Autism Project Awarded 1.26 Million Federal Grant - 08.12.16
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 11, 2016
The Autism Project awarded three-year, $1.26 million federal grant
The Health Resources and Service Administration funding will extend reach of autism spectrum disorder
and developmental disabilities services throughout Rhode Island
Johnston, RI – The Autism Project was awarded a $1.26 million grant from the Health Resources and Service Administration, Gateway announced today. The grant will fund Project IDENTIFY, a program designed to improve Rhode Island’s system of care integration for children and youth with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and developmental disabilities (DD). The funding will help The Autism Project provide community resources, innovative telehealth technologies, and family navigation to improve knowledge of and access to ASD and DD diagnoses, services, and supports throughout Rhode Island.
Project IDENTIFY is focused on increasing care coordination for children and adolescents at-risk for ASD/DD and support their families through partnerships with the Rhode Island Department of Health’s Screening to Succeed program and Early Intervention, as well as United Way’s 2-1-1 program, the Northeast Telehealth Resource Center, and other initiatives.
The project will also educate professionals, key community members and organizations, and medical providers on the early signs of ASD/DD, as well as how to get referrals, screenings, and proper diagnosis. Outreach will be accomplished through family navigators, who will be available face-to-face and via telehealth technologies. Live online trainings and a library of webinars will also be offered. Project IDENTIFY will partner with the Department of Health on the launch of Rhode Island’s Medical Home Portal, ensuring that information on ASD/DD resources in the state is current and that families and providers have access to the portal.
“The HRSA grant not only provides critical funding but sends a message that there are critical autism spectrum disorder- and developmental disabilities-related services needed throughout many communities,” said Joanne Quinn, executive director of The Autism Project. “We are grateful to have this opportunity to help more families, especially those in underserved areas of the state.”
The Autism Project will collaborate with its Lifespan partner Bradley Hospital on other key program components such as evaluation and outcome reporting.
About The Autism Project
The Autism Project is a unique collaboration of parents, professionals, and community members who provide quality support, training, and programming – accessible to all – for children and youth with an autism spectrum disorder, their families, and those who serve them. The Autism Project’s vision is a world where individuals with an ASD are valued, actively participating members of their communities. Find out more at www.theautismproject.org.
About Gateway Healthcare
Gateway Healthcare, a Lifespan partner, is a community behavioral health care provider in Rhode Island that provides mental health and substance abuse treatment services. Gateway Healthcare’s vast array of outpatient services and residential programs that include crisis intervention and evaluation, psychiatric evaluation, medication maintenance, outpatient counseling, substance abuse treatment, primary care coordination and management, community-based treatment programs, and vocational and social rehabilitation. To learn more about Gateway Healthcare, visit www.gatewayhealth.org.