Through the Autism CARES Act, we work to address some of the most urgent issues affecting people with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and their families.

What are the goals of the Autism CARES Act?

On Monday, September 30, 2019, the President signed into law: H.R. 1058, the “Autism Collaboration, Accountability, Research, Education, and Support Act of 2019 exit disclaimer icon or the “Autism CARES Act of 2019."

The Act, a reauthorization of the Combating Autism Act, continues to support HRSA’s investments in:

  • Research
  • Training
  • Services for both children and adults on the autism spectrum

Training and research investments address health care needs and improve services that result in improved health and well-being of children and adolescents with ASD and other developmental disabilities (DD) and their families.

They also provide education and training to future leaders in a variety of disciplines to improve the health of children who have, or are at risk of developing ASD/DD.

The autism programs we support address the needs of underserved populations and barriers to evidence-based interventions.

How does our work accomplish these goals?

We support three initiatives to address ASD/DD through education, early detection, and intervention:

Training for Professionals

Autism State Systems Program

Autism Research Programs and Networks

Autism Research Grants: Current and Past Projects

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HRSA Addresses Autism

Download the HRSA Addresses Autism Infographic (PDF - 656 KB)

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Contact Us

Lauren Ramos, MPH
Director, Division of MCH Workforce Development

Current Funding

FY 2019, $51 million
Source: FY 2019 Operating Plan

Related Resources

Efforts to Improve Autism Spectrum Disorder Service Delivery Under the Autism CARES Act. Research, Training, and State Systems Grants for FY 2014–2017 (PDF - 3.8 MB)

Key Findings From an Evaluation of the Autism CARES Research Program (PDF - 3.7 MB)

Key Findings From an Evaluation of the Autism CARES State Systems Grant Program (PDF - 444 KB)

Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics Training Program (PDF - 690 KB)

Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Other Related Disabilities Training Program (PDF - 697 KB)

Interdisciplinary Technical Assistance Center on Autism and Developmental Disabilities Exit Disclaimer

The State Public Health Autism Resource Center (SPHARC) Exit Disclaimer

The Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee (IACC) – coordinates all autism efforts within the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). By including both federal and public members, the IACC helps to ensure that a wide range of ideas and perspectives are represented and discussed in a public forum.

Autism – a collection of information from the Department of Health and Human Services, including signs and symptoms, screening and diagnosis, treatments, causes, risk factors and prognosis, research and clinical trials, and publications.

The Act Early Ambassadors Project Exit Disclaimer – a network of state-level experts to improve early identification of developmental delays and disabilities, including autism.

Autism Spectrum Disorder – a variety of information, data, research and materials on ASD from CDC’s National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities.

ASD Clinical Trials and Research – information on ASD from NIH’s Institute on Mental Health.

Date Last Reviewed:  September 2020