The Minnesota Department of Human Services will host meetings in Rochester and Alexandria to provide information about a benefit available to children and youth under age 21 with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and related conditions. The benefit is available through Medical Assistance and MinnesotaCare.
The Rochester meeting will be 2 to 4 p.m. Monday, July 31, at Rochester Public Utilities, 4000 E. River Road NE, Rochester. The Alexandria meeting will be 2 to 4 p.m. Monday, Aug. 7, at Douglas County Social Services, 809 Elm St., Suite 1186, Alexandria. Both meetings are especially for clinicians, providers, parents and county case workers. The meetings are part of a series of forums around the state.
“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,” said Human Services Commissioner Emily Piper. “The goal of the Early Intensive Developmental and Behavioral Intervention services is 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 meetings are designed for parents 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 ASD.DHS@state.mn.us
. Please say what type of accommodation you need.