Autism Spectrum Disorder

Autism Spectrum Disorder

Mercy Care is committed to providing high quality behavioral health services for the youth and families that have or are at risk of having an Autism Spectrum Disorder diagnosis. We have a widely contracted network that's able to serve all youth and families. The Child and Family Team (CFT) can also provide referals to specialty providers. As a facilitator and behavioral health representative, when a request is received for autism services, we have resources listed to help navigate the needs of the family that may include, but aren't limited to, practitioners that can diagnose autism and specialty providers that offer several modalities of treatment included Applied Behavior Analysis.

These services are available to youth and families enrolled with Mercy Care, and are eligible for the services based on individualized need. You should follow the general referral process, which includes the Direct Support and Specialty Service Referral, core assessment or annual update, CASII and current service plan. You should include, as appropriate, the Strengths Needs Cultural Discovery, Crisis Plan and Safety Plan.

There are many levels of autism. Autism can mean mild challenges for someone who is high functioning. It can also mean severe challenges for someone considered as low functioning. That's why it's referred to as Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). The symptoms are different for each individual. We know that the brain of someone diagnosed with autism is different compared to most individuals. That's why the way they respond to things may also be different.

Someone diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder may: 

  • Prefer to be alone
  • Not be able to speak or express what they want to say
  • Not act like most children or adults their own age
  • Not like touching or hugging people
  • Not be able to make eye contact
  • Prefer routines
  • Like to repeat words, activities and certain movements (such as flapping)
  • React strongly to certain sounds or noises
  • Not be able to show feelings like joy or happiness
  • Not understand when someone is angry or in pain
  • Not answer when their name is called
  • Not be able to point to something
  • Speak using pictures or sign language

Mercy Care has a comprehensive list of providers who can diagnose Autism Spectrum Disorder.  You can refer to our Find a Provider web page for this listing. 

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