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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.

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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, as some of the online resources may be applicable to residents of other states.


Mental Health Resource Bundle


This collection of resources focuses on the topic of mental health and provides general mental health information as well as specific resources related to: anxiety, depression, behavior, services and assessment, psychopharmacology,  and crisis intervention. 

Mental Illness: An Illness Like Any Other 

What you need to know about mental illnesses, including symptoms, causes, treatment, and recovery.

Mental Health America 

Promoting mental health awareness, prevention of mental and substance use conditions, and information about achieving victory over mental illnesses and addictions.

Autism Speaks Health Toolkit 

Information for individuals and their families about physical health, mental health and sexuality needs during transition to adulthood. 

Mental Health First Aid 

Skills to help someone who is developing a mental health problem or experiencing a mental health crisis.

Developmental Disabilities/Mental Illness as Applicable to ASD

Dual diagnosis (Developmental Disabilities/Mental Illness) as applicable to ASD and tools to address issues prevalent in this population. 

             Dual Diagnosis in the United States: Past, Present, Future

        The history of intellectual disability, including an understanding of the importance of remembering the past in order to
enhance the future, recognizing the history of abuse and neglect in both the mental health and intellectual disability population, and identifying ways in which the future of dual diagnosis services can benefit individuals with intellectual disability.


Recognizing and Managing Anxiety

Information about recognizing signs of anxiety, as well as tips and suggestions for managing anxiety.

How Anxiety Leads to Disruptive Behavior

Information about symptoms of anxiety and how it can appear as disruptive/oppositional behavior.

Biofeedback: A Mind-Body Approach for Stress Reduction

Introduction to the theory and technique of biofeedback and to the numerous modalities and devices used for stress reduction.

Anxiety in Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)

Strategies for assessing anxiety in individuals with ASD, as well as ways to approach the treatment of anxiety in individuals with ASD. 

Anxiety and Depression in ASD

Current best practices for individuals with autism that also have a co-occurring psychiatric disorder. 

Recognizing and Managing Depression

Information about recognizing signs of depression, as well as tips and suggestions for managing depression. 

Anxiety and Depression in ASD

Current best practices for individuals with autism that also have a co-occurring psychiatric disorder.

How Anxiety Leads to Disruptive Behavior

Information about symptoms of anxiety and how it can appear as disruptive/oppositional behavior.

Target Symptoms of Mental Illness vs Challenging Behavior

Defining target symptoms of mental illness, defining challenging behaviors, and recognizing the physical and environmental factors that can be confused with target symptoms of mental illness.

Behavioral Health Treatment Services Locator

The Behavioral Health Treatment Services Locator is a confidential and anonymous source of information for persons seeking treatment facilities in the United States or U.S. Territories for substance abuse/addiction and/or mental health problems.

You Are Not Alone

This booklet, developed by NAMI, describes the kind of non-medical services that promote recovery and are available in many communities for people with severe and persistent mental illnesses and their families.
Health Care Quality Units (HCQU)
Information about Health Care Quality Units (HCQUs) and where to locate them. 

County Based Behavioral Health, Intellectual Disabilities, and Early Intervention Services

Connect with Behavioral Health, Intellectual Disabilities, and Early Intervention programs by county.

PA HealthLaw Project 

PHLP provides free legal services to lower-income consumers, seniors, and persons with disabilities who are having trouble accessing publicly funded healthcare coverage or services.

Technical Assistance Center on Social Emotional Intervention

The Technical Assistance Center on Social Emotional Intervention for Young Children (TACSEI) takes research that shows which practices improve the social-emotional outcomes for young children with, or at risk for, delays or disabilities and creates FREE products and resources. 

Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports

The Technical Assistance Center on Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports is established to define, develop, implement, and evaluate a multi-tiered approach to Technical Assistance that improves the capacity of states, districts, and schools to establish, scale-up, and sustain the PBIS framework.

National Child Traumatic Stress Network

Connects users to access to care, treatment and services for traumatized children and adolescents exposed to traumatic events. 

The Behavioral Health Assessment and Treatment Process

This resource provides information on components of behavioral health and treatment, with considerations for psychiatric assessment. 

Psychopharmacology and ASD CE/CME Training

Increase healthcare professional knowledge and performance in service individuals with autism spectrum disorders through education regarding psychopharmacological interventions. 

Giving Medication at Home

Information about Medication Administration designed for lifesharers. 

Psychopharmacology Information Sheets

These information sheets provide information on psychopharmacology and answer common questions about the use of medication to treat autism.

Psychopharmacology Report: Recommendations for Treatment

This report provides multidisciplinary guidelines for the use of psychopharmacology in treating individuals with autism. 

What Might I need to Know About Managing a Crisis Situation

Information about how to create a safety plan, how to manage a crisis at home school, and in the community, and when hospitalization is the next step. 

Assuring Health and Safety: What Does That Mean for the Direct Support Professional?

This training explores the topic of health and safety, including but not limited to incident management; abuse and neglect prevention and reporting; strategies for assuring health and safety, and balancing what is important for a participant from a health and safety perspective versus what is important to the participant.

De-Escalation Techniques in Crisis Situations for Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders

Definition of a mental health crisis, what forms a mental health crisis in individuals with autism and ways to prevent and provide emotional and behavior support using a least restrictive treatment model, including use of PRN medications. 

Influence of Mental Health Issues in Processing Information in Crisis Situations

The influences of skill deficits and psychiatric diagnoses on learning and behavior. 

Positive Approaches in Crisis Situations

This resource provides information on the incorporation of positive approaches into crisis situations. 

Planning for Crisis

This resource provides information on a relationship-based approach to crisis intervention. 

Managing A Crisis

This resource provides information on how to support someone who is engaging in challenging or dangerous behavior. 

Responding to Suicidal Statements

This resource, developed by ASERT, provides information on suicide, including warning signs and what to do if someone makes suicidal statements or engages in dangerous behavior.

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