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University of Southern California
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USC Chan Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy
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Research
Research

Health Services Utilization of Autistic Youth: Are Therapeutic Services Associated with Reduced Acute Psychiatric Care?

Principal Investigator: Amber Angell
Mentor: Timothy Reistetter (University of Texas at San Antonio)

Project Period: 10/01/20 – 9/30/22
Funding Source: American Occupational Therapy Association
Award Number: AOTFHSR20
Anticipated Award: $99,998

Autistic youth have high utilization of acute psychiatric healthcare, including psychiatric hospitalizations and using the emergency department for psychiatric reasons, which may indicate that they do not receive sufficient lower-level health services. Community-based therapeutic services like occupational, behavioral, speech, and physical therapy may be beneficial for autistic youth by reducing their need for acute psychiatric care. This study uses the OneFlorida Data Trust, a large Florida database of health records for over half of Florida’s large and diverse population. The purpose of this study is to investigate associations between therapeutic and acute psychiatric service utilization among autistic youth in Florida.