San Juan County Autism Collaborative (SJCAC)
San Juan County has formed a Center of Excellence School Medical Autism Review Team (SMART) that is able to accept referrals for Autism evaluation and diagnosis. The team accepts referrals from a child’s primary health care provider. If a child does not have a health care provider we encourage families/ caregivers to call the San Juan County Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs Coordinator at 360-370-7518 to help get connected into care. For children under age 3 please contact STEPS 360-679-1039.
Referral and Evaluation Process for concerns regarding Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)
Screening; A screening tool identifies a child who is at risk for a diagnosis of autism. Examples of developmental screening tools include: MCHAT (Modified Checklist for Autism in Toddlers), ASQ (Ages and Stages Questionnaire), CAST (Childhood Autism Spectrum Test). A screening tool does not determine if a child has Autism. Please contact the child’s health care provider for questions about screening for Autism.
Evaluation process: If a screening tool identifies an area of concern, a formal developmental evaluation may be needed. The formal evaluation provides a more in-depth look at a child’s development, usually done by a specialist, such as a developmental pediatrician, child psychologist, speech-language pathologist, occupational therapist, or other specialist. Please complete this Authorization for Release of Records form if interested in starting the evaluation process (en español).
SJCAC Resource Guide
Last edited: November 6, 2023.