ASERT Does Not Offer Crisis Services
If you or someone you love is experiencing mental health distress or thoughts of suicide please call or text 988 for support.
This information sheet from ASERT provides suggestions on how to find a therapist and other service providers as well as important questions to ask to ensure the provider will be the best one for your child.
Locating a professional to provide cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), speech therapy (ST), occupational therapy (OT), physical therapy (PT), ABA, talk therapy, and a variety of other services can be difficult. Here are some suggestions to help find a therapist as well as questions to make sure the therapist will be the best one for your child.
In Pennsylvania, your child’s autism-related services may be covered by private health insurance, Medical Assistance (MA) or the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) under Pennsylvania’s Autism Insurance Act (Act 62). ACT 62 is a statewide insurance mandate specific to services provided to children and adolescents with autism.
This will help you know what your options are for providers in your insurance network.
Medical Assistance (MA), also known as Medicaid, is an important payer for autism services. Even if you have private insurance, MA can be used as a secondary insurance to cover co-pays and additional services for your child. All behavioral health services are covered under managed care, so if you are trying to get Behavioral Health Rehabilitation Services (BHRS), you will need to apply for MA.
The Special Needs Unit (SNU) for the health plan you selected through HealthChoices can help you locate a provider with the specialized services your child requires.
Ask for referrals from your developmental pediatrician, family doctor, psychiatrist, psychologist, neurologist, or any other provider that works with your child.
Get personal reviews from other parents of the providers they have used in the past.
This program provides support and advocacy services to individuals of any age with a developmental disability.
This information was developed by the Autism Services, Education, Resources, and Training Collaborative (ASERT). For more information, please contact ASERT at 877-231-4244 or info@PAautism.org. ASERT is funded by the Bureau of Supports for Autism and Special Populations, PA Department of Human Services.