Phone: (412) 374-8275

Fax: (412) 374-0708

560 Beatty Road

Monroeville, PA 15146

Adult Autism Waiver Services at Nisar Health and Human Services

The Adult Autism Waiver (AAW) is a 1915(c) Home and Community Based Service (HCBS) Medicaid waiver designed to provide long-term services and supports for community living, tailored to the specific needs of adults age 21 or older with ASD. The program is designed to help adults with autism spectrum disorders participate in their communities based upon their identified needs.

Behavioral Specialist Services

Behavior Specialist Services provides specialized behavioral support for individuals who may demonstrate behavioral challenges because of limited social skills, limited communication skills, or impaired sensory systems. Behavior Specialist Services provide specialized interventions that assist a participant in increasing their adaptive behaviors, and to replace or modify challenging behaviors of a disruptive or destructive nature that prevent or interfere with the participantís inclusion in the home, family life or community life. Supports and interventions focus on positive behavior strategies incorporating a proactive understanding of behavior. The service includes both the development of an initial behavioral support plan by the Behavior Specialist and ongoing behavioral supports, including initial plan development and ongoing direct and indirect supports.

Community Inclusion Services

Community Inclusion Services are designed to assist participants in acquiring, retraining and improving communication, socialization, self-direction, self-help, and adaptive skills necessary to reside in the community. Community inclusion facilitates the participants social interaction, use of natural supports and typical community services available to all people and participation in education and volunteer activities.

Family Training

Family training provides caregiver training for the participantís family and informal network to develop and maintain healthy, stable relationships among all caregivers, including family members, in order to support the participant. Emphasis is placed on the acquisition of coping skills by building upon family strengths. Training services are intended to increase the likelihood that the participant will remain in or return to the familyís home.