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Keystone Autism Services History
To sustain our commitment to comprehensive systems of care and our tradition of excellence in specialized services, Keystone Human Services has established a new subsidiary corporation, Keystone Autism Services (KAS), a subsidiary corporation.
KAS provides services and supports for adults with autism spectrum disorders. As increasing emphasis was placed on autism detection, diagnosis, and support across the United States, most attention has been directed to the development of services for children and infants. While these valuable advances can improve the early development of individuals diagnosed with autism spectrum disorders, many adults living with autism were born before federal mandates for standardized support programs and have received little to no personalized support. Keystone Autism Services is able to provide a more intensive, integrated and specialized focus on the needs and concerns of adults with autism and their families. KAS provides an array of services to adults with autism spectrum disorders, including residential, vocational, behavioral, developmental and therapy services in Pennsylvania and Delaware.
Among its autism services, Keystone Human Services administers two separate programs for autism support: the Adult Community Autism Program (ACAP) in Pennsylvania and the federal Adult Autism Waiver program.
KAS has been selected by the Bureau of Autism Services to implement ACAP. This important program will provide comprehensive services to 200 adults with autism spectrum disorders living in Dauphin, Cumberland, Chester and Lancaster Counties. As an integrative system of care, ACAP incorporates health care, vocational, social and behavioral supports.
In 2008, Pennsylvania was approved for a ground-breaking federal waiver program to provide home- and community-based services for adults with autism. This Adult Autism Waiver program serves up to 200 individuals with autism ages 21 and older. As qualified provider agencies, Keystone Human Services and Keystone Autism Services are authorized to provide a wide range of autism services to adults, including residential, vocational, in-home and leisure time services. KHS provides services under the Waiver program in 24 Pennsylvania counties. Services are available throughout Pennsylvania through other providers as well.
Keystone Autism Services is the culmination of an ever-growing commitment to the individuals who live with autism and their families, and it marks an exciting new chapter in the Keystone story. Through the work of KAS, Keystone Human Services is becoming a leader in community-based services for people with autism spectrum disorders, striving to establish a model for all of Pennsylvania that will impact autism awareness and support for years to come.
The work of Keystone Autism Services provides Keystone Human Services with an opportunity to continue our mission of Advancing the Human Spirit and to work toward a time when all people are valued, participating, and contributing members of our community. We are collectively building a brighter future for individuals and our community, ensuring that the gifts of all people are fully recognized and celebrated.