The services and supports for individuals who experience ASD draw from numerous systems of care. These include medicine, education, behavioral health, vocational rehabilitation, and developmental services. Some of these supports are considered an "entitlement" under the law and are publicly funded; others must be paid for, in part or in full, by private sources such as insurance or even out-of-pocket if a family's situation allows for this. Some supports cost nothing at all as they are the natural outcome of being part of a community; others are very expensive.
Each system maintains independent, and often different, eligibility criteria, protocols for service planning, limits to service delivery, and guidelines for quality assurance and consumer protection. Lack of coordination among systems of care remains one of the biggest challenges faced by families. More often than not, the parent becomes the glue that holds all these pieces together. It is important to think of these systems of care as "complementary." This means that each part is made stronger by its connection to the other parts that make up the circle of care that surrounds your family member with ASD.
Circle of Care
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New Hampshire Council on Autism Spectrum Disorders
Putting the Pieces Together in the Granite State
Introduction to the Five Systems of Care
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