Note: Here's a report from Safeminds on IACC, which my Dad, would have said "Is as useful as the sleeves on a vest." Safeminds is far kinder than I am. They use the word "sluggish," while I would say, "willfully constipated because they don't give a sh*t." Kim
IACC Releases Autism Strategic Plan Update 10 Months Late
Top Federal Autism Committee Hasn’t Met for Over a Year
On August 11, the Office of Autism Research Coordination (OARC) of the National Institute of Mental Health announced the release of its 2018-2019 Update to the IACC Strategic Plan For Autism Spectrum Disorder. The Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee, or IACC, is the primary advisory body designated by Congress to address activities related to autism by the Federal Government. It was reauthorized and funded under the Autism CARES Act passed in 2019 and is charged with drafting and updating the autism strategic plan each year.
The 2018-2019 Strategic Plan contains valuable updates to the previous Strategic Plan of 2016-2017, including the need to double the research budget, treat co-occurring mental and physical health conditions, and address racial disparities and housing options. Unfortunately, the updated Plan is almost a year late in being released. The previous plan for 2016-2017 had a publication date of October 2017, while the new report is only now coming out in August 2020, representing a 10 month delay. Strategic Plans are meant to guide future planning and resource allocation, so a delay means the Government has been directionless in prioritizing its autism activities for 2020.
Adding to the sluggishness of the Federal response to autism, the IACC itself has not convened since July of last year, even though it is Congressionally mandated to meet at least twice a year. Historically, it has met quarterly. Read more here.