MACSS Overview



Anouncing an Autism Screening Day (pdf) on Tuesday, April 29, 2014.  Note: This flyer has been updated to reflect a change in Jackson's Screening Day due to expected bad weather.

As part of Autism Awareness Day, the Institute is sponsoring a state-wide Autism Screening Day.  New data from the CDC indicate that 1 in 68 children have Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).  Because early intervention is so important to long-term intervention outcomes, it is important that children are screened for ASD as early as possible. Early screening for ASD is not readily available in Mississippi.  Autism Screening Day provides an opportunity for concerned parents and pediatricians to have young children screened.  Go to the MACSS link for additional information.


MACSS is the Mississippi Access to a Coordinated System of Services for Children and Youth with Autism Spectrum Disorders and other Developmental Disabilities and Their Families Project.  The goal of MACSS is to create a coordinated system of care that is

  • Family-centered,
  • Community–based,
  • Culturally Competent,  
  • Easily Accessible and
  • Sustainable.

MACSS is founded upon evidenced-based practices that focus on the following six core outcomes identified by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) Maternal and Child Health Bureau:

  • Families of children and youth with special needs partner in decision-making at all levels and are satisfied with the services they receive.
  • Children and youth with special health care needs receive coordinated ongoing comprehensive care within the medical home.
  • Families of children with special health care needs have adequate private and/or public insurance to pay for the services they need.
  • Children are screened early and continuously for special health care needs.
  • Community-based services for children and youth with special health care needs are organized so families can use them easily. 
  • Youth with special health care needs receive the services necessary to make transitions to all aspects of adult life, including adult health care, work and independence. 


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MACSS is funded by a grant from AMCHP/MCHP Grant # 1 H6MMC22740-01-00.