University of Vermont

College of Medicine

Vermont Child Health Improvement Program (VCHIP)


Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) Evaluation


VCHIP is providing third-party evaluation for the Vermont Department of Health’s Vermont State Implementation Grant for Improving Services for Children and Youth with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) and other Developmental Disabilities (DD), through a three-year grant from the Health Resources and Services Administration, Maternal and Child Health Bureau.




  • Partnerships are demonstrated between professionals and families of children and youth with ASD/DD in the project and in all aspects of the system of care.
  • Children with ASD and other DDs have access to a high quality medical home and access to adequate health insurance and financing of services.
  • Expanded early and continuous screening for ASD/DD by medical homes, leading to more timely evaluation, diagnosis, and appropriate treatment.
  • Community-based services are organized for easy use by families.
  • Transition to adult health care, work, and independence is successful.

Findings of the ASD Evaluation

  • 81% of respondents indicated that their child had been referred to a specialty doctor at ages 36 months or younger.
  • 100% of the respondents indicated that the adequacy of early intervention services for children under 3 is very adequate or somewhat adequate.
  • Most of the participants indicated that both medical and community based services are family-centered and culturally competent.
  • Almost half of the respondents reported having no trouble paying for community based services

Findings of the Developmental Screening in Primary Care Survey include

  • Most practices have a specific approach to developmental surveillance and the number of practices performing surveillance continues to increase.
  • There continues to be a significant increase in practices performing autism screening since 2009 when 58.5% answered yes, to 2011 at 76.7% and now in 2013 at almost 90%.
  • Across all responses, an increase in earlier referral for diagnosis and treatment for both developmental and autism screenings is noted, as the “within two weeks” category for referral has increased significantly in the last two years.

Project Contact

Maria Mercedes Avila, PHD


Last modified February 12 2014 10:55 AM