Neurodiagnostic Institute (NDI)

A state-of-the-art autism services unit at the state’s psychiatric hospital – Community Hospital East – and community partnership for sustainability and prevention of re-admission, funded by the Indiana Family and Social Services Administration. NDI delivers advanced evaluation and treatment for patients with the most challenging and complex neuropsychiatric illnesses and moves them more efficiently into the most appropriate treatment settings within the community or state mental health system. Learn more

“Bringing the resources of three major players represents the largest autism-treatment collaboration in Indiana to date. We are excited to begin this collaboration and look forward to positive outcomes for Hoosier families.”    

Jerry Sheward, M.D., superintendent and chief medical director at the NDI. 

The NDI multidisciplinary collaborator team includes:

  • IU School of Medicine (Department of Psychiatry) and IU Health: providers and faculty working closely with Damar to provide medical, psychiatric and behavioral sciences supports
  • HANDS in Autism® Interdisciplinary Training and Resource Center (IU School of Medicine): Pre-hospitalization needs assessment; on-site support of unit employees and patients; family, school, and community training, and post-hospitalization support for sustainability. Interview with HANDS Leadership
  • Damar: Day-to-day operation of the 10-bed NDI unit at the Community Hospital East. Provision of education services, stabilization of behavior, ABA, and behavioral training supports. Helping individuals develop functional and self-management skills generalizable to the home and community living. Unit video tour. Download flyer

Eligibility and Referral

  • Age: 12-18
  • Presenting behavioral/psychiatric symptoms are of such severity and/or intensity that the individual is a danger to him/herself and is unable to be managed in the home/care setting while participating in the program
  • Previous trial of outpatient medication management and/or behavioral therapy with no or limited positive outcomes
  • Documented or suspected diagnosis of intellectual or developmental disabilities, or has a diagnosis of an autism spectrum disorder
  • Resident of Indiana
  • Referral by a medical provider is required. Access online referral form

For questions related to eligibility, hospitalization, insurance among others contact Damar:

Learn more at the FSSA website: