All requests for services must be initiated through the Department of Mental Health Regional/Satellite Offices. For the Southeast region, that would include Poplar Bluff and Sikeston regional offices. Visit the DD Regional Office map to locate your regional office and contact information based on your county of residence.
To be eligible for Autism Project services, an individual must be eligible to receive services from the Division of Development Disabilities and have a diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder. Before requesting Autism project services, it is highly recommended that individuals compile any documentation they may have regarding the applicants conditions. Recommended documentation includes:
- Documentation of professional and clinical assessment(s) and recommendations—including autism diagnosis if available;
- Evaluations, education plans, and other related educational documentation that identifies challenges or recommendations;
- An assessment for intervention planning from the diagnosing clinician. (An assessment for intervention planning is described in Autism Spectrum Disorders: Missouri Best Practices Guidelines for Screening, Diagnosis, and Assessment.
- Other relevant information that will allow staff to coordinate services that are individualized and targeted to the needs of the applicant and family.