Autism Collaborative

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).

Click here to access the San Juan County Autism Collaborative Resource Guide

Last edited: November 6, 2023.