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children.  The Consortium is very aware of the limited funds available for this or any future programs for ASD and does not want to see local education authorities cost shift from IDEA to Medicaid.  Further, the Consortium clearly is concerned that the districts are not providing adequate services nor training to their providers and are not be held accountable.

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Geographical Diversity

Kentucky children and youth with ASD and their families receive very different services based on the area where they live.  Those in the Lexington and Louisville area have choices of different types of therapies and providers.  Families who live in other areas of the state are limited to case management services from the local mental health center and must rely on all other services to be provided by the school district.  Accessing evaluations for these children requires a several hour drive to Cincinnati or Louisville for most families.

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