Learn More about Benefit for Children with Autism, Related Conditions

Public meetings regarding benefit available for children and youth with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and related conditions. Public meetings regarding benefit available for children and youth with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and related conditions. |  Photo: WDIO/MGN

September 07, 2017 10:54 AM

BEMIDJI, Minn - The Minnesota Department of Human Services will be hosting a public meeting to provide information about a benefit available for children under the age of 21 with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and related conditions in Bemidji on Monday, October 9.

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According to a press release from DHS, the benefit is available through Medical Assistance and MinnesotaCare. Parents, care providers, county staff and tribal or managed care organizations are welcome to attend.

“It’s important that families are aware of Minnesota’s new benefit, which is designed to improve social interaction, communication, and behavioral regulation skills at a critical time in a child’s development,” Human Services Commissioner Emily Piper said in the release. “The goal of the Early Intensive Developmental and Behavioral Intervention services are to promote fuller participation by children in their family, schools and community life. Services are based on the family’s values and culture and include training and support for the family.”

The Bemidji meeting will be held on Monday, October 9 at the Beltrami County Administration Building, 701 Minnesota Ave. NW in Bemidji from 2:00 - 4:00 p.m.

Meetings have been scheduled for Tuesday, Sept. 26, at the Morrison County Government Center at 213 First Ave. SE in Little Falls at 1:30 p.m. and Wednesday, Sept. 27, at Lakeville Heritage Library, 20085 Heritage Drive, Lakeville at 1:30 p.m.

The meetings are designed for participants to ask questions and get information about the benefit, tell DHS staff about challenges and successes related to the benefit and provide input on various topics related to the benefit.

Anyone who needs a reasonable accommodation to participate in these meetings should email by Sept. 18 and say what type of accommodation you need.


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