Family and Individual Healthcare Experiences to Be Shared with Healthcare Consortium

June 14, 2023

In April, Autism New Jersey announced the creation of our Healthcare Consortium, a group of leaders within healthcare and autism treatment dedicated to improving access to high quality and compassionate healthcare for those with autism.

The Autism New Jersey Healthcare Consortium members include Chris Rinn, MHA, CEO of the Visiting Nurses Association of Central Jersey Community Health Center; Nickolas Carros, DSW, LCSW, Senior Director of Behavioral Health Clinical Services for Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey; Jennifer LeComte, D.O., Medical Director of Rowan Virtua Regionally Integrated Special Needs Center; and Paul Aronsohn, New Jersey’s Ombudsman for Individuals with Intellectual or Developmental Disabilities and Their Families.

Leaders at some of New Jersey’s most well-known autism service organizations such as NeurAbilities, Bancroft, First Children Services, Graham Behavior Services, and REED Autism Services have also joined this work.

Finally, representatives from Hackensack Meridian Health, Hackensack Meridian School of Medicine, Inspira Health, Virtua Health, and Cooper University Healthcare are part of the consortium.

Autism New Jersey appreciates all the consortium members’ willingness to contribute their time and expertise to this important work.

The Autism New Jersey Consortium’s first meeting is scheduled for July to allow members to network, share their current efforts, and most importantly, collaborate on the direction and goals of the consortium. To help the consortium prioritize its work, Autism New Jersey will be sharing the results of our ongoing Healthcare Experiences survey. It’s important for healthcare leaders to hear the lived experiences of families of individuals with autism and autistic individuals.

We’ve received so many poignant and thoughtful responses, and we want to continue to hear your voices! Please tell us about your experiences in accessing healthcare to inform the Autism New Jersey Healthcare Consortium direction and work.