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Adult Community Autism Program (ACAP) Enrollment and Eligibility
To be eligible for ACAP, individuals must:
- Be twenty-one (21) years of age or older
- Be eligible for Medical Assistance, including Medical Assistance for Workers with Disabilities (MAWD) for persons currently employed
- Have a diagnosis of an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)
- Live or plan to live in Lancaster, Dauphin, Cumberland or Chester Counties in Pennsylvania (participant must live in one of the four counties at the time of enrollment)
- Be able to live in a community setting with fewer than 16 hours of support per day
- Need an Intermediate Care Facility (ICF) level of care
- Not have behaviors that are dangerous to themselves or others or that could cause harm to property
- Not be enrolled in a Medical Assistance Managed Care Organization at the time of enrollment
- Not be enrolled in the Health Insurance Premium Payment (HIPP) Program at the time of enrollment
- Not be enrolled in a Medical Assistance home and community based waiver program at the time of enrollment
Enrollment for ACAP opened on April 1, 2009. In order to enroll, you must call the Bureau of Autism Services at 1-866-539-7689 (toll-free) and request an application for enrollment. The Bureau of Autism Services will mail applications in the order of the date and time people call.
If you have questions about eligibility and enrollment in ACAP and would like to speak to someone directly, call Keystone Autism Services at 717-220-1465. You can also request information online.
Frequently Asked Questions
- Q: As a parent of an adult with autism, is my income considered in determining Medical Assistance (MA) eligibility?
- A: No. Eligibility is based solely on the circumstances of your adult son or daughter.
- Q: Do I lose my MA coverage by joining ACAP? Do I still have health insurance if I join ACAP?
- A: You do not need to drop MA coverage to apply for ACAP. In fact, ACAP is an MA program and continues to provide full health coverage when you enroll. At the time of enrollment into ACAP, you simply switch your MA coverage from your Medical Assistance Managed Care Organization coverage and accept coverage through ACAP. There will be no lapse in your medical insurance coverage.
- Q: Is ACAP a residential program?
- A: No. ACAP is a community-based program for people requiring fewer than 16 hours of support per day. Participants may live in their own home or with a family member or friend.
- Q: If I have a diagnosis, such as Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, in addition to Autism Spectrum Disorder, am I still eligible for ACAP?
- A: Yes. A secondary diagnosis does not disqualify a person from ACAP. To be eligible, a person must have a diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder but may have other diagnoses as well.
- Q: Will I need to change my primary care physician and/or dentist upon enrollment into ACAP?
- A: Upon enrollment, your Supports Coordinator will gather information about your primary care physician, dentist and other practitioners that you may see periodically. We will contact those physicians and request that they become providers in our network. Although we cannot guarantee their participation, we will do our best to secure their services. We also have a diverse network listing of physicians.
Keystone Autism Services
3700 Vartan Way
Harrisburg, PA 17110
Department of Public Welfare
Bureau of Autism Services
P.O. Box 2675 (Room 501)
Harrisburg, PA 17105