Autism and Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) therapy
Apple Health for Kids coverage offers Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) therapy as a benefit for children diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Other services, such as physical therapy, speech therapy, and occupational therapy are also covered services a childre with autism may receive.
In order for a child or youth to be eligible for ABA therapy through Apple Health/Medicaid, a recognized Centers of Excellence (COE) must conduct a comprehensive evaluation, and write an order for Applied Behavior Analysis therapy.
If the COE determines that the child meets medical necessity for ABA services, they will provide the family with a copy of their comprehensive evaluation, recommendations, and order for ABA treatment. The family is encouraged to contact all of the Medicaid-enrolled ABA providers in their area to be added to the waiting lists. ABA providers require a copy of the COE evaluation and order to ensure clients have completed phase one of the ABA pathway to care.
- What to do while waiting for an Autism Center appointment (Seattle Children's Autism Center)
- Washington Autism Alliance and Advocacy (workshops for parents on ABA waiting lists)
- ABA day program capacity attestation form (13-0007)
- ABA attestation form (13-0008)
- Centers of Excellence (COE) attestation form (13-0009)
- ABA level of support requirement form (12-411) Word | PDF
- ABA Assessment and Behavior Change Plan (13-400)
- General Information for Authorization form (13-835) Word | PDF (Instructions)
- Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) facts (CDC)