The IHS is committed to increase access to accurate Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) diagnosis. The IHS Division of Behavioral Health Indian Children's Program (ICP) provides education, training, and consultation on issues affecting American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) youth via IHS's Telebehavioral Health Center of Excellence (TBHCE). These services are available to all IHS, Tribal, and Urban (I/T/U) providers.
TBHCE services assist in addressing geographic and scheduling barriers to getting AI/AN children to see a developmental pediatrician for a definitive ASD diagnosis.
The IHS partners with the Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee (IACC), a Federal advisory committee that coordinates all efforts within the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) concerning autism spectrum disorder (ASD). The IACC includes both Federal and public members to ensure that a wide range of ideas and perspectives are represented and discussed in a public forum. The committee reconvened in November 2015 to begin a new session under the Autism CARES Act.
The IACC mission [PDF - 86 KB] is to:
- Provide advice to the Secretary of Health and Human Services regarding Federal activities related to autism spectrum disorder.
- Facilitate the exchange of information on and coordination of ASD activities among the member agencies and organizations.
- Increase public understanding of the member agencies' activities, programs, policies, and research by providing a public forum for discussions related to ASD research and services.
- Autism Speaks – Resources and information for families and individuals dealing with autism
- Autism Speaks Tool Kits – Comprehensive Tool Kits for the newly diagnosed, those entering school, and others
- Autism Society – recent information on Autism statistics, research, and legislation.