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Wisconsin Care Integration Initiative (WiCII)

Gail Chödrön, PhD, Project Director

The Waisman Center is recruiting primary care clinics in Wisconsin to participate in a quality improvement initiative to improve access to early intervention among medically underserved families of children with or at risk for autism and other developmental disabilities through improving primary care practice capacity to ensure patients have access to:

  • developmental and autism surveillance and screening and referral, and
  • family navigation services

Practices will participate in a learning community for between 2-4 years, and medically underserved families of children age 0-5 years with a developmental concern will receive free access to Waisman Center family navigation services.

Benefits of participating:

Participating clinics will have access to free:

  • Family navigation services for medically underserved families of children age 0-5 years with developmental concern
  • Training and technical assistance
  • Continuing education credits (CME, MOC part 4 and/or other relevant credits; free.
  • Developmental and autism screening tools in multiple languages (as needed)
  • Priority access to additional Waisman Center education opportunities (e.g., ECHO autism; training on medical management of autism and other developmental disabilities, comorbidities, etc.).

Practices that can participate:

  • Provide primary care to children ages 0-5 years who meet criteria for medically underserved (e.g., medically underserved area or population, health provider shortage area, federally qualified health center, Medicaid-eligible).
  • Commit to conducting developmental and autism screening
  • Able to participating in monthly learning community (monthly distance meeting attended by primary care provider, nurse coordinator, or other appropriate staff)
  • Able to track and report on relevant EMR data (e.g., # patients age 0-71 months; # receiving screening; # identified with developmental concern; # referrals; etc)


The initiative is currently active and continues through August 2023. Recruitment of new practices will continue until service capacity has been reached. Recruitment is anticipated to close in January 2020.

For more information contact:

Nicole Brys, Project Coordinator

nabrys@wisc.edu, 608-262-5022