Maternal and Child Health Training Program
The Division of MCH Workforce Development is responsible for overall leadership of Autism CARES Act activities, which are cross-divisional efforts. The goal of the program is to improve the health of children, youth and adults who have Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD), or are at risk for, neurodevelopmental or related disabilities. The program uses a set of complementary strategies that raise awareness, reduce barriers to services, develop guidelines for interventions, support intervention research, and training professionals to meet the very specialized diagnostic and service needs of this population of children. In addition to leadership activities, the training activities are accomplished through the interdisciplinary MCH Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Other Related Disabilities (LEND) and Developmental Behavioral Pediatrics (DBP) programs.