Autism Services
Welcome to the Bureau of Autism Services, Office of Developmental Programs. The information shared in this site is intended to communicate the Department of Human Services’ efforts to enhance the quality of life and independence of Pennsylvanians with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), and to support their families and caregivers.
 
You can contact us by using the "Contact Us" form or calling 866-539-7689. Mailing address: Department of Human Services, Office of Developmental Programs, Bureau of Autism Services; P.O. Box 2675; Harrisburg, PA 17105.
 
Pennsylvania's Adult Autism Programs
The Bureau of Autism Services administers two programs for adults with autism, the Adult Autism Waiver (AAW) and the Adult Community Autism Program (ACAP).
 
Call toll-free in PA: 1-866-539-7689 to request an application for either program, and to be added to the Interest List.
 
Applications will be sent until the programs reach capacity. Requests for applications will be processed for each program in the order they were received. This will be based on the date and time individuals first called the toll-free number to request an application for that program. Additional information about the application process for each program can be found by clicking the links below.
 

BAS Adult Programs Overview

Adult Community Autism Program (ACAP)

Adult Autism Waiver (AAW)

To view/download the latest version of the PA Adult Autism Waiver, click here: PA Adult Autism Waiver

Adult Autism Waiver Services & Supports Directory: The Adult Autism Waiver Services & Supports Directory (SSD) lists all Adult Autism Waiver providers and is searchable by service and/or county. https://www.compass.state.pa.us/compass.web/EPProviderSearch/Pgm/EPWEL.aspx?prg=AAW

Autism Services, Education, Resources & Training Collaborative (ASERT) 

The ASERT Collaborative (Autism Services, Education, Resources and Training)  is a key component of the Bureau of Autism Services’ strategy for supporting individuals with autism and their families throughout the Commonwealth. Connect with ASERT’s Statewide Resource Center by visiting PAautism.org, calling toll-free in PA: 877-231-4244 or via email: info@PAautism.org or ASERTespanol@PAautism.org (Español).
 

Virtual Training & Resource Center (VTC)
The BAS Virtual Training & Resource Center (VTC) is is an online platform that hosts free virtual trainings and other resources for professionals. It is primarily used by:
  • Adult Autism Waiver (AAW) providers accessing required and supplemental trainings
  • ACT 62 Behavior Specialist Licensure (BSL) applicants interested in trainings that can be applied toward the 90 hour requirement
  • Professionals accessing the BAS Functional Behavior Assessment (FBA) required post-test and online trainer workshop
Individuals, families and other professionals interested in regional resources and training opportunities are encouraged to visit the ASERT website.
 
PA Autism Insurance Act (Act 62)
If you or someone you know is the parent of a child with autism, click here for information and resources about the PA Autism Insurance Act (Act 62) 
 
What to do if your child is enrolled in Medical Assistance and you have concerns about Applied Behavioral Analysis
If you are having a problem getting Applied Behavioral Analysis (“ABA”) for your child that you have not been able to resolve with your Behavioral Health Managed Care Organization or the county, you may contact Jill Weaver at 717-409-3791 or ABA@pa.gov.
 
To access the following reports, use the links beloW.

The Executive Summary of the Final Report of the Autism Task Force, released in 2004.

The original Pennsylvania Autism Census Project Final Report, released in 2009.

The 2014 Autism Census Study Update: View comprehensive findings and other information

The statewide Pennsylvania Autism Needs Assessment Reports: A Survey of Individuals and Families Living with Autism

Housing Report: Housing Options for Adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder