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BAS Adult Programs

One of the primary goals of the Bureau of Autism Services (BAS) has been to develop autism-specific programs for adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) not served by any system, the third recommendation of the Autism Task Force (DHS, 2004). Pennsylvania is leading the nation in the development and administration of autism-specific services for adults. The Commonwealth offers two program options for adults with ASD: the Adult Autism Waiver (AAW) and the Adult Community Autism Program (ACAP).

The Adult Autism Waiver (AAW) was created because the 2003 Autism Task Force recommended the establishment of a waiver that was similar in structure to existing Pennsylvania waivers. In an effort to explore trends in innovative service models, the Bureau also created a second model that is very different in structure from traditional Home and Community Based Services waivers. This model was named the Adult Community Autism Program, typically referred to as ACAP.

The Adult Autism Waiver and the Adult Community Autism Program are funded through a combination of state monies and federal monies.