Autism Collaboration, Accountability, Research, Education, and Support

This Program supports activities to:
? provide information and education on autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and other developmental disabilities (DD) to increase public awareness;
? promote research into the development and validation of reliable screening tools and interventions for autism
spectrum disorder and other developmental disabilities and disseminate information;
? promote early screening of individuals at higher risk for autism spectrum disorder and other developmental disabilities as early as practicable, given evidence-based screening techniques and interventions;
? increase the number of professionals who are able to confirm or rule out a diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder and other developmental disabilities; and
? increase the number of professionals able to provide evidence-based interventions for individuals diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder or other developmental disabilities.
Related Programs93.110 Maternal and Child Health Federal Consolidated Programs; 93.251 Universal Newborn Hearing Screening; 93.365 Sickle Cell Treatment Demonstration Program; 93.926 Healthy Start Initiative; 93.994 Maternal and Child Health Services Block Grant to the StatesExamples of Funded Projects

Fiscal Year 2016: The Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Other Related Disabilities (LEND) Program provides interdisciplinary training to enhance the clinical expertise and leadership skills of professionals dedicated to caring for children who have or are at risk of developing neurodevelopmental and other related disabilities including autism. The Developmental Behavioral Pediatrics Research Network promotes and coordinates research activities in developmental, behavioral, and psychosocial aspects of pediatric care to improve clinical services and health and related outcomes for children and adolescents with ASD and other developmental disabilities. The MCH Research Network on Promoting Healthy Weight among Children with ASD and other Developmental Disabilities (HW-RN) Program provides national leadership in research that furthers scientific understanding of obesity risk factors and facilitates the development of interventions designed to improve the health and well-being of children with ASD and other Developmental Disabilities. The Innovation in Care Integration for Children and Youth with ASD and Other Developmental Disabilities Program supports the implementation of innovative, evidence-informed strategies to integrate care at a system-level within a state for children and youth with ASD and other developmental disabilities, with a special emphasis on medically underserved populations (based on poverty, rural geographic location, and/or populations that experience health disparities).

Fiscal Year 2017: The National Interdisciplinary Training Resource Center plays a crucial role in providing technical assistance, building and sustaining partnerships with service systems already serving children with ASD and other developmental disabilities, translating research into evidence-based practice, and utilizing existing and developing new data systems to capture and report project outcomes. The Autism Transitions Research Project (ATRP) supports the implementation and completion of programmatic research studies that examine factors associated with healthy life transitions among adolescents and young adults with ASD who are transitioning to adulthood.

The Autism Longitudinal Data Project supports the implementation and completion of research studies that examine longitudinal data on ASD and other developmental disabilities to study risk factors for these conditions, the effects of various interventions, and trajectories of child development over the life course. The Autism Field-Initiated Innovative Research Studies (Autism-FIRST) Program supports research that advances the evidence base on interventions designed to improve the health and wellbeing of children and adolescents with ASD and other developmental disabilities, with a particular focus on addressing barriers to identification, diagnosis, and services among underserved populations.

The State Public Health Coordinating Center for Autism supports and assists states and jurisdictions in developing state-wide systems of care to improve the health of infants, children, and adolescents who have or are at risk for developing ASD or other developmental disabilities.

Fiscal Year 2018: N/A.


Agency - Department of Health and Human Services

The Department of Health and Human Services is the Federal government's principal agency for protecting the health of all Americans and providing essential human services, especially to those who are least able to help themselves.

Office - See Regional Agency Offices.



Selected Recipients for this Program


RecipientAmount Start DateEnd Date
University Of Washington $ 600,000   2017-09-012020-08-31
Regents Of The University Of Colorado, The $ 592,237   2017-09-012020-08-31
$ 0   
$ 0   
$ 0   
$ 0   
$ 0   
$ 0   
$ 0   
$ 0   



Program Accomplishments

Fiscal Year 2016: The Autism and Other Developmental Disabilities program improves care and outcomes for children and adolescents with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and other developmental disabilities (DDs) through training, advancing best practices, and service. The program supports training programs, research, and state systems grants to: ? Improve access to early screening, diagnosis and intervention for children with ASD or other DDs; ? Increase the number of professionals able to diagnose ASD and other DDs; ? Promote the use of evidence-based interventions for individuals at higher risk for ASD and other DDs as early as possible; ? Increase the number of professionals able to provide evidence-based interventions for individuals diagnosed with ASD or other DDs; ? Provide information and education on ASD and other DDs to increase public awareness; ? Promote research and information distribution on the development and validation of reliable screening tools and interventions for ASD and other DDs; and ? Promote early screening of individuals at higher risk for ASD and other DDs. Training Programs: The program has two main training components, the Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Other Related Disabilities (LEND) program and the Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics (DBP) Training program. From 2011 ? 2014, the LEND and DBP programs collectively: ? Provided diagnostic evaluations for ASD and other DDs to more than 224,000 children; ? Provided training to nearly 16,000 pediatricians, DBP specialists, and other health professionals; and ? Provided more than 3,000 continuing education events on early screening, diagnosis, and intervention that reached over 214,000 pediatricians and other health professionals. Research: To improve the health and well-being of children with ASD, HRSA supports five research networks and investigator-initiated autism intervention research projects. From 2011 ? 2014, the research programs collectively: ? Conducted 57 studies on physical and behavioral health issues related to ASD and other DDs, screening and diagnostic measures, early intervention, and transition to adulthood; ? Developed 42 new measures and tools, including diagnostic and screening tools and outcome measures that are helping to guide provider practice; ? Prepared 209 publications for peer reviewed journals, of which 105 were published, and the remainder were in progress. HRSA?s autism research helps underserved populations overcome barriers to diagnosis and access needed services. State Systems grants: The Autism and Other Developmental Disabilities program supports state systems grants to improve access to comprehensive, coordinated health care and related services for children and youth with ASD and other DDs. Fiscal Year 2017: See FY 2016 description. Fiscal Year 2018: N/A.

Uses and Use Restrictions

Training grants are made to institutions of higher learning for training personnel for health care and related services for mothers and children.

Research grants are for the purpose of research activities to advance the evidence base on the effectiveness of interventions and to improve the early identification and treatment for ASD and other developmental disabilities.

Other project grants are designed to support activities of a demonstration nature which are designed to improve services for mothers and children.

Indirect costs that are allowed for administrative costs incurred as a result of the training grants project, are limited to 8 percent of direct costs.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

For training grants: eligible applicants include public or nonprofit agencies, including institutions of higher education.

For research grants: eligible applicants include any public or private nonprofit entity, including research centers or networks.

Faith-based and community-based organizations, Tribes, and tribal organizations are eligible to apply.

Any public or private entity is eligible for other project grants.

Beneficiary Eligibility

For training grants: (1) Trainees in the health professions related to MCH; and (2) mothers and children who receive services through training programs. For research grants: public or private nonprofit entities, including research centers or networks. For other projects: (1) Public or private agencies, organizations and institutions; and (2) mothers and children, and persons who receive services through the programs.

Credentials/Documentation

Applicants should review the individual HRSA notice of funding opportunity issued under this CFDA program for any required proof or certifications which must be submitted prior to or simultaneous with submission of an application package. 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles applies to this program.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

Preapplication coordination is not applicable.

Environmental impact information is not required for this program.

This program is excluded from coverage under E.O.

12372.

Application Procedures

2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program.

Award Procedures

Notification is made in writing by a Notice of Award.

Deadlines

Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.

Authorization

Public Health Service Act - Section 399BB Programs under the Combating Autism Act of 2006 as amended by the Combating Autism Reauthorization Act of 2011 (P.L. 112?32) and the Autism CARES Act of 2014 (P.L. 113?157).

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

From 3 to 6 months.

Appeals

Not Applicable.

Renewals

After initial award, projects may be renewed annually up to the limit of the project period upon the submission and approval of a satisfactory continuation application.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

This program has no statutory formula. This program has no matching requirements. This program does not have MOE requirements.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Awards are made on an annual basis for the duration of the grant period, and payments are made through an Electronic Transfer System or Cash Demand System. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Grantees draw down funds, as necessary, from the Payment Management System (PMS). PMS is the centralized web based payment system for HHS awards.

Post Assistance Requirements

Reports

Annual program reports, annual program service reports, and special reports as required.

Cash reports are not applicable.

The awardee will be required to submit performance and progress reports as well as status-federal financial reports (see the program announcement and notice of award for details for each required report).

The awardee must submit a quarterly electronic Federal Financial Report (FFR) Cash Transaction Report via the Payment Management System within 30 days of the end of each calendar quarter.

A Federal Financial Report (SF-425) according to the following schedule: http://www.hrsa.gov/grants/manage/technicalassistance/federalfinancialreport/ffrschedule.pdf.

A final report is due within 90 days after the project period ends.

If applicable, the awardee must submit a Tangible Personal Property Report (SF-428) and any related forms within 90 days after the project period ends.

New awards (?Type 1?) issued under this notice of funding opportunity are subject to the reporting requirements of the Federal Funding Accountability and Transparency Act (FFATA) of 2006 (Pub.

L.

109?282), as amended by section 6202 of Public Law 110?252, and implemented by 2 CFR Part 170.

Grant and cooperative agreement recipients must report information for each first-tier subaward of $25,000 or more in federal funds and executive total compensation for the recipient?s and subrecipient?s five most highly compensated executives as outlined in Appendix A to 2 CFR Part 170 (FFATA details are available online at http://www.hrsa.gov/grants/ffata.html).

Competing continuation awardees, etc.

may be subject to this requirement and will be so notified in the Notice of Award.

Expenditure reports are not applicable.

See the notice of funding opportunity and notice of award for details for required performance monitoring.

Audits

In accordance with the provisions of 2 CFR 200, Subpart F - Audit Requirements, non-Federal entities that expend financial assistance of $750,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Non-Federal entities that expend less than $750,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in 2 CFR 200.503.

Records

Grantees are required to maintain grant accounting records for 3 years after the date they submit the Federal Financial Report (FFR). If any litigation, claim, negotiation, audit, or other action involving the award has been started before the expiration of the 3-year period, the records shall be retained until completion of the action and resolution of all issues which arise from it, or until the end of the regular 3-year period, whichever is later.

Financial Information

Account Identification

75-0350-0-1-550.

Obigations

(Project Grants) FY 16 $44,217,073; FY 17 est $43,704,553; and FY 18 est $0 - State ASD and other developmental disabilities program.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

Range of grant amounts: $100,000-$3,000,000.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

This program is subject to the provisions of 45 CFR Part 75 State, local and tribal governments, institutions of higher education, hospitals, other nonprofit organizations and commercial organizations, as applicable. 42 CFR Part 51a Project Grants for Maternal Child and Health. HRSA awards are subject to the requirements of the HHS Grants Policy Statement (HHS GPS) that are applicable based on recipient type and purpose of award. The HHS GPS is available at http://www.hrsa.gov/grants.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

See Regional Agency Offices.

Headquarters Office

Associate Administrator for Maternal and Child Health 5600 Fishers Lane , Rockville , Maryland 20857 Phone: 3014432170

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

General criteria are described in Program Regulations 45 CFR 51, and specific criteria are included in the program guidance materials provided with application kits. Contact Central Office for details.



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