Autism Research

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Autism Services and Supports: Impact on Families

Towson University continues to collaborate with Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) and the University of Maryland Baltimore County to study the impacts and state utilization of Medicaid Home and Community-Based Waiver Services (HCBS)  for children, youth, and families affected by autism.

HCBS waiver programs are federal-state partnerships intended to help eligible people receive services they need in their homes and communities rather than in institutions. The goal of waiver programs is to enhance the quality of life and productivity of the individuals receiving the services and their families. Waiver programs vary by state, the needs of the individuals being served, and the funds available. Some states have specific autism waiver programs, while others do not.

We hope our research on the impact of autism services and supports on families will lead to policy changes, a more responsive system of care, and improved supports and services for children and youth with autism and their families.

 Maryland's Autism Waiver

In 2001 the State of Maryland instituted a Medicaid Home and Community-Based Services Waiver for children with autism spectrum disorder. The waiver is administered by the Maryland State Department of Education, Division of Special Education and Early Intervention.