Autism Information and Resources Overview

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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.