A Message from Mass Advocates for Children

A MESSAGE FROM MASSACHUSETTS ADVOCATES FOR CHILDREN

For a short and limited time period, the Department of Developmental
Service’s (DDS) Autism Division will be conducting a new application process
for parents of young children with autism to apply for the Children’s Autism
Waiver Program.

The open application period is currently planned for September 1-September
13. The Autism Division anticipates that initially approximately 60
additional children may be eligible for the Waiver during this new
application period. The Children’s Autism Medicaid Waiver program provides
up to $25,000 worth of services per year of intensive in-home services (such
as ABA and DIR/Floor Time) for children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD)
and other services that will support children who are from low-income
families in their homes and communities. The program is limited to children
between the ages of 0-8 who are Medicaid eligible and at risk of
institutionalization now or at some point in the future.

With the limited time to get the word out to families and providers, we hope
you can start identifying families and informing them about the Waiver and
the process for applying. The one page application for families to submit
should be available soon on the DDS website (translated into different
languages) www.mass.gov/dds [If the link does not work, please paste it into
your browser.]

Remember even families that you know are on the current wait list for the
Waiver need to re-apply, so please contact all families that you think may
benefit from this important program.

With your help we hope to identify and reach the families in need of these
services.

Thanks for all your help in this matter.

Johanne Pino
Project Coordinator
Massachusetts Advocates for Children
25 Kingston St. 2nd Floor
Boston, MA 02111
(P) 617-357-8431×234
(F) 617-357-8438
jpino@massadvocates.org
www.massadvocates.org

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