AANE has partnered with another trusted non-profit organization, Autism Services and Resources Connecticut (ASRC), to bring the LifeNet program to Connecticut. We are starting the intake process for service beginning in April. Several slots are still open! Learn more below.
Who’s eligible for the LifeNet Connecticut program?
To ensure we can meet the needs of all LifeNet clients who enroll in this new program, we’ve developed specific eligibility criteria to guide us, including:
- Geography: adult lives in Connecticut between and including Greater Hartford and Greater New Haven, with exact service area to be determined based on demand. (If you live outside these areas, please complete the form below anyway so we can assess demand for future expansion.)
- Age: adults 21+ (will consider younger adults if they are otherwise eligible)
- Diagnosis: Asperger's or similar autism spectrum profile is the primary condition
- Co-occurring conditions (e.g. significant mental health needs): will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis, but is/are not the primary diagnosis/es
- Level of need: adult should be able to live independently with LifeNet-level support
- Willingness: must be open to engaging and receiving support from the LifeNet Team
- Client/family resources to fund program: see tiers and fees immediately below
What are the different tiers of LifeNet service, and how much do they cost?
Service tiers, fees, and other program elements are subject to modification as we roll out this program in Connecticut.
Based on individual needs, resources, preferences, family involvement and other factors, eligible adults/families would be able to register for one of the three levels of LifeNet service:
Tier 1 (‘Comprehensive’ level): The top level of LifeNet service for adults and their parents who want or need to activate the full support team structure now, given their age, health status, geographic distance or other factors. Comprehensive offers the most time and frequency of interactions between the adult client and their LifeNet Team members.
Cost: $24,000/year, with a one-time in-take/personal plan development fee of $1,000.
Tier 2 (‘Basic’ level): A middle level of LifeNet service for those who need less time and support at this stage of the adult’s life than the Comprehensive level, but who want to put the support team in place now for a potential transition in the coming years.
Cost: $12,000/year, with a one-time in-take/personal plan development fee of $1,000.
Tier 3 (‘Introductory’ level): An entry level of LifeNet service, with less frequent interactions than the Comprehensive and Basic tiers, for those who want to begin establishing new support relationships for their adult child now, with an eye toward moving to a higher level of service if and when needed in the future.
Cost: $7,000/year, with a one-time in-take/personal plan development fee of $1,000.
Clients have the ability to move between tiers as their needs change.
Note: In order for AANE to cover our costs and launch this program in a financially sustainable way, there will be no financial aid available at the outset. However, we are actively building the evidence base proving the value of this new program, which we will bring to public and private funders to help make LifeNet accessible to all those who qualify, regardless of income or assets.
We’re interested in learning more. What is my next step?
LifeNet began supporting our first two groups of LifeNet adults and their families in Greater Boston/Eastern Massachusetts in 2019 and 2020, and we're now enrolling our third group there.
We are now enrolling our first group of adults/families in Connecticut, for support beginning in Spring 2021. As of this writing, more than 75% of the slots for this new group are filled, but there is space available and still time to enroll.
If you are considering joining this first LifeNet group, or may wish to join a future group, please complete the no-obligation form below and click Submit. We will then email or call you with more information about LifeNet to help you decide and take next steps.