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Specialized Autism Services Unit

The NeuroDiagnostic Institute, located in Indianapolis, has a dedicated floor for specialized autism services, which provides adolescents on the autism spectrum and those with intellectual developmental delays, ages 12 to 17.5 years, with inpatient care focusing on behavioral stabilization, treatment and a care plan for a successful transition back into their communities.

Parents, guardians and caregivers play a vital role in the development of the patient’s treatment plan and will receive training to help the patient succeed after treatment.

The specialized services unit is operated by Damar Services in partnership with the IU School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry. A unique component of the program is both pre- and post-admission support provided through IU’s HANDS in Autism team. The inpatient component is just one small part of the complete treatment package provided by Damar’s NDI program.

Referral and criteria for admission

Individuals may be referred to Damar Services to receive specialized services from community mental health centers, Indiana Department of Child Services, school, medical providers, parents, guardians or caregivers. All referrals must be signed off on my the child’s primary care physician.

Individuals must also meet the following criteria for admission:

  • Adolescents with autism or intellectual developmental delays, 12 to 17.5 years
  • Resident of Indiana
  • Needs immediate stabilization of behavioral issues
  • Behaviors have not been effectively managed in the home, community or school
  • An engaged parent, guardian or caregiver with whom to return upon discharge from the inpatient portion of treatment


To learn more about the specialized services available at the NDI or if you have a loved one who meets the referral criteria please call 317-941-4180 or email