Who’s eligible for the LifeNet Massachusetts 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 within ~1 hour drive from AANE’s offices in Watertown, MA (if you're interested in LifeNet but live elsewhere, complete the form below 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?
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. We’re now enrolling our third Massachusetts group for support beginning in Spring 2021, with several openings still available as of this writing.
If you are considering joining the next 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.