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Council on Autism Spectrum Disorder Goals & Plan

GOAL (per legislation):

  • To establish a long-term plan for a system of care for individuals with autism spectrum disorder and their families.
  • The Council shall make recommendations and provide leadership in program development regarding matters concerning all levels of autism spectrum disorder services, including, but not limited to:
    • Health care
    • Education
    • Other adult, adolescent, and children’s services

The Council shall:

  1. Assess the current and future impact of autism spectrum disorder on the residents of the State;
  2. Assess the availability of programs and services currently provided for early screening, diagnosis, and treatment of autism spectrum disorder;
  3. Seek additional input and recommendations from stakeholders, including, but not limited to: families, providers, clinicians, institutions of higher education, and those concerned with the health and quality of life for individuals with autism spectrum disorder:
  4. Develop a comprehensive statewide plan for an integrated system of training, treatment, and services for individuals with autism spectrum disorder;
  5. Ensure interagency collaboration as the comprehensive statewide system of care for individuals with autism spectrum disorder is developed and implemented;
  6. Coordinate available resources related to developing and implementing a system of care for individuals with autism spectrum disorder; and
  7. Coordinate State budget requests related to systems of care for individuals with autism spectrum disorder based on the studies and recommendations of the council.