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The ASERT Resource Center serves as Pennsylvania’s leading source for up-to-date and accurate information and resources for individuals with autism, their families, the community and the professionals who support them. Contact the ASERT resource center to speak with a resource specialist who can help you learn how to discover and access resources in Pennsylvania. The resource center is open Monday-Friday from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

When should I contact the Resource Center?

If you have additional questions about information you found on PAautism.org or would like to invite an outreach specialist to attend an event, conference, or support group, someone at the resource center can assist you.

Be sure to visit the following pages below here on PAautism.org to find helpful information. If you still have additional questions, contact the Resource Center.

By phone
M-F 8:00am to 5:00pm EST
1-877-231-4244

Are you located outside of Pennsylvania?
The ASERT resource center is focused on specific resources in Pennsylvania. If you are in another state, the resources specialists will not be able to help you. Please visit the resources section of PAautism.org, as some of the online resources may be applicable to residents of other states.

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    Pennsylvania Autism Census Update

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  • What is ASERT?

    What is ASERT?

    The ASERT collaborative is a partnership of medical centers, centers of autism research and services, universities and other providers of services involved in the treatment and care of individuals of all ages with autism and their families.

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PA Autism Census Update Highlights Dramatic Increase in Numbers

In 2005, the Bureau of Autism Services within the PA Department of Human Services commissioned an administrative census of the number of individuals with autism receiving services in Pennsylvania. The Pennsylvania Autism Census found almost 20,000 Pennsylvanians with autism receiving services. The Pennsylvania Autism Census Update used new data from 2011 and found that this number increased to over 55,000 children, adolescents, and adults. Visit the link below to learn more about the updated PA Autism Census, and find data for individual counties using the interactive map.

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  • What is ASERT?

    What is ASERT?

    ASERT, the Autism Services, Education, Resources and Training Collaborative, brings together resources locally, regionally, and statewide.

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    Learn about initiatives of the PA Bureau of Autism Services ASERT Collaborative and how their partnership improves the lives of Pennsylvanians with autism.

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BAS Announcement: Availability of the Adult Autism Waiver Amendment Submitted to CMS

posted: Aug 06, 2015

The Office of Developmental Programs (ODP), Bureau of Autism Services (BAS) has submitted a prospective amendment to the Adult Autism Waiver to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). The Bureau of Autism Services submitted an amendment to the Adult Autism Waiver (AAW) on July 31, 2015. The purpose of this amendment is to incorporate changes that are being developed as part of Pennsylvania’s implementation of the No Wrong Door requirement in the Balancing Incentive Program and to remove references in the AAW to the ICD-9 codes and the DSM-IV. The Department is pleased to be a participant in the Federal Balancing Incentive Program (BIP). Participation in BIP will allow the Department to build upon current efforts to rebalance the delivery of long-term services and supports. The Department will implement the required structural changes under BIP including improved access to services with a No Wrong Door approach.  read more

Final Decision Memorandum on Speech Generating Devices

posted: Jul 30, 2015

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released a Final Decision Memorandum on July 29, 2015 related to Speech Generating Devices. Part of the text of that memorandum is included below. The scope of benefit national coverage determination (NCD) for speech generating devices at §50.1 of Chapter 1, Part 1 of the Medicare National Coverage Determinations Manual is revised to read as follows: Speech Generating Devices Speech generating devices are considered to fall within the durable medical equipment benefit category established by § 1861(n) of the Social Security Act. They are covered for patients who suffer from a severe speech impairment and have a medical condition that warrants the use of a device based on the following definitions.  read more

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