Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Preliminary Reports from the Children's Autism Waiver

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services approved Montana’s new autism home and community-based services waiver for children (Children's Autism Waiver) to become effective January 1, 2009. The new waiver will initially serve about 40- 45 children diagnosed with autism who are at least 15 months through age four when enrolled into the waiver. Enrollment will be limited to a maximum three-year period at an average cost of $40,000 per year per child. Services include 20-25 hours per week of intensive in-home habilitation training by a children’s autism trainer, respite, waiver-funded children’s case management, adaptive equipment/environmental modification, occupational therapy, physical therapy, speech therapy, transportation, individual goods and services, and program design and monitoring for children. Attached are the Preliminary Report on Child Outcomes in Montana’s Childhood Autism Waiver and the Executive Summary. "These data underscore the projections that agencies are making that between 10% and 20% of the children who have participated in the CAW will be able to attend general education services without support.

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