State infant/toddler program policies for eligibility and services provision for young children with autism

Aubyn Stahmer, David S. Mandell

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Abstract

The importance of early developmental and behavioral treatment for children with autism is increasingly recognized. Little is known, however, about early intervention policies that may affect service delivery to these children. The current study describes states' policies for providing early intervention services to children with Autistic Spectrum Disorders under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act Part C and examines how Part C policies are associated with the proportion of school-age children diagnosed with autism served under IDEA. Results indicate few consistencies among states in policies and practices regarding the identification and care of infants and toddlers with autism. The implications of state variation for policy makers are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)29-37
Number of pages9
JournalAdministration and Policy in Mental Health and Mental Health Services Research
Volume34
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2007

Keywords

  • Autism
  • Early intervention
  • Infant mental health
  • Part C
  • State agencies

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Phychiatric Mental Health
  • Health Policy
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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