Autism Services

Autism Services

Welcome to the Bureau of Autism Services our goal is to provide ongoing communication about the Department of Public Welfare’s work in helping people with an autism spectrum disorder, while working with families and individuals to help them reach their personal goals and live an everyday life.  Please scroll through the page to learn what Pennsylvania is doing to help families and adults with autism. We are committed to hearing your questions, concerns and suggestions about the department’s initiatives.

You can contact us or call the Bureau of Autism Services at 1-866-539-7689.

Mailing address:
Department of Public Welfare
Bureau of Autism Services
P.O. Box 2675; 605 Health and Welfare Building
Harrisburg, PA 17105Bureau of Autism Services Mission and ValuesBureau of Autism Services – Newsletters and Webcasts
Bureau of Autism Services Upcoming Events

 PA Autism Training Conference  – Thank you for joining us at the 2011 conference! Please mark your calendars for next year:

  • Pa Autism Training Conference 2012 – June 12, 13, and 14, 2012

Adult Community Autism Program (ACAP)

The Adult Community Autism Program (ACAP) is one of two programs in Pennsylvania specifically designed to help adults with an autism spectrum disorder participate in their communities in the way that they want. ACAP is the first program of its kind in the nation! ACAP will serve 200 people, currently in only four counties – Dauphin, Cumberland, Chester, and Lancaster. If you have questions or would like to request an application, please call our toll-free number 1-866-539-7689

Adult Autism Waiver

The Adult Autism Waiver is one of two programs in Pennsylvania specifically designed to help adults with an autism spectrum disorder participate in their communities in the way they want. This statewide waiver program is designed to serve 200 individuals 21 years of age and older with an autism spectrum disorder. If you have questions or would like to request an application, please call our toll-free number 1-866-539-7689

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

2011 Bureau of Autism Services Family and Individual Mini Grants

The deadline for application submission for the 2011 Family and Individual Mini Grant has passed and we are currently processing applications.  Award letters will be sent beginning May 16, 2011, and on an on-going basis through the end of the fiscal year. Every effort will be made to send out denial letters once all of the funds for the grant have been exhausted. We cannot return calls inquiring about the status of your grant application.

Applications were due (postmarked by):April 15, 2011
Notification of awards sent by mail on a rolling basis beginning on or about:May 16, 2011 (on or about and continuing through the end of the fiscal year.)
Activities must occur between these dates:March 1, 2011 and Aug. 31, 2011

If you have been awarded a grant and need a reimbursement form please click here for a Respite Reimbursement Form or click here for a Reimbursement Form for Activities.

For Additional Information: Please refer to the Frequently Asked Questions, FAQ, for detailed information on how the funding is dispersed and what to do if you need to make a change to your grant funding once you have been awarded. 

 PA Autism Needs Assessment: A Survey of Individuals and Families Living with Autism

To understand the changing needs of the expanding and aging autism population, the Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare, Bureau of Autism Services (BAS) commissioned a survey to assess how or if the needs of individuals with autism and their families are met. The information collected from the survey is intended for policymakers, service providers, community organizations, and advocacy groups to better understand and address the needs of individuals affected by autism in Pennsylvania.

The Pennsylvania Autism Needs Assessment was conducted by the Bureau of Autism Services as part of its effort to improve care and quality of life for Pennsylvanians with autism and their families. The survey, which received more than 3,500 responses, is the largest of its type to date in the nation. We hope that the information will be helpful to policymakers, service providers, families and advocates in improving the quality of services and supports and allocating precious resources.

This effort has been a key task of the ASERT (Autism Services, Education, Resources and Training) Collaborative and has been led by University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, Center for Mental Health Policy and Services Research and the Center for Autism Research at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.

The findings are presented in a series of reports, which include specific recommendations for policy development, effective service design and delivery, and providing support to Pennsylvanians affected by autism. To review the reports, webcasts, or announcements about community opportunities for interactive dialogue around the findings, please visit http://www.paautism.org/asert/ or the Bureau of Autism Services Virtual Training and Resource Center 
Request for Applications (RFA) Issued – Autism Services, Education, Resources, and Training – ASERT

The Bureau of Autism Services, Office of Developmental Programs, issued a Request for Applications (RFA) on April 1, 2011 for grants for Autism Services, Education, Resources and Training Collaboratives. The purpose of the RFA is to identify three Regional ASERT Collaboratives in support of ODP/BAS’ mission and initiatives. The RFA is posted on the Department of General Services website at http://www.emarketplace.state.pa.us/Search.aspx. Enter Solicitation #02-11 (enter numbers and dashes only).

Pennsylvania Autism Census Project Final Report

The Bureau of Autism Services is pleased to share with you the Pennsylvania Autism Census Project Final Report. For more information on this study and the report, please go to the Pennsylvania Autism Census Project Final Report. The full report can be viewed at the BAS Virtual Training and Resource Center.

Housing Options for Adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder

In September 2008, the Bureau of Autism Services appointed a Housing Options Committee and charged them with assessing and identifying housing options for individuals with an Autism Spectrum Disorder. In their “Housing Options For Adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder” report, the committee details a first-ever, comprehensive look at the housing challenges and makes recommendations designed to increase housing options for individuals with an autism spectrum disorder. To review this very important report, go to: the Bureau of Autism Services Virtual Training and Resource Center (VTC).

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