An Important Message to Massachusetts Families With Children Under Age 9 Diagnosed with an Autism Spectrum Disorder
Open Registration October 17th, 2017 to October 31st, 2017
The Autism Division of the Department of Developmental Services (DDS) runs a Autism Waiver Program that provides one-to-one interventions to help children with autism who exhibit severe behavior, social and communication problems through a service called Expanded Habilitation, Education (intensive in-home services and supports). This service occurs in the child’s home or other natural settings under the supervision of trained clinical staff and is available for a total of three years. The waiver also provides related support services such as community integration activities and respite. At the conclusion of the three years of intensive services, a child may access supplemental services that meet the child’s needs and help with the transition out of the intensive Autism Waiver Program until the child’s 9th birthday.
The Waiver is now able to serve 385children and while the Autism Waiver Program is near capacity at this time, there are always children who leave the Program because they turn 9 or for other reasons. Therefore, we want a current applicant pool to draw from when these spots become available for the Program. Therefore, the Autism Division is offering an opportunity to apply for the waiver through an open request application period. The Autism Division held its last open request registration in October, 2016. The open request period runs from October 17th - October 31st. Please be sure to MAIL or EMAIL the application between October 17th and October 31st. The Autism Division will discard submissions outside of this timeframe. If you submitted an application during the last open request application period in October 2016, YOU MUST RESUBMIT AN APPLICATION FOR 2017.
This Autism Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) Waiver Program is designed to provide services to help children with autism remain in their homes and actively participate in their families and their communities. This Autism Waiver provides one-to-one behavioral, social and communication based interventions through a service called Expanded Habilitation, Education. The service consists of one-to-one interventions developed and monitored by a trained clinician and is carried out in the child's home and community. The Waiver Program can also provide related support services such as community integration activities and respite when needed.