MSDE Announces Expansion of Maryland Autism Waiver



July 21, 2017

2018 Budget Provides $2.2 million for 100 New Slots

BALTIMORE – Maryland’s Autism Waiver program has been expanded to provide services and supports to an additional 100 children living with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) in communities across the State.

Governor Larry Hogan’s fiscal year 2018 budget included $2.2 million in added funding to support the 100 new slots. The new budget year, which began this month, brings State funding for the Waiver to $21.6 million, and a total of 1,100 slots for Waiver services. The Autism Waiver is administered by the MSDE and Maryland Department of Health.

“Governor Hogan’s funding commitment provides the opportunity for more children and their families to take advantage of these critical services, supporting them in their homes and communities,” said Dr. Karen Salmon, State Superintendent of Schools.

Marcella E. Franczkowski, Assistant State Superintendent for MSDE’s Division of Special Education/Early Intervention Services, said the program has provided support for Maryland’s children and families since 2001.

Waiver services are provided to eligible children who receive special education services. It offers additional support after school, in their homes, and in the community. Services may include:

• respite care
• environmental accessibility adaptations
• family consultation, residential habilitation
• intensive individual support services
• therapeutic integration
• adult life planning.

According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC):

• An average of one in 68 children in the United States are diagnosed with an Autism Spectrum Disorder
• In Maryland, rates are higher than the national average, with one in 55 children in the State diagnosed with autism.

Waiver services are jointly funded by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and the State of Maryland. More information is available at

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