Adult Community Autism Program (ACAP)

The Adult Community Autism Program, also known as ACAP, is one of two programs in Pennsylvania specifically designed to help adults with autism spectrum disorder participate in their communities in the way that they want to, based upon their identified needs.


What types of services does the Adult Community Autism Program offer?

All physician services (including emergency services provided by a physician, psychiatric services, and direct access to a woman's health specialist to provide women's routine and preventive health care services)

  • Audiologists’ services
  • Certified registered nurse practitioner services
  • Chiropractors’ services
  • Dentists’ services
  • Health promotion and disease prevention services
  • Hospice Services
  • Intermediate Care Facility (ICF) services
  • Medical supplies and Durable Medical Equipment
  • Mental health crisis intervention services
  • Non-Emergency medical transportation to services covered under the Medical Assistance Program
  • Nutritional Consultation
  • Nursing facility services
  • Optometrists’ services
  • Outpatient psychiatric clinic services
  • Podiatrists’ services
  • Prosthetic eyes and other eye appliances
  • Respiratory services
  • Assistive technology
  • Career Planning (includes Vocational Assessment and Job Finding)
  • Community Transition Services
  • Day Habilitation
  • Family Support
  • Home Modifications
  • Non-Medical Transportation
  • Personal Assistance Services
  • Residential Habilitation Services
  • Respite
  • Specialized Skill Development (includes Behavioral Specialist Services, Systematic Skill Building, and Community Support)
  • Supported Employment
  • Supports Coordination
  • Therapies: Speech/language, Occupational, Physical/mobility, Counseling
  • Transitional Work Services
  • Vehicle Modifications
  • Visiting Nurse Services
  • Homemaker/Chore Services
  • Non-Medical Transportation

To apply for ACAP, call the Bureau of Supports for Autism and Special Populations (BSASP) at 1-866-539-7689 and choose Option 2. Please note that you cannot apply for ACAP through Keystone Autism Services.


What is the Adult Community Autism Program (ACAP)?

The Adult Community Autism Program, ACAP, is a managed care program in Pennsylvania. It is a fully integrated, comprehensive system of care that includes physical health, behavioral health, social, recreational, transportation, employment, therapeutic, educational, crisis, in-home support, and independent living services.

Benefits of the ACAP model include:

  • Person-Centered ISP – assessment based, outcome driven
  • Behavior Support Plan (if needed)
  • Crisis Intervention Plan (if needed)
  • One-stop shop – continuity, flexibility, integration and coordination of services
  • Team approach – with the center being the participant and the family/caregiver
  • Based on the wants and needs of the participant
  • Fully integrated – continuity of care
  • More efficient provider communication and coordination of care.

What are the goals of the Adult Community Autism Program?

  • Increase a person’s ability to care for themselves
  • Decrease family/caregiver stress
  • Increase quality of life for both the person and the family
  • Provide specialized supports to adults with autism spectrum disorder based on need
  • Help adults with autism spectrum disorder reach their employment goals
  • Support more involvement in community activities
  • Decrease crisis episodes and psychiatric hospitalizations
  • Support development of peer and social networks

What are some other important features of ACAP?

  • Provides a holistic approach and integration of physical health and behavioral health, as well as home and community-based supports.
  • Becomes participant’s health plan
  • Currently available in four counties only (Cumberland, Dauphin, Chester, and Lancaster)
  • Support greater participation in community activities
  • Keystone Autism Services and their network of providers (e.g., primary care physicians, dentists) provide most of the services

Where is ACAP offered?

ACAP is offered in Dauphin, Lancaster, Cumberland and Chester counties.

Does the Bureau of Autism Services plan to expand the ACAP to include other counties?

Expansion of ACAP across the state is dependent on available resources.

How many adults can be served through ACAP?

ACAP can serve 200 adults (including reserved capacity).

If I am already receiving services, can I still apply for the Adult Community Autism Program?

Yes. You can request an application while receiving services from another waiver program, but, before you enroll in ACAP, you will need to disenroll from the other waiver program. Timelines are coordinated, however, so that you will continue to receive services from the old program until ACAP services start.

What role does the individual with an ASD play in the Adult Community Autism Program?

The participant is at the center of all service planning and service delivery. During the service planning process ACAP participants share their goals, likes and dislikes to help determine what services they will receive. Once enrolled in ACAP, the participant is actively involved in the services they receive and their ongoing services plan.

What role do families play in the Adult Community Autism Program?

At the participant’s request, families have the opportunity to provide information during the service planning process and to provide feedback about the program. Decreased family stress is one goal of the program and is assessed each year. The participant, however, is at the center of his or her planning and can determine who is part of his or her team.

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