Indiana’s plan to improve conditions for those with autism has been outlined in the Indiana State Comprehensive Plan for Individuals with ASD (DOWNLOAD)
Each action item noted under the goals below represent the priority action within these goal areas, as determined by the IIACC and workgroups. Other action items are also being addressed (see full Plan) but the priority areas enable a systematic and progressive approach towards stated action items.
Goals from the State Plan
Goal 1: Indiana Interagency Autism Coordinating Council. HANDS in Autism® facilitates and coordinates the Indiana Interagency Autism Coordinating Council, as well as manages data collection and activities. HANDS reports on the status of services reflected in the Comprehensive State Plan.
Goal 2: Family and Professional Partnerships. To create the opportunity for all individuals with ASD and families to be supported by healthcare professionals who will listen and provide input. Medical professionals will develop a plan to address concerns with attention to access and coordinating care during services.
Priority Action : Identify committees and boards related to ASD as well as SOC and medical home initiatives that exhibit representation of leaders in ASD
Goal 3: Early and Continuous Developmental and Medical Screening for ASD. To ensure service providers and families are knowledgeable of universal early screening, as well as the signs to identify ASD. Diagnosis would follow with a plan to refer individuals to coordinated service systems.
Priority Action: Identify and develop list of options available for the awareness/training of med students, residents, physicians in early screening and identification in general and specifically with regards to family practitioners, nurse practitioners and physician assistants
Goal 4: Access to ASD Health, Mental, Education, and Social Services For Individuals with ASD. For individuals with ASD to have access to integrated health, mental health, education and social services provided by qualified providers throughout their lives.
Priority Action: Develop a comprehensive list and set of annotated data of waiver providers, case managers, and other providers with info about expertise and payment structures
Goal 5: Successful Youth Transition to Adult Services, Work, and Independence. To ensure families and providers understand what is needed for the planning of successful transitions.
Priority Action: Identify and make available a standard set of information to disseminate across families, medical & school personnel, and individuals (middle to HS) to improve understanding about the transition process.
Goal 6: Adequate Public / Private Insurance for All Affected by ASD. To identify standards for accessible and affordable private and public insurance coverage for the entire life of an individual with ASD, as well as other mental health conditions.
Priority Action: Propose standard promulgated for oversight and enforcement of appropriate implementation of clinical services to IN policy makers and with suggested enforcement by legal/regulatory requirements.
Goal 7: Justice System & Public Safety. To ensure justice personnel, related agencies and families are knowledgeable about signs of ASD, strategies for interaction and supports.
Priority Action: Identify standard amount, topics, and formats needed for mandatory statewide training of first responders and judiciary personnel.
Goal 8: Culturally Responsive Implementation. Evaluation, development, and implementation of a culturally responsive infrastructure within systems, supports, and services for ASD in Indiana to address the increasing diversity and support greater outcomes and equity.