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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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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.


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.


Pennsylvania Department of Human Services Celebrates the 25th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act Twenty-five years ago the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) ushered in a new era of increased protections and opportunities for individuals with disabilities. The ADA prohibits discrimination against people with disabilities and guarantees them equal rights. Today, the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services (DHS) celebrates this milestone and the approximately 1.7 million Pennsylvanians with disabilities whose quality of life it helped improve.


According to the PA Autism Needs Assessment, caregivers reported difficulty finding providers who understood and could address the needs of individuals, particularly adults, with Autism Spectrum Disorder. These finding align with literature that most general healthcare providers have little knowledge related to the treatment and care needs of individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder. An analysis of events reported to the Pennsylvania Patient Safety Authority involving patients with Autism Spectrum Disorder revealed concerns similar to those reported in the needs assessment and the literature. Dr. Arvind Venkat and Dr. Joann Migyanka from ASERT's western region have partnered with the Pennsylvania Patient Safety Authority in creating awareness of the need to educate healthcare providers in the needs of adults and children with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Dr. Venkat and Dr. Migyanka participated in a review and analysis of current data from the Pennsylvania Patient Safety Authority to illustrate ways to improve care for patients with Autism Spectrum Disorder in the acute care setting.


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