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The Adult Autism Waiver is a Medical Assistance program specifically designed to help adults with an autism spectrum disorder participate in their communities in the way they want to. The goals of the Adult Autism Waiver are to increase the consumer’s ability to care for themselves, decrease family/caregiver stress, increase quality of life for the consumer and the family, help the person reach their employment goals, support involvement in community activities, and decrease crisis episodes.

Eligibility criteria:

  • Be age 21 and older
  • Have a diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)
  • Live in Pennsylvania
  • Meet financial and functional eligibility

Services that can be provided by CareGivers America include:

  • Community Inclusion
  • Respite – In Home
  • Respite – Out of Home
  • Behavioral Specialist

The waiver program is currently accepting applications and enrolling consumers. Priority is given to those individuals not already receiving state or federally-funded services.

Please call the Bureau of Autism Services at 1-866-539-7689 for more information.

Note: The list of eligibility criteria and services may change when waiver amendments or waiver renewals are approved by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). Please, visit the Department of Public Welfare’s website for a current list of all services provided through this waiver.

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