Improving Services for Children and Youth with Autism Spectrum Disorder and Other Developmental Disabilities

Faculty Contact: Sarah Clark, MPH

Children are recommended to receive developmental screenings at 9, 18, 24, and 30 months of age. These screenings are essential for the early identification of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and developmental disabilities (DD) and the initiation of early treatment services. In Michigan, many children with ASD/DD are not diagnosed until 4 years or older, suggesting barriers to screening and treatment.  The Michigan Department of Health & Human Services has been awarded a two-year implementation grant to improve services to young children with ASD/DD.


  • To improve the early identification, evaluation, and treatment of young children with ASD/DD through training, disseminating best practice guidelines, and developing an integrated system of referral services. 
  • To improve partnerships with families of young children with ASD/DD and to increase their involvement and satisfaction in all aspects of their care. 
  • To increase access to family-centered medical homes that provide comprehensive and coordinated care for young children with ASD/DD.
  • To increase family, provider, and public awareness of ASD/DD.

Research Topics & Methods:
The CHEAR Unit is evaluating the activities of this implementation grant, gathering feedback from providers, families, and community-based agencies that work with this population.

The project is funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA).

For more information, please contact:
Principal Investigator: Sarah Clark, MPH
Lead Analyst: Lisa Cohn, MS
Child Health Evaluation and Research (CHEAR) Unit
300 North Ingalls, 6E06 Ann Arbor, Michigan 48109-5456
Telephone: 734-615-8145 Fax: 734-764-2599
Email: saclark[at]umich[dot]edu