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Department of Human Services - Autism Services

North Dakota Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) Database - To learn more about the North Dakota Department of Health's ASD database, CLICK HERE.

Autism Spectrum Disorder Waiver

For Public Information - North Dakota Revised Preliminary Statewide Transition Plan of the Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) Settings under Medicaid 1915c Waivers (includes technical changes required by CMS for systemic approval granted on November 1, 2016.)

For Public Information: Amendment to a 1915(c) Home and Community-Based Services Waiver for Autism Spectrum Disorder Services Birth Through Age Nine (Submitted July 2016).

For Public Information: Medicaid State Plan Amendment for Autism Spectrum Disorder Preventive Services (Revised June 20, 2016).

  • See Public Comments and State Responses (Posted May 3, 2016)
  • NEW July 2016 UPDATE: The ASD waiver has been sent to the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) for review and approval. The anticipated effective date of the changes is November 2016

North Dakota's current Autism Spectrum Disorder Waiver Amendment was 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.

N.D. Autism Medicaid Waiver Brochure (Revised August 2015)

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

Fact Sheet: Autism Services (Updated November 2016)

ND Health Enterprise MMIS (new claims processing and payment system)

Autism Spectrum Disorder Voucher

APPLICATION - Autism Spectrum Disorder Services Voucher (posted July 2014)

Autism Spectrum Disorder Voucher Program Brochure (posted August 2015)

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

Family gross income can be up to 200% the Federal Poverty Level (listed below) to qualify. These federal Department of Health and Human Services Poverty Guidelines were released on January 26, 2017.

For households with more than 8 people, add $8,360 for each additional person.


Jan. 10, 2017 - Testimony provided to Senate Human Services Committee on Autism Spectrum Disorder Task Force membership

Dec. 30, 2016 - Public Notice - Autism Spectrum Disorder Task Force 2017 Meeting Schedule

Nov. 10, 2016 - News Release - Autism Spectrum Disorder Task Force to hold Nov. 14 meeting

Nov. 9, 2016 - REVISED Public Notice (Agenda and meeting site information added) - Autism Spectrum Disorder Task Force meeting: Nov. 14, 2016.

July 2016 - The department has submitted the ASD waiver to CMS for review and approval. The anticipated effective date of the changes is November 2016.

Jan. 5, 2016 - Testimony provided to the legislature's interim Human Services Committee

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

Aug. 28, 2014 - Testimony before the legislature's Human Services Committee on the autism spectrum disorder voucher program pilot project.

July 22, 2014 - Testimony before the legislature's Human Services Committee about the status of the state plan on autism spectrum disorders.

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

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


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 Services Unit
Katherine Barchenger, Autism Services Coordinator
N.D. Department of Human Services - Medical Services Division
600 E. Boulevard Avenue
Bismarck, ND 58505

Phone: 701-328-4630
Toll Free: 800-755-2604
ND Relay TTY: 800-366-6888
Fax: 701-328-4875
Email: dhsautism@nd.gov


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