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Department of Human Services - Autism Services

NEW: 3rd Annual ND Autism Spectrum Disorders Conference is October 26-28, 2016, at the Grand Hotel in Minot, N.D.

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: Amendment to a 1915(c) Home and Community-Based Services Waiver for Autism Spectrum Disorder Services Birth Through Age Nine (2.24 MB PDF) (Posted April 6, 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 1, 2016

North Dakota's 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 (posted June 2014)

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 25, 2016.

For households with more than 8 people, add $8,320 for each additional person.


Sept. 21, 2016 - News Release - The Autism Spectrum Disorder Task Force meeting is Sept. 26

Sept. 8, 2016 - The next Autism Spectrum Disorder Taskforce meeting will be held on Sept. 26, 2016. Meeting details are pending.

July 2016 - The department has submitted the ASD waiver to CMS for review and approval. The anticipated effective date of the changes is November 1, 2016.

June 21, 2016 - Stakeholder Input Sought: The Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee (IACC) is looking to update their priorities in addressing Autism Spectrum Disorders at the national level and is seeking stakeholder input. See details at: www.disabilityscoop.com/2016/06/21/federal-panel-input-autism/22443/.

April 6, 2016 - Public Notice - Public Comment sought on amendments to the Medicaid 1915(c) Autism Spectrum Disorders Waiver Birth Through Age Nine and the Medicaid State Plan related to services for children with an Autism Spectrum Disorder diagnosis

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

Oct. 8, 2015 - News Release - Autism conference in Fargo offers training for parents, educators, treatment professionals, and others

Oct. 8, 2015 - News Release from the City of Bismarck - Project Lifesaver Comes to Bismarck

April 20, 2015 - News Release - More organizations receive autism training grants; Training scheduled

April 8, 2015 - News Release - Agency awards autism training grants; funding is still available

April 2015 - Autism Awareness Month Proclamation issued by Gov. Jack Dalrymple

March 18, 2015 - News Release - Grants to support autism training are available

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 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 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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