Massachusetts Children’s Autism Medicaid Waiver

A MESSAGE FROM MASSACHUSETTS ADVOCATES FOR CHILDREN

SEPTEMBER 20-OCTOBER 1, 2010
New Application Period for Massachusetts Children’s Autism Medicaid Waiver

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.

PLEASE NOTE, DDS HAS NOW DECIDED TO PLAN THE OPEN APPLICATION PERIOD FROM
SEPTEMBER 20-OCTOBER 1, 2010, in order to provide sufficient time for
outreach to families throughout the Commonwealth. The Autism Division
anticipates that approximately 60 additional children will be eligible for
the Waiver program during this initial application period that will last for
approximately 12-18 months.

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.

Remember, application forms MUST be postmarked September 20-October 1
(applications postmarked earlier or later are not eligible).

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
www.massadvocates.org

~melissa @ www.somersetpace.org

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