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Beginning in 2012, the Department of Pediatrics at Indiana University School of Medicine created a network of Early Evaluation Hubs throughout the state, stretching from South Bend to Evansville. In 2018, community-based providers at these hubs evaluated more than 900 children. Notably, children seen in the hubs are receiving their diagnoses of autism and/or developmental delay before age three. The goal is to continue to expand this hub model and to further develop a navigation system for families to access evidence-based interventions in a timely manner after their child’s diagnosis.

Early Evaluation Hubs

The Neurodevelopmental Behavioral System of Care is a statewide effort in Indiana to improve early detection and intervention for children ages 1-4 years old with autism or developmental delay. By training primary care physicians throughout the state to recognize the signs and perform an evaluation for autism and other neurodevelopmental conditions, the program addresses the long-standing nationwide problem of long wait times for families who are seeking evaluation for a developmental concern. At Riley Hospital for Children in Indianapolis, prior to the start of this project, the average wait time from referral to patient visit was over a year, meaning many children missed the early-detection window.

After a positive screen by their local pediatrician, children at risk for developmental delay can receive further evaluation and diagnosis at an Early Evaluation Hub within their own communities. The hubs also facilitate referral to Riley Hospital for Children for those who need additional assessments after the hub visit. The system has reduced the wait time for evaluation from one year to less than three months, resulting in reduced age of diagnosis.

The Early Evaluation Hub program has trained and coached practices throughout Indiana to perform early evaluations of young children with developmental concerns. This has decreased the age of diagnosis of developmental delays and autism spectrum disorder among participants to under age three, but there is still additional outreach needed to drop the average age across the whole state.

Important first-step drivers in the health care system for decreasing the age of identification of developmental delay and entry into interventional services are primary care physicians (who provide developmental screening) and diagnosis and evaluation services. The Neurodevelopmental Behavioral System of Care is addressing these drivers through outreach, training and coaching supports to primary care practices to ensure children demonstrating early signs of neurodevelopmental conditions are evaluated appropriately as soon as possible.

Services at Early Evaluation Hubs

At the Early Evaluation Hubs, children receive a Screening Tool for Autism in Toddlers and Young Children (STAT) assessment and diagnostic interview by a trained team of physicians, nurses and care coordinators. The Early Evaluation Hubs help families then navigate local services to get the interventions each child needs. Hub teams participate in a learning community to work on quality and system improvements together.

  • Anderson

    Community Health Network

    1629 Medical Arts Blvd., #200

    Anderson, IN 46011

    765-298-5439

    *Community Health Network referrals only

  • Bloomington

    IU Health Riley Physicians

    4935 W. Arlington Rd.

    Bloomington, IN 47404

    812-353-3785     

  • Greenwood

    Community Physician Network Family

    Medicine And Pediatric Care

    3000 S. State Rd. 135, Ste. 310

    Greenwood, IN, 46143

    317-497-2400

    * Community Health Network referrals only

  • Indianapolis

    Riley Pediatric Care Center

    1002 Wishard Blvd, Suite 2000

    Indianapolis, IN 46202

    317-944-4846   

  • Lafayette

    IU Health Arnett

    2600 Greenbush

    Lafayette, IN 47904

    765-448-8000 (ask for Peds triage)

    * IU Heath Arnett referrals only

  • New Albany

    ALL IN Pediatrics

    2305 Green Valley Rd.

    New Albany, IN 47150

    812-949-0405

    *ALL IN Pediatrics referrals only

  • Newburgh

    Deaconess Riley Children’s

    Specialty Center

    4209 Gateway Blvd., MOB 2

    Suite 1100

    Newburgh, IN 47630

    812-858-3131   

  • South Bend

    Primary Care Partners of South Bend

    300 South St. Louis, Suite 204

    South Bend, IN 46617

    574-251-1200   

  • Warsaw

    Lutheran Health Physicians

    Pediatric Healthcare

    902 Provident Drive, Ste A

    Warsaw, IN 46580

    574-269-8338