What is Bedfordshire’s Think Autism Partnership Board?

The Bedfordshire Think Autism Partnership Board is a meeting held every 3 months to discuss the local autism agenda. The membership of the group is made up of local providers and local services, local residents with autism and carers of people with autism, 3 local Councils and Health.  The partnership board covers the whole of Bedfordshire and is organised by Autism Bedfordshire in partnership with Central Bedfordshire Council, Bedford Borough Council, Luton Borough Council, and the Bedfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group.

The autism partnership board meetings began in 2012 and each meeting is co-chaired by a Central Bedfordshire resident who has autism and the Central Bedfordshire Council Assistant Director for Commissioning.

The purpose of the Bedfordshire Think Autism Partnership Board is to:

  • review and consider current guidance and policy at national and local level relating to autism
  • map local needs, resources and identify gaps to inform the commissioning of future services
  • improve multi agency  working
  • facilitate implementation of local autism strategies
  • stimulate and encourage the development of a long term strategy to improve local support services for adults with autism

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