Adult Autism Waiver

“Together we will connect the unique puzzle pieces of childhood to adulthood, for every adult we serve.”...

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“Together we will connect the unique puzzle pieces of childhood to adulthood, for every adult we serve.”

Our Mission…

The mission of the Passavant Memorial Homes Adult Autism Waiver Program is to guide and empower adults diagnosed with an Autism Spectrum Disorder by providing specialized, quality services and supports to individuals and their families in order to enable an uninterrupted transition within the Autism Spectrum Disorder community while establishing independence and choice. 

Passavant Memorial Homes serves the needs of adults diagnosed with an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).  Medicaid Waiver funding for this program is provided through the Adult Autism Waiver (AAW).

Do I Qualify for Services?

  • U.S. Citizen and PA Resident
  • Over the age of 21
  • Diagnosed with one of the following:
    • Autistic Disorder
    • PDD, NOS
    • Asperger Syndrome
    • Childhood Disintegrative Disorder
    • Rett Syndrome
  • Financial Eligibility Requirements
    • Meet the income and resource limits for Medical Assistance and payment of Long Term Care Services.  Please visit the Life Enrichment Trust for important information regarding assistance in establishing eligibility.
  • Functional Limitations in three or more of the following:
    • Self-Care
    • Understanding and use of receptive and expressive language
    • Learning
    • Mobility
    • Self-direction
    • Capacity for independent living

What are the Services provided by Passavant Memorial Homes?

Community Inclusion
Supports and tools are provided for individuals to acquire the skills needed to live within the community.  This service empowers and guides individuals as they grow in areas such as socialization, community activities, and activities of daily living (ADLs).  These goals will be consistent with the Individual’s Support Plan (ISP).

Day Habilitation
This service helps to teach skills for the individual to build independence.  Similar to Community Inclusion, this service, however, is provided in an adult training facility.  This service includes transportation to and from the program.  A qualifying program will average six hours or less per day, five days a week, on a scheduled basis.  Every schedule is individualized to meet the needs of the participating adult.

Environmental Modifications
Physical changes made to a person’s home which are required for a person to remain safe and free from harm and/or live with more independence.

Family and Individual Counseling
Support and empowerment are provided by a licensed clinician to waiver participants and their family members and/or caregivers to help build safety, stability, and support within relationships.

Family Training
This service provides training to family members and caregivers to teach them how to help the individual build skills that will improve his or her ability to live independently.

Community Home & Family Living Options
This service is for waiver participants who need to be in a supervised setting at all times, including overnight. It is provided in either a licensed community home, or a licensed family living home setting, both with trained staff and/or a family system.  This service is meant to teach skills that will give the participant more independence, eventually enabling them to move into a private home setting in the future.

Respite In and Out of Home
This service gives a participant’s unpaid family member or caregiver a short break from care giving duties when the caregiver is unable to do so because of unusual circumstances.  This service is provided either in or outside of the individual’s home.

Behavioral Specialist
Support is provided to individuals with behaviors that make it challenging for them to be active within their community and/or in their home. Support is provided by a trained Behavioral Specialist.  The Behavioral Specialist helps to develop a Behavioral Support Plan which not only works toward behavioral goals for the individual, but also has a focus on the individual’s social supports including staff, family, and community members to provide stability and corresponding support.

How Do I Apply for Services?
1. Request an application

  • Requests must be made through the Bureau of Autism Services by phone, 1-866-539-7689
  • Applications cannot be accessed via e-mail or on-line

2. Information you will need when calling

  • Name of person who wishes to apply
  • Telephone Number
  • Address
  • County or residence
  • Proof of age (e.g. Driver’s License, State ID, Birth Certificate)
  • If you are calling on behalf of someone please leave your name and phone number

3. Complete the application

  • If the adult is not receiving Medical Assistance, this three page application will need to be completed
  • Any questions, please contact the AAW Staff at or 1-866-539-7689

4. Functional Assessment

  • An in-person assessment is completed by staff contacted to the Bureau of Autism Services
  • Location is determined jointly, but the preference is at the adult applicant’s home

5. Application Processing

  • The application will be processed
  • If approved, the Bureau of Autism Services will connect you with a Supports Coordinator and potential service providers, including Passavant Memorial Homes, or you may  request Passavant Memorial Homes to be your provider of choice.

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