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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


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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