There are more than 24,000 children youth and young adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) under the age of 21 on Minnesota state programs. ASD is the fastest-growing developmental disability in the United States. In 2015, Minnesota created the Early Intensive Developmental and Behavioral Intervention (EIDBI) benefit. The benefit provides early intervention for children, youth and young adults with ASD and related conditions under the age of 21. The benefit promotes children’s independence and participation in family, school and community life. If you are working with a family that may benefit from EIDBI services, use the Pathway to EIDBI Services for Families online tool to find an EIDBI provider or make a referral to EIDBI services.
A comprehensive multi-disciplinary evaluation (CMDE) is required to determine medical necessity and eligibility for EIDBI services. This evaluation is similar to a diagnostic assessment, but brings together input and expertise from multiple professionals across disciplines. Since pediatricians are often the first point of contact for families, having more pediatricians enrolled to complete the evaluation will help increase access to medically necessary early intervention services.
The number of CMDE providers in the state has grown but there is still a huge need for more enrolled providers. To be an eligible CMDE provider, you must be a licensed physician, advanced practice registered nurse (APRN) or mental health professional with experience in the evaluation or treatment of people with ASD and/or related conditions. Pediatricians can make a difference. If you are interested in enrolling as a CMDE provider, contact ASD.DHS@state.mn.us
The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends ASD screenings to be part of all 18 and 24-month well-child checkups. By conducting ASD-specific screenings, enrolling as a CMDE provider, or making the referral to one, you can change the trajectory of a child’s life and help ensure the best possible outcomes. Refer to the MN Department of Health’s Child and Teen Checkup Fact Sheet for Primary Care Providers on Developmental, Social-Emotional and ASD Screening in Early Childhood for more information and screening guidelines.
Pathway to Services and Supports
Minnesota state agencies developed the Pathway to Services and Supports / Minnesota Autism Portal (mn.gov) resources to provide information on services and supports available in Minnesota for children, youth and young adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). The Pathway resources help healthcare providers, care coordinators and other professionals assist families in determining which potential services and supports are right for them. For more information, visit the MN Autism Resource Portal or contact ASD.DHS@state.mn.us