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Autism Speaks Autism Treatment Network expands to 17 sites in North America
Date:1/19/2011

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Children's Hospital of Los Angeles (CHLA) is recognized throughout the United States and around the world for its leadership in pediatric and adolescent health and biomedical research CHLA serves approximately 1400 patients with ASD annually. The clinics conduct over 1600 screenings and identify 243 new ASD patients annually. There are two primary service units, or "autism clinics," at CHLA designed to specifically coordinate comprehensive care to children with ASD: the USC University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UCEDD) and the Boone Fetter Clinic. The UCEDD was established in 1966 to care for children with special health care needs including ASD and other neurodevelopmental and behavioral disorders. Today, through a contract with the Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health to serve low-income children (i.e., those with publicly funded insurance), the UCEDD provides over 45,000 visits annually for more than 5,000 patients, and boasts the largest number of bilingual Spanish-speaking mental health providers of any UCEDD serving mono/bilingual Spanish-speaking families. Through the UCEDD, a comprehensive range of services are provided including interdisciplinary and discipline specific assessment and follow-up, psychiatric consultation, medication management, parent/provider education, home visitation and case management for children with co-existing mental health needs with or without developmental disabilities. The approach to care and follow-up is identical at the UCEDD and Boone Fetter Clinic as clinical providers function at both sites. In 2008 the Boone Fetter Clinic was established as a diagnostic, clinical and research center committed to implementing state-of-the-science clinical and research activities to improve assessment and care for children with ASD or other neurodevelopmental or behavioral disorders not served by the UCEDD.

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