Hospital for Special Care (New Britain, Connecticut, U.S.A.) is addressing the healthcare needs of a growing segment of its community, people with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD). In Connecticut, ASD affect more than 5,000 children under the age of 21, and current research suggests that number will continue to rise. The Hospital for Special Care observed that though there are many agencies and groups providing specific services, there was little coordination between health care and other components, such as education, vocation and family support. It created The Autism Center at Hospital for Special Care, an outpatient clinic that provides a variety of diagnostic, assessment and consulting services for children and adolescents with ASD. The National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) recently recognized The Autism Center at Hospital for Special Care as the first outpatient clinic of its kind to earn Patient-Centered Specialty […]
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