – ages birth – 8th birthday and meet Level of Care for Intermediate Care Facility for individuals with intellectual disability
  • Autism Division – verification of autism spectrum disorder
  • DDS does not charge fees for any service for children
  • DDS tracks children with significant developmental disabilities but does not track by specific developmental disability
dds autism services waiver
DDS – Autism Services Waiver

Initiated: October 2007; 5 year Renewal: October 2010 Services

  • 1:1 behavioral, social & communication interventions through Expanded Educational Habilitation Services: 6-10 hours per week
  • Community integration activities, respite, family training
  • Home & vehicle modification
  • Expanded Educational Habilitation Services limited to 3 years or until age 9; ancillary supports available until age 9
  • Autism Support Centers & Support Brokers
  • New as of October 2010: OT, PT, Speech Therapy & Behavioral Supports & consultation
  • Participant Directed Service model

Number Served

  • 130 at any point in time - 170/year (unduplicated count)
  • Reserved capacity for 3yr olds
  • 580 applications in 10 days in 2010
  • 1146 applications in 10 days in 2007
funding
Funding

All State Appropriation:

  • Funding in Family Support decreased in FY10 and increased in FY 11, but below FY 09 levels
  • FY08               FY09                FY10 FY11
  • FS             $55,044,228    $55,504,714    $45,681,593 $46,521,184
  • Funding in Autism Division has varied over last few fiscal years; reduced in FY 10 and maintained in FY 11 FY08               FY09                FY10 FY11
  • Autism      $3,277,627      $4,460,244      $4,128,480 $4,128,480
quality management
Quality Management

DDS has robust quality assurance system which includes the following:

  • Licensing or certification of providers
  • Performance Based Objectives
  • The National Core Indicator survey instruments
  • Heller Research on study on Autism Waiver
  • Provider satisfaction surveys
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GAPS
  • Individuals with Higher Functioning Autism and Aspergers are rarely eligible for DDS services
  • Development of services for Higher Functioning Autism and Aspergers individuals
  • Expansion of Autism Waiver both in terms of numbers of children who can participate and an expansion of the age limits
  • The need to develop continuity of services for children – birth – age 17
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