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N.D. Autism Services

Welcome. The Autism Services Unit of the N.D. Department of Human Services' website is intended to provide information to parents and professionals on the state of service delivery and supports for those with autism and their families in North Dakota. Your input and content suggestions are welcome.

Autism Spectrum Disorder Waiver

North Dakota's Autism Spectrum Disorder Waiver Amendment has been approved by the federal government. Individuals with questions should contact the department at 701-328-8912, toll free 800-755-2719, ND Relay TTY 800-366-6888, or dhsautism@nd.gov.

APPLICATION for N.D. Autism Waiver (posted July 1, 2014)

Fact Sheet: Autism Services (posted June 2014)

Autism Spectrum Disorder Voucher

Application for Autism Spectrum Disorder Services Voucher (posted July 2014)

Who Qualifies ?

Children diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder and who are not currently involved in a Medicaid waiver program, and whose families have gross incomes up to 200% of the Federal Poverty Level, may qualify and can apply.

Autism Voucher Program Qualifying Annual Household Incomes (July 1, 2014)

For households with more than 8 people, add $8,120 for each additional person.


March 12, 2015 - Autism Training mini-grants are available NOW.

March 5, 2015 - Senate Bill 2012: Autism Services Division Overview and Budget Testimony (House Appropriations - Human Resources Division

Save the Date - Second Annual N.D. Autism Spectrum Disorders Conference - Oct. 21-23, 2015 - Ramada Plaza Suites, Fargo, N.D. Check back for future details.

Oct. 7, 2014 - N.D. State Autism Conference offers training Oct. 20-22 for medical professionals, parents, service providers, first responders, and others

Aug. 28, 2014 - Trisha Page of the N.D. Dept. of Human Services Autism Services Unit testified before the legislature's Human Services Committee on the autism spectrum disorder voucher program pilot project. (Testimony)

July 22, 2014 - JoAnne Hoesel of the N.D. Department of Human Services and Chairperson of the N.D. Autism Spectrum Disorder Task Force, testified before the legislature's Human Services Committee about the status of the state plan on autism spectrum disorders. (Testimony)

July 1, 2014 - Autism Spectrum Disorder Services Voucher Program becomes available

June 24, 2014 - Autism Spectrum Disorder Task Force met June 30, 2014 via video conference sites.

May 27, 2014 - The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) approved North Dakota's Autism Spectrum Disorder waiver amendment. It takes effect June 1, 2014.


NEW Information and Forms for Autism Service Providers

Autism Diagnostic Clinics

Autism Spectrum Disorder Task Force


Autism Spectrum Disorders - what are they?

Autism Spectrum Disorders are developmental disorders that cause significant impairments in the areas of:

  • Socialization
  • Learning
  • Communication
  • Behavior
  • Play Skills

These deficits can lead to serious behaviors and interfere with daily living.

Characteristics do not usually manifest until between one and three years old and symptoms and level of impairments vary widely.

Autism Spectrum Disorders Evidence-Based Practices - What are they?

The National Professional Development Center on Autism Spectrum Disorders (NPCD-ASD) at the FPG Child Development Institute has published a report: Evidence-Based Practices for Children, Youth, and Young Adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder (2014) that can be found online at http://autismpdc.fpg.unc.edu/content/ebp-update.

In 2010, NPDC conducted a review of the literature (from 1997-2007) on autism spectrum disorders and identified 24 evidence-based practices. The center has updated the review, screening about 29,000 articles about autism spectrum disorders to identify the soundest research on interventions for children from birth to age 22.

The new report identifies 27 focused intervention practices that provide a solid, empirical basis on which to design programs for children and youth with autism spectrum disorders.

The evidence-based categories are:

  • Antecedent-Based Intervention (ABI)
  • Cognitive Behavioral Intervention (CBI)
  • Differential Reinforcement of Alternative, Incompatible, or Other Behavior (DRI/DRA/DRO)
  • Discrete Trial Teaching (DTT)
  • Exercise (ECE)
  • Extinction (EXT)
  • Functional Behavior Assessment (FBA)
  • Functional Communication Training (FCT)
  • Modeling (MD)
  • Naturalistic Intervention (NI)
  • Parent-Implemented Intervention (PII)
  • Peer-Mediated Instruction and Intervention (PMII)
  • Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS)
  • Pivotal Response Training (PRT)
  • Prompting (PP)
  • Reinforcement (R+)
  • Response Interruption/Redirection (RIR)
  • Scripting (SC)
  • Self-Management (SM)
  • Social Narratives (SN)
  • Social Skills Training (SST)
  • Structured Play Group (SPG)
  • Task Analysis (TA)
  • Technology-Aided Instruction and Intervention (TAII)
  • Time Delay (TD)
  • Video Modeling (VM)
  • Visual Support (VS)


Autism Services Division
Trisha Page, State Autism Coordinator
N.D. Department of Human Services
1237 W. Divide Avenue, Suite 1C
Bismarck, ND 58501-1208

Phone: 701-328-8912
Toll Free: 800-755-2719
ND Relay TTY: 800-366-6888
Fax: 701-328-8969
Email: dhsautism@nd.gov


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