MN-ADDM’s findings can be used to promote early identification of ASD, reduce disparities in access to ASD services, plan for ASD services and training, guide future ASD research, and inform policies promoting improved outcomes in health care and education for individuals with ASD.

Based on the findings, it is important for stakeholders in Minnesota to consider finding ways to lower the age of first evaluation by community providers. With 3% of the population affected by ASD, it is important to continue efforts to support diagnostic, educational, treatment, and transition to adulthood options for individuals with ASD. Minnesota currently has a workforce and provider shortage in the area of ASD diagnosis, intervention, and support services, and continued efforts are needed to train, recruit, and retain professionals and direct support workers in the field of ASD and to ensure reimbursement rates for these services cover their costs.