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N. Carolina: 18 mo wait for ASD diagnosis; demand exceed what's available

Jan 3, 2018, Public News Service: NC Autism Services Struggle to Keep Up with Demand http://www.publicnewsservice.org/2018-01-03/health-issues/nc-autism-services-struggle-to-keep-up-with-demand/a60869-1 Rates of autism diagnosis are on the increase in North Carolina, up 30 percent since 2012. But in many parts of the state, families are waiting up to 18 months for the initial evaluation. … Johnson says since opening in a temporary location, the Autism Clinic has been able to keep wait periods to six to 10 weeks. … Johnson says as a result, the demand for such services is currently exceeding what is available in many parts of the state. "There just aren't enough providers because, as you can imagine, when a law like that goes into effect, it's not just like the providers are sitting around waiting for that,” she explains. “So our state has to catch up." With this expansion, the Autism Clinic, which currently serves 350 children annually and employs 60 people, is expected to more than double its capacity and staff size within two years.