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One way that SPHARC serves as a resource is by providing technical assistance (TA) to support states, particularly Title V Maternal and Child Health (MCH) programs, to learn how to implement or adapt a specific practice to improve systems of care for children and youth with ASD/DD in their state. TA can include intensive one-on-one support from SPHARC staff on a specific topic or skill, creating collaborative cross-state learning opportunities, planning and hosting webinars, and supporting in-person site visits or other trainings.


Examples of past TA include:

 In-person site visits to learn how other states run an ECHO Autism
 Support to attend virtual ECHO in Education Immersion Training
Autism in Black webinar, “The Black Side of Autism”
 Training on how to use AMCHP’s Data Integration Toolkit


Mentorship/Site Visit project

AMCHP has funds to provide TA for states to receive mentorship from another state on replicating or adapting an effective practice to improve systems of care for children, youth and families with ASD/DD. States are asked to demonstrate their need for the specific TA, how it relates to their HRSA grant needs and/or objectives, and readiness and capacity to implement the practice.

Funds can be used to support travel to receive mentorship/TA (e.g. travel to the mentoring state or travel to bring a mentor to your state) as well as meeting or site visit supplies. Funds cannot be used to pay for salaried employees, equipment, software, conference or course registration, personnel or indirect expenses. Up to $1,500-$2,000 is available for each application. Learn more about requesting support for the Mentorship/Site Visit project

This image is of our teammate Maura sitting at a table with a breakout group having a conversation during SPHARC's 2022 Peer-to-Peer Exchange.

General Technical Assistance

SPHARC also accepts general TA requests from anyone working to improve systems of care for those with ASD/DD and their families. Any unused funds from the grantee-only Technical Assistance projects will be made available to fulfill these requests. AMCHP will process these requests in the order they are received. Learn more about requesting support for General Technical Assistance


Below are testimonials from people who have participated in SPHARC TA opportunities. 

“I was inspired to do self-reflection to examine what I needed to know to understand the application of this powerful model more fully through my own lens.”

“This workshop brought a lot of awareness to a topic that deserves to be discussed more often.”

“I loved the information sharing. I feel like I learned so much about best practices in other states, and definitely feel like I’m going to “steal” ideas!”

“[I found most valuable] hearing from others with similar goals and missions; time to think about growth opportunities; learning about available resources through the network.”

“This program was very valuable. It allowed our team to practice using the technology that will be utilized for our own program. In addition, the ECHO team will provide ongoing support for our ECHO model.”