The Autism Waiver began in July, 2009. A person eligible for the Autism Waiver must be at least three years of age and not more than 18 years of age and be living in the community, with family. The child must have a diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder as defined in the most recent edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, American Psychiatric Association; pervasive developmental disorder, not otherwise specified; childhood disintegrative disorder, and Rett’s Syndrome. Additional criteria for Autism Waiver eligibility include the child experiences behavioral, and/or social or communication deficits that: Require supervision which makes it difficult for the family to provide care in the home, and interfere with the child participating in activities in the community. The child shall have been determined to meet ICF/MR level of care and have a determination by a Division of DD Regional Office that the person’s needs for Autism Waiver services can be met at an annual cost that will not exceed $22,000.
The Autism Waiver includes one new service, Behavior Analysis Service that is not already available in one or more of the other Division of DD HCBS waivers. Behavior Analysis Service has three components: Senior Behavior Consultant, Behavior Intervention Specialist, and Functional Behavior Assessment.
In the Autism Waiver no more than 150 persons can be served at any given time.