January 17, 2018

Hospital for Special Care receives $150K grant to help expand autism services

The American Savings Foundation has awarded a $150,000 grant to support expansion of the Autism Center at Hospital for Special Care in New Britain, including development of a partial hospitalization program and an education and day center.

The partial hospital program and education and day center will complement current outpatient and inpatient services at the Autism Center at HSC, the hospital said.

HSC President and CEO Lynn Ricci said late last year that a partial hospital program was an attractive and less-expensive alternative to expanding HSC's inpatient unit, which the hospital hopes eventually to be able to afford. The partial hospital program will help youth with autism whose condition is too severe for school programs or who cannot be discharged from the inpatient unit because of lack of community support, she said then.

The partial hospital program would be an intensive short-term program to treat patients during the day before returning to their families at night, Ricci said.

Maria Falvo, president and CEO of American Savings Foundation, said the new program will help reduce waiting lists for inpatient care by creating a resource for youth who need more intense services than are currently available at an outpatient level.

The Autism Center at HSC, which serves youth and families from across Connecticut, has an eight-bed inpatient unit and an outpatient center providing nearly 6,000 visits annually.

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