In 2005, Maine decided to undertake a comprehensive assessment and road-mapping project designed to establish a framework for systems change and improved services. Maine’s ASD Project was guided by the 2005 Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) Roadmap, which had 35 recommendations focused on improving access to comprehensive, coordinated health care and related services for children and youth with autism spectrum disorder and other developmental disabilities.
Maine's project was led by the State Development Disabilities Council. Stakeholders included individuals with ASD, family members, private providers, State agencies, and advocacy organizations.
To learn more about Maine's work, contact Nancy Cronin at Nancy.E.Cronin@maine.gov.
Activities and achievements included:
- Distributed over 300 DVDs and supported a train-the trainer curriculum
- Trained over 170 early childhood professionals on screening tools
- Trained over 150 medical professionals on autism screening tools
- Increased developmental screening rates by 98% for the MaineCare (Medicaid) population.
- Over 55 children have benefitted from the new protocols established during year one of the grant between developmental pediatricians and Part-C staff.
- Conducted pilot studies to evaluate the effectiveness of new protocols for early identification and referral to early intervention services. Children enrolled in the pilot completed the diagnostic phase 114% faster than children who did not utilize the new protocols.
To view a presentation on "Lessons Learned from Maine's State Autism Implementation grant",
. Maine's final project report on outcomes and successes can be downloaded
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Maine's resources through SPHARC's search engine,