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Treatment Services
for Children with Autism

The Children's Long-Term Support Waivers (CLTS Waivers) provide funding for some specific services that are not covered by the Wisconsin ForwardHealth Medicaid card. For young children diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), treatment using behavioral methods is available and is designed to reduce the challenging behaviors often found in children with ASD, as well as teach new skills. Eligible children may participate in this program for up to three years, after which the child may qualify for ongoing waiver services at a less intensive level that address the more diverse needs of the growing child. The goal of the program is for the child to have fewer needs in the future and to make significant gains towards normal development, including an increase in social, behavioral and communication skills that the child can use at home and in their community.

Treatment is typically provided on a one-to-one basis by a treatment team composed of a lead therapist, senior staff and line staff, who develop and implement a treatment plan with the family that is individualized to each child’s developmental needs. This approach addresses specific skills for each child that is clearly defined in observable terms and is measured carefully through direct observation. Consultative behavioral intervention (CBI) services involve 10-20 hours per week of face-to-face service, while early intensive behavioral intervention (EIBI) services involve 30-40 hours per week of face-to-face service.

Last Revised: June 28, 2013