On August 20, 2013, the Indiana Commission on Autism met. Minutes are available here. A few points of note:
A representative of the Indiana Family and Social Services Administration (FSSA) reported on services offered to individuals diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), including Family Support Waivers (FSW). 6,698 individuals are receiving FSW, but there are 4,747 on the wait list currently.
During a discussion with the executive director of the Autism Society of Indiana, it was revealed that there are no documented individuals with ASD incarcerated in the Indiana Department of Correction (DOC). However, it appears that the DOC mental health model intake checklist does not include ASD in the list of mental disabilities. The Autism Society of Indiana will look into this matter.
Committee members agreed to investigate the number of incarcerated adults and juveniles with ASD, and what is being done in the court system for individuals with ASD. Chairman Head, with the approval of the Commission, agreed to consider discussing the issues with DOC and the courts at a future meeting.