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:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.