Treatment Services for Children with Autism - Who is Eligible?

For a child diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder to receive treatment from the CLTS Waiver Program, the following criteria must be met, in addition to the general eligibility requirements listed on the CLTS Waivers Eligibility page. The child must:

  • Have a diagnostic evaluation by a qualified clinician which states the child has a diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder and:
    • Was completed within the past 12 months prior to application for CLTS Waiver funding; and
    • Includes supporting documentation with a DSM-5 diagnosis and identification of the testing tools used which must be validated for the age of the child and the diagnosis.
  • Be under eight (8) years old when his or her name is placed on the state Autism Wait List. All eligibility criteria must be met prior to age eight (8) years;
  • Meet a disability listing as defined by the Social Security Administration;
  • Have a level of care need typically provided in a Psychiatric Hospital or an Intermediate Care Facility for Individuals with Intellectual or Developmental Disabilities (ICF/IDD);
  • Maintain Wisconsin residency for at least six months; and
  • Have received fewer than two years of autism treatment at or above 40 hours per month, regardless of funding source.

Additionally, the family must identify a treatment provider in agreement to deliver treatment upon funding availability, and agree to support their child's participation in at least 12 months of treatment services at the consultative or intensive level, or any combination of the two.


Last Revised: October 13, 2014