Resources and information for Autism in Montana.
If you missed the program on TV you can watch it on PBS
4th annual autism spring conference held in Missoula
Montana’s Part C Infant and Toddler Early Intervention Program of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) focuses upon infants and toddlers, aged birth to 3, with disabilities and their families.
University of Montana programs:
- Pediatric Autism Communication Clinic (PACC)
- Mentoring, Organization and Social Support for Autism Inclusion on Campus, or MOSSAIC assists college students on the autism spectrum. MOSSAIC matches peer mentors, who are juniors and seniors in the UM Department of Communicative Sciences and Disorders, with mentees who are on the autism spectrum or have similar disorder, and need assistance. Mentors work with students to develop academic-related skills such as planning, organization, social support, advocacy and prioritization that are necessary for student success.
Download MOSSAIC Brochure PDF.
Montana Children’s Autism Waiver (CAW)
The Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services administers the Montana Children’s Autism Waiver, or CAW. Information and application forms are available online at http://dphhs.mt.gov/dsd/developmentaldisabililities/DDPcawwaiver
MT 0208 waiver
The Montana Home and Community-Based Services Waiver (also known as the “0208 Comprehensive Waiver”) for Individuals with Developmental Disabilities is in effect through June 30, 2018. It provides a variety of support services for children, youth and adults, including those diagnosed on the autism spectrum.
For information about these services in your area, contact your local Developmental Disabilities Services program. A current directory is available online at: http://mtcdd.org/directory-of-services/ See the PROGRAM OFFICE section on pages 3-10 for an office near you.
Additional information about this program is available at: http://dphhs.mt.gov/dsd/developmentaldisabilities/DDPmedicaidwaivers
The approval letter from the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services is available at: http://dphhs.mt.gov/Portals/85/dsd/documents/DDP/Waivers/0208ComprehensiveWaiver/0208ComprehensiveWaiverServiceLetterofApproval.pdf
Effective January 1, 2010 the so-called “Brandon’s Bill” became effective in Montana. “Brandon’s Bill” (2009 Montana Senate Bill #234) requires insurers to cover up to $50,000 annually for a child with autism 8 years of age or younger and $20,000 annually for a child between the ages of 9 and 18.
If you have questions about insurance coverage for autism or Asperger’s, please contact the state insurance commissioner’s office at 444-5239 and ask to speak with a Compliance Specialist.
- FAQ on Brandon’s Bill (Word)
- Advisory Memo from Montana Commissioner of Insurance explaining the benefits required under Senate Bill 234 (aka “Brandon’s Bill”) http://opi.mt.gov/sandbox/users/dougdoty/weblog/aeda0/attachments/547aa/Brandon%27s%20Bill%20-%20Memo%20from%20Insurance%20Commissinoer.pdf?sessionID=e575970b0ed25e64454d1878bb0aed79d12d331b
Draft Montana State Autism Plan
The draft Montana State Autism Plan is a dynamic document used to guide policy and practice discussions. It is not “final” or definitive. This plan represents a consensus standard to assist in decision making and to demonstrate a level of key stakeholder agreement on issues related to autism spectrum disorders and related disabilities. This plan attempts to incorporate current ideas and policy directions from family, consumer, state agency and provider sources. It is a beginning—not an end. To provide feedback or suggestions regarding the plan, please email: MtAutism@mso.umt.edu