Eligibility for autism services is verified by the Bureau of Autism Services. County MH/ID offices verify eligibility only when the individual’s diagnosis qualifies them for intellectual disability. Many counties in Pennsylvania oversee the contracts with behavioral health managed care organizations who provide Medical Assistance coverage for behavioral services that some individuals with autism need to receive. This means counties help assure the availability of qualified providers to offer needed services, and monitor for quality in service delivery.
Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and autism are both general terms for a group of complex disorders of brain development. These disorders are characterized, in varying degrees, by difficulties in social interaction, verbal and nonverbal communication and repetitive behaviors.

ASD can be associated with intellectual disability, difficulties in motor coordination and attention and physical health issues such as sleep and gastrointestinal disturbances. Some persons with ASD excel in visual skills, music, math and art.
Persons interested in more information regarding eligibility for autism services may call 1-877-231-4244 for more information.

Financial eligibility determinations for Medical Assistance are made through the Department of Public Welfare’s County Assistance Offices. Applications for financial eligibility can be done in person or online.