About Support Autism in North Dakota (SAND)
The purpose of this project is to assure that children and youth in ND who have ASD receive early and continuous screening and diagnosis, coordinated care, family support and an infrastructure that supports a comprehensive system of care for their future. Five goals have been developed to align with the six MCHB systems indicators that will guide the work of the SAND project staff:
- Goal 1: By 2014, 75% of ND children and youth will receive quality early and continuous screening services for ASD.
- Goal 2: By 2014, 50% more ND children and youth will receive high quality (gold standard) interdisciplinary diagnostic assessments for ASD.
- Goal 3: By 2014, ND families and professionals will report increased awareness of ASD issues and the services that are available.
- Goal 4: By 2014, 200 ND families of children and youth with ASD who request information and resources will receive family support services that are culturally competent and promote the medical home.
- Goal 5: By 2014, ND will have improved infrastructure (e.g., legislative policy and funding for autism services, state mandated insurance coverage for autism services, public policy directed toward increased ASD services) necessary to provide comprehensive, coordinated health care and related services for children and youth with ASD and other developmental disabilities into adulthood.
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