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Autism Spectrum Disorder Resources

At Community Care, our goal is to improve the health and well-being of the community through delivery of effective and accessible behavioral health services. Since our inception in 1999, Community Care has been active in improving quality of care and accessibility to an array of services for our members with an Autism Spectrum Diagnosis.

Autism Handbook

Determining whether a child may have special needs can be difficult and overwhelming. This handbook was developed to help parents and caregivers navigate the Pennsylvania mental health system and answer many of the questions that often arise when children receive initial evaluations or begin receiving services. It was written from a parent’s perspective and was designed to provide parents with a guide that provides basic information about behavioral health services available to their child and how to access these services.

To view the handbook for your area, click the link of the area in which you live (PDF 2MB).

Allegheny | Carbon/Monroe/Pike | Chester | Dubois | North Central | North East | State College | York/Adams, Berks

Questions and Answers about Autism Spectrum Disorder Services

Do you have questions about Autism Spectrum Disorder Services in Allegheny County? Community Care has developed a newsletter which provides important information to families about BHRS and what families can do if they have questions about services for their child with ASD and/or are not satisfied with the services their child is receiving. To view the newsletter, click here (PDF 16 pages 316KB).

BHRS for Autism Spectrum Disorders Performance Standards

Performance Standards are intended to provide a foundation and serve as a tool to promote continuous quality improvement and progression toward best practice performances, to increase the consistency of service delivery and to improve outcomes for members. To view the BHRS for Autism Spectrum Disorders Performance Standards, click here (PDF 80 pages 259KB).

ABA Guidelines for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder

Applied behavioral analysis (ABA) is the design, implementation and evaluation of environmental modifications, using behavioral stimuli and consequences, to produce socially significant improvement in human behavior or to prevent loss of attained skill or function, including the use of direct observation, measurement and functional analysis of the relations between environment and behavior. ABA is used to develop needed skills (behavioral, social, communicative, and adaptive functioning) through the use of reinforcement, prompting, task analysis, or other appropriate interventions in order for a child or adolescent to master each step necessary to achieve a targeted behavior. View the medical necessity guidelines for ABA services for children/youth with autism spectrum disorder.

FBA Frequently Asked Questions

Click here to view answers to frequently asked questions about Functional Behavioral Assessments (PDF 4 pages 26 KB).