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Autism Meet and Greet at CAMP HARKNESS

Sunday, May 31, 2015 12pm-4pm

RESCHEDULED ADVISORY COUNCIL MEETING - Wednesday, March 11, 2015 (10am - 12pm)

3/11/15 Agenda

Medicaid Plan to Cover Autism Services Regulations Posted. 

Effective January 1, 2015, the Department of Social Services will expand its coverage of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) evaluation and treatment services for Medicaid enrolled members (HUSKY A, C, or D) under the age of 21 for whom ASD services are medically necessary.  Individuals eligible for ASD evaluation and treatment services must be enrolled in Medicaid (HUSKY A, C, or D) and under the age of 21. In order for an individual to receive treatment services, he or she must have a comprehensive diagnostic evaluation that recommends ASD services based on an ASD diagnosis consistent with the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual for Mental Disorder (DSM 5) definition of Autism Spectrum Disorder.

The Department is adopting new regulations governing payment for ASD services provided to Medicaid members under age twenty-one. The Department proposes to amend the Regulations of Connecticut State Agencies and plans to implement the proposed regulation in draft form.   

Procedure for Submitting Comments on the Proposed Regulation

Written comments regarding these regulations may be submitted via email: to  or may be mailed to the Department of Social Services, Office of Legal Counsel, Regulations and Administrative Hearings, 55 Farmington Avenue, Hartford, Connecticut, 06105, Attention: Brenda Parrella, Director.  When submitting correspondence, please reference “Regulation Number 14-07 – Autism Spectrum Disorder Services.”

Deadline for Submitting Comments

Public comments must be submitted during the period from January 9, 2015 through February 9, 2015, inclusive.  

Public Hearing for the Proposed Regulation

In addition to submitting written comments in accordance with the procedures described above, all interested persons who wish to present their views, questions, or concerns regarding these regulations may also do so at a public hearing to be held on Tuesday, February 10, 2015 from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. in Conference Room 1011 on the First Floor, at the Department of Social Services, 55 Farmington Avenue, Hartford, Connecticut 06105. 

Procedure(s) for obtaining copies of the proposed regulations and the fiscal note

A copy of the complete text of this regulation and the fiscal note are available, at no cost, upon request from the Office of Legal Counsel, Regulations and Administrative Hearings, Department of Social Services, 55 Farmington Avenue, Hartford, Connecticut 06105; email:  A copy of the complete text of this regulation is also available online at ; select “Publications,” then select “Policies and Regulations,” then select “Notices of Intent, Operational Policies, and Proposed Regulations,” then select “Autism Spectrum Disorder Services”.

Parent-Led Intervention May Lower Kids’ Autism Risk

Training parents to enhance social interactions with their infant children may reduce the likelihood that kids at risk for autism will ultimately develop the disorder, researchers say.

Medicaid Plan to Cover Autism Services Drafted.   

At a meeting of the Autism Spectrum Disorder Council today, the Department of Social Services and the Department of Developmental Services presented an initial draft pan to provide Medicaid coverage for the treatment of Autism Spectrum Disorders for children under the age of 21.  The initial draft will be available on DDS’ Division of Autism Spectrum Services website and public comment is encouraged.  Comments and feedback on the plan can by submitted via e-mail to:




Legislative Program Review and Investigations Committee Study on Transitional Services for Youth and Young Adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder- SURVEY

Please return applications to:
Department of Developmental Services
Division of Autism Spectrum Services
Attention: Early Childhood Autism Waiver
460 Capitol Avenue
Hartford, CT  06106

The Department of Developmental Services Division of Autism Spectrum Services has been approved for an Early Childhood Autism Waiver.  The Early Childhood Autism Waiver is designed to serve young children aged three and four who are diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder and who have significant impairments in adaptive behaviors as well as severe maladaptive behaviors.  Services are designed to improve skills in receptive and expressive communication, social interaction and activities of daily living, while reducing the inappropriate or problematic behaviors often associated with autism, using methodologies based on Applied Behavioral Analysis.
The Early Childhood Autism Waiver will initially serve 30 children at a cost cap of $30,000 per child per year.  Services will include 10 hours of intensive behavioral services and two hours of clinical supervision per week.
To be eligible for the waiver children must be between the ages of three and 4.6 years of age and be Medicaid (Husky A&B) eligible. Children must have legal residency in Connecticut.

Young People With Autism More Prone To Obesity
Even at young ages, individuals with autism are far more likely to be obese or overweight than their typically-developing peers, a new study finds.

ASAN Unveils Toolkit for Advocates on Health Care and the Transition to Adulthood
ASAN has prepared a comprehensive toolkit to empower people with disabilities, their families, and other disability advocates to help youth with disabilities manage their own health care as they transition to adulthood.

Validity Of CDC Autism Rates Questioned

With autism numbers rising every few years, some researchers in the field are sharply questioning the reliability of the government statistics.

Limited motor skills in early infancy may be trait of autism
Researchers from Kennedy Krieger Institute in Baltimore, Md., announced findings that provide evidence for reduced grasping and fine motor activity among six-month-old infants with an increased familial risk for autism spectrum disorders (ASD).

Motor skill deficiencies linked to autism severity.

A relationship between motor skill deficiencies and the severity of the symptoms of autism spectrum disorder has been found in very young children.

Child's autism risk accelerates with mother's age over 30
Older parents are more likely to have a child who develops an autism spectrum disorder than are younger parents.

Groups Want Federal Autism Dollars Reallocated - With the nation’s primary autism legislation set to expire soon, some disability advocates are pressing for major changes in the federal government’s approach to the developmental disorder.
By Michelle Diament, April 11, 2014

Prevalence of Autism Spectrum Disorder
Among Children Aged 8 Years
— Autism and Developmental Disabilities Monitoring Network,
11 Sites, United States, 2010


Autism Resources
State Education Resource Center
Website: , click on information resources, click on SERC Resource Materials, then scroll down and click on the link for 'Camps for Exceptional Children'. There will be a list, arranged by town, with description and contact info.

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