Open Enrollment for the Autism Waiver Program

October 7, 2013 - October 18, 2013



What is the Autism Medicaid Waiver?

It is a program that provides intensive community and home based services to children with autism. Each child selected for the program will receive up to $25,000/year of services and supports.

Who Should Apply?

 Parents who:

  • Have children on the autism spectrum 0-8 years old-program ends when a child turns 9

  • Think intensive services are needed to support their child with autism spectrum disorder in the home and community (applied behavioral analysis, floor-time, communication and social skills development)

  • Are on MassHealth (MassHealth recipients must meet financial eligibility to qualify; those on CommonHealth are not in an eligible category of assistance for this program)

  • Think they might be eligible for MassHealth

Key Information for Application Process:

Applications for the Autism Waiver Program must have a postmark date no earlier than October 7, 2013 and no later than October 18, 2013.

Applications with postmarks before October 7  or after October 18 will be discarded.

Even if you applied during the previous Open Enrollment in April 2012, you must apply again during this open enrollment period. 

One application per child.  If you have more than one child who may be eligible, each child needs their own application.

No children over age 9 are eligible.

Additional Information about this Waiver Program is available on the DEPARTMENT OF DEVELOPMENTAL SERVICES Website at: under ‘Autism Spectrum Services’ or contact 1-888-367-4435.  Information is also available through the Autism Support Centers listed below.

Listing of the Autism Support Centers:

HMEA: Autism Resource CenterCentral MA508-835-4278
ACL: Community Resources for People with AutismWestern MA413-529-2428
Community Autism Resources (CAR)Southeastern MA508-379-0371
TILL, Inc.: Autism Support CenterGreater Boston781-302-4600
SNCARC: The Family Autism CenterNorfolk County781-762-4001
NEARC: The Autism Support CenterNortheastern MA  978-777-9135
Advocates: Autism Alliance of Metro West (AAMW)Metro West508-652-9900



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