The Wisconsin Care Integration Initiative (WiCII) aims to address systems-level barriers that hinder early identification and access to services for autism spectrum disorder and other developmental disabilities (ASD/DD), with a focus on medically underserved families.

The strategies WiCII is using to address these barriers include:

  1. Family Navigation – Family navigation is an evidence-based approach to decreasing barriers to accessing services and supports outside the primary care clinic by providing targeted, time-limited assistance in addressing patient-specific barriers to access. Family navigation services are offered to medically underserved families of children with/at risk for ASD/DD at over 10 participating primary care clinics.
  2. Provider Education – In order to build community-based capacity, primary care providers and family navigators receive training and ongoing assistance to increase their ability to conduct developmental screening, referral, and follow up with families.
  3. Systems of Care – The Act Early State Team brings together about 40 stakeholders representing MCH Title V programs, WIAAP, Birth to 3, DPI, DCF, parent-led organizations, and other state and community programs. The Team works on improving systems of care for children with ASD/DD based on goals outlined in the Act Early State Plan. For example, team members are collaborating on improving access to culturally and linguistically competent educational resources to improve family self-efficacy in navigating systems of care.