Program Summary

Program Summary

The purpose of this program is to support and assist states in developing state-wide systems of care to improve the health of infants, children, and adolescents who have or are at risk for developing autism spectrum disorders (ASD) and other developmental disabilities (DD).

HRSA is funding a State Public Health Coordinating Center for Autism (hereafter, referred to as the Coordinating Center) to support and assist 50 states and nine 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 autism spectrum disorders (ASD) and other developmental disabilities (DD). The Coordinating Center will work closely with the recipients of the current Innovation in Care Integration for Children and Youth with Autism Spectrum Disorders and Other Developmental Disabilities Program (HRSA-16-048), the associated learning community (HRSA-16-048), and the former State Autism Awardees (HRSA 12-131) – all are hereafter referred to as “State Autism Awardees.” The Coordinating Center will also work with other entities, such as Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs (CYSHCN) organizations, other Autism investment awardees, family-led organizations, and Maternal and Child Health (MCH) partners. Activities of the Coordinating Center will advance the efforts of State Autism Awardees and State Public Health agencies, including the Title V MCH and CYSHCN programs, to develop and sustain a state system of care to assure that children and youth with ASD and other DD receive early and timely identification, diagnosis, referral and treatment.

Specific aims of this Coordinating Center are:

Support the State Autism Awardees and others (e.g., CYSHCN organizations, and MCH partners) to demonstrate increased awareness and knowledge of a) shared resources, b) telehealth, and c) family navigators.
o Support State Autism Awardees to build capacity to address newly identified implementation barriers and/or emerging issues impacting the target population. This enhanced capacity may include promotion and/or demonstration of newly identified evidence-based or informed strategies or promising practices.
o Share information across Autism Collaboration, Accountability, Research, Education, and Support (CARES) Act of 2014 Awardees to assure that the Coordinating Center’s work informs and influences MCHB Autism investments in research, training and state public health. For example, researchers understand patient/family concerns and conduct applied research that will be more readily translated into practice.
o Develop and/or sustain partnerships to support contributions to the ASD/DD field. Such partnerships may include, but are not limited to, the new Early Childhood Comprehensive Systems (ECCS) grant activity that is focused on rural populations and developmental screening, the long-standing CARES Act National Interdisciplinary Training Resource Center to enhance each center’s progress, or connecting with other partners to address health equity and other emerging issues important to this population.
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o Develop and disseminate evidence-based or -informed policies, resources, and strategies broadly to state CYSHCN systems, relevant MCHB awardees, and CYSHCN stakeholders.
o Focus effort and lessons learned on the development of measures and data collection systems for ASD/DD systems of care to allow for improved assessment and evaluation of ASD/DD initiatives.

*Funding will be provided in the form of a cooperative agreement. A cooperative agreement, as opposed to a grant, is an award instrument of financial assistance where substanial involvement is anticipated between HRSA and the recipient during performance of the contemplated project.


Budget cap is $275,000 - inclusive of indirects

Application Limits

Application Limits

University is limited to one proposal.

Additional Information


UIC Letter of Intent
January 18, 2017
UIC Internal Competition
Sponsor Letter of Intent
Sponsor Application
February 17, 2017

Letter of Intent

Letter of Intent

Letter of Intent (LOI) Form


Depending upon the number of LOIs submitted, OVCR might be required to facilitate an internal peer review process to select UIC’s submission(s) to this program.  White paper instructions will distributed to those who have submitted LOIs.


Please contact Natalia Glubisz at or 312-996-8348 with any questions.


If an authorized principal investigator is not listed above, please consider the limited competition still open. Contact for further information.