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Autism Waiver

The  Autism Waiver allows eligible children and young adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder to receive waiver and Medicaid services to support them in their homes and communities.

Population Served

The program is designed to serve individuals who:

  • Are diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder as defined in the DSM 5
  • Are between ages one and 21 who have either an Individualized Educational Program (IEP) or Individualized Family Services Plan (IFSP) with at least 12 hours per week of special education and related services
  • Meet an institutional level of care, and can be served in community waiver services
  • Are not enrolled in any other Medicaid HCBS Waiver; however they can be simultaneously enrolled in REM

The Coordinating Center is contracted by local school systems to provide case management for their students on the Autism Waiver: Dorchester, Harford, Howard and Worcester.

Community Based Services

  • Respite Care
  • Environmental Accessibility Adaptations
  • Family Training
  • Intensive Individual Support Services
  • Therapeutic Integration Services (after school program)
  • Residential Habilitation (regular/intensive)
  • Adult Life Planning
  • Service Coordination


  • Financial eligibility is based upon the child`s income and resources. The child’s monthly income may not exceed 300% of his/her SSI benefit and countable assets may not exceed $2,000.
  • A child must have an ASD diagnosis confirmed by an evidence-based evaluation tool.

Due to the high demand for the Autism Waiver and a defined number of slots, the waiver is currently full. To apply for future services, families must call the registry to add their child to the list. The registry number is 1-866-417-3480.