Autism and Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA) therapy

Find information about Autism and Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA) therapy for children ages 2-20 with Autism Spectrum and related disorders.

Autism Spectrum Disorder and Applied Behavioral Analysis therapy

There are many different types of treatments available for Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) , for example:

  • auditory training
  • facilitated communication
  • occupational therapy
  • physical therapy, and
  • sensory integration

Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA ) is a treatment approach that has been widely accepted. ABA is part of the Apple Health benefit package for children and youth with ASD from age 2 through 20 years old. ABA can be done in addition to other forms of treatment such as occupational therapy, speech therapy, and physical therapy, also covered by Apple Health.

ABA is an approach to improve behavior and skills related to core impairments associated with autism and a number of other developmental disabilities. ABA therapy involves application of validated principals of human behavior to change inappropriate behaviors. Providers use scientific methods to demonstrate that behavioral improvements are caused by the prescribed treatment. ABA therapy also focuses on social significance, which promotes a family-centered, whole-life approach.

If you’re covered by a managed care organization (MCO) such as:

MCO

Phone number(s)

Amerigroup

1-855-323-4688, extension 1061035173

Community Health Plan of Washington (CHPW)

1–800–440-1561

Coordinated Care of WA

1-877-644-4613

Coordinated Care of Washington (Apple Core Connections/Foster Care) 1-844-354-9876

Molina Healthcare

1-800-7175 (TRS: 711), extension 14783

United Healthcare (UHC)

1-866-830-0325

Please contact the plan directly for program benefits. Ask for the ABA case manager. They will assist you in scheduling a Centers of Excellence (COE) appointment and identify ABA providers enrolled with your plan.

Eligibility and accessing services

In order to be eligible for this benefit your child or youth must first be evaluated by an Apple Health approved COE provider, and receive a prescription for Applied Behavior Analysis therapy. For a list of Apple Health contracted providers please see Centers of Excellence.  

If it is determined by a COE provider that your child may benefit from ABA therapy, they will provide you with a copy of their evaluation and order to take to an ABA provider. You are encouraged to contact all your area Medicaid-enrolled ABA providers. In most cases, providers have waiting lists for services. We recommend placing your child on multiple waiting lists and calling the providers on a regular basis. This will help ensure you get the first available appointment.

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