Date lodged: 12 March 2019
To ask the Scottish Government what the maximum waiting time is for an autism diagnosis after request for assessment.
Answered by: Clare Haughey 25 March 2019
The Scottish Government is committed to improving the lives of autistic people through the implementation of the Scottish Strategy for Autism.
Autism assessments are a matter for Integration Authorities (IAs) and Health and Social Care Partnerships. Waiting times vary across Scotland.
We absolutely understand the anxiety and frustration that waiting for a diagnosis causes for autistic people and their families – and we want every child, young person and adult to have access to the right services and support. That is why we are investing in a National Autism Implementation Team to support Health and Social Care Partnerships to consider best practice in the redesigning of autism diagnostic services.
We are engaging with local Health and Social Care Partnerships across Scotland about why it is so important for them to increase capacity for autism diagnostic services and for them to redesign services that are sustainable.
We also recognise the importance of support after diagnosis and that is why we are developing a national resource to provide consistent information and support to autistic people and their families following a diagnosis.