Tuesday, 06 June 2017 16:25

Autism Spectrum Disorder Voucher Program Applications Featured

Families of children with autism spectrum disorder ages 3 to 17 can apply for autism voucher program services for the upcoming state fiscal year that starts July 1. The annual enrollment opportunity is open to both new and participating families through the North Dakota Department of Human Services.

Vouchers help pay for respite care for family caregivers, assistive technology such as specialized sensory or safety equipment, training, and other approved support services that enhance the quality of life of qualifying children and help meet the unique needs of their families.

The program provides vouchers of up to $12,500 per year, per participating child, and is intended to fill a gap in non-therapy related services for families that do not qualify for other help.

To qualify, household income for a family with a child diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder cannot exceed 200 percent of the federal poverty level, which is $4,100 a month for a family of four. Children who are receiving services through a Medicaid waiver are not eligible for the autism spectrum disorder voucher.

Participation is limited to 53 children at a time. Families are served on a first come, first served basis and must apply annually.

To apply, families need to complete the application found online at: https://www.nd.gov/eforms/Doc/sfn60611.pdf.

They should submit the completed application and required documentation by mail, email or fax to the North Dakota Department of Human Services’ Medical Services Division, attention Katherine Barchenger, at 600 E. Boulevard Ave., Dept. 325, Bismarck, N.D. 58505-0250, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or fax 701-328-4875.

Individuals with questions can call 701-328-4630, toll-free 800-755-2604, or ND Relay TTY 800-366-6888.

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