Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) Care Coordination Initiative

Children’s Specialized Hospital (CSH)

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Mission Statement: To create an evidence-based, best in class clinical care pathway that enhances the quality of care for families and improves their access to care in order to raise their overall quality of life in the Special Needs Primary Care Medical Home in Mountainside, NJ.

Children’s Specialized Hospital (CSH) prides itself on working towards a vision of a world where all children can reach their full potential. This pilot program plans to enhance and expand the care for children with ASD through the creation and implementation of a care bundle. The care bundle includes enhanced care coordination through development of a care checklist, implementation of advanced care coordination software, family resource services through the Statewide Parent Advocacy Network of New Jersey (SPAN), improved access to behavioral health services, increased staff and family education, and implementation of systematic ASD screening for all young children in the Practice, including siblings of patients with ASD.

ASD presents unique diagnostic and medical management challenges and is frequently associated with co-morbid medical and mental health conditions that impact function, overall health and behavior. Accessing and coordinating care required by the child or adolescent with ASD can be difficult. Additionally, living with ASD can negatively affect patient and family quality of life and increase stress. A medical home where patients and families receive specialized, highly coordinated care addresses these challenges by improving access to and quality of care in a family-centered model that improves quality of life and reduces stress.


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Team Members

Matt McDonald
Principal Investigator
MMcDonald@childrens-specialized.org
(267) 978-3911

Jill Harris
Co-Investigator
jharris@childrens-specialized.org
(908) 301-2525

Aditi Doshi
Project Manager
ADoshi@childrens-specialized.org
(908) 301-5466

Contact Info

(888) 244-5373
150 New Providence Road
Mountainside, NJ 07092

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