Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA)

Applied Behavior Analysis, also known as ABA, is one type of service that is used to improve or change behavior to help the member in a meaningful way. Treatment is based on the needs of the individual and family. The clinical team will develop a service plan that may include ABA and/or other services to help support and teach new skills to support caregivers in assisting the member to improve their own helpful behaviors, in addition to reducing behaviors that could affect learning or be harmful to the member.

ABA is a covered service for Mercy Care members. Members must receive ABA services from a provider in Mercy Care’s provider network. Medically necessary services, including ABA, are determined by the member’s Child and Family Team (CFT) or Adult Recovery Team (ART).

 

Provider Name

Location or area served

Specialty Populations

Website

Phone

Advanced Autism Center for Treatment

Maricopa County

 

Home and community-based

Children 0-17

http://www.aactarizona.com/

480-389-4516

Adventure ABA

Phoenix and surrounding areas

 

Home, community and clinic-based*

 

*Clinic is limited to ages 2-6

Children 0-17

adventureaba.com

623-693-2954

American Behavioral Solutions

Maricopa County

 

Home and community-based

 *bilingual staff

Children and Adults

https://americanbehavioralsolutions.com/

480-656-3530

Arion Care Solutions

Maricopa County

 

Home, community and clinic-based

Children 0-17

arioncaresolutions.com/services/aba-ech

480-722-1300

Arizona Autism United

Maricopa County

Home, community and clinic-based

Children and Adults

azaunited.org

602-773-5773

Ascend Behavior Partners

Home and community-based

 

Children 0-17

ascendbehavior.com

720-961-3764

Center for Autism and Related Disorders (CARD)

Maricopa, Pinal and Pima counties

 

Clinic-based

Children 0-17

https://www.centerforautism.com/

877-448-4747

Centria

Maricopa, Pinal and Pima counties

 

Home and community-based

Children and Adults

centriahealthcare.com

877-291-1655

Children’s Clinic

Pima County

 

Home and community-based

Children 0-17

https://www.childrensclinics.org

520-324-5437

Devereux

Maricopa and Pinal counties

 

Home, community, school and employment settings

Children 0-17

devereux.org

480-338-0421

FABAS

Pima County

 

Home and community-based

*bilingual staff

Children 0-17

https://www.fabasinc.org/

520-795-2680

Hopebridge

Maricopa County

 

Clinic-based

Children 0-17

https://www.hopebridge.com/

855-324-0885

Hope Group

Maricopa and Pinal counties

 

Home and community-based

Children 0-17

hopegroupaz.com/programs-services/comprehensive-applied-behavior-analysis

Phoenix:
480-610-6981

 

Tucson:
520-284-9655

Intermountain

Pima and Pinal counties, southeast and northern Arizona

 

Home, community and clinic-based

Children 0-17

https://intermountaincenters.org/

800-771-9889

Kaibab Behavioral Health

Northern Arizona

 

Home and community-based

Children 0-17

https://kaibabaz.com/

928-607-1280

Copa Health (formerly Marc Community Resources)

Maricopa County

 

Home and community-based

Adults

marccr.com/applied-behavior-analysis-program

480-969-3800

Pathways of Arizona

Pima and Yuma County

 

Home and community-based

Children 0-17

https://www.pathwaysofaz.com/

520-748-7108

SEEK of Arizona

Maricopa County

 

Home, community, and clinic-based

Children and Adults

seekarizona.org/behavioral-health-services/behavior-analyst-bcba-services

480-902-0771

Southwest Behavioral & Health Services

Maricopa County

 

Home, community and clinic-based

Children and Adults

saceaz.org

PHX: 602-468-3430 & 602-388-1700, option 2

 

Mesa: 602-388-1700, option 3

Touchstone Health Services

Maricopa and Pinal counties

 

Home, community, and clinic-based

Children 0-17

touchstonehs.org/behavior-analytic-services

866-207-3882

United Cerebral Palsy of Southern Arizona

Pima County

 

Home and community-based

Children and Adults

http://ucpsa.org/

520-795-3108

 

1. What is the Early Childhood Specialized Habilitation Autism (ECA) program? 

ECA, also known as Early Intensive Behavioral Treatment, is a specialized habilitation service provided by the Division of Developmental Disabilities (DDD). 

If you don’t have an open authorization on October 1, 2020, ECA services will no longer be available from the DDD. You can choose to get ABA services instead of ECA. The two DDD Health Plans, Mercy Care and United Healthcare Community Plan, will cover ABA services for members with new ECA authorizations that begin October 1, 2020.

2. What if the member is authorized for ECA but would rather receive ABA services from their DDD Health Plan?

Members/families cannot receive ABA services through the health plan and specialized habilitation through DDD. You will need to choose one or the other to avoid duplication of services. The Support Coordinator should continue to submit referrals until 9/30/2020 if a parent/guardian requests a specialized habilitation program.

If ABA is the preferred service, the Support Coordinator should encourage the member/family to seek ABA services through their DDD Health Plan.

3. What is Habilitation-Consultation (HAB-C)? 
HAB-C, also known as Habilitation-Consultation, is a service provided by the Division of Developmental Disabilities (DDD). If you have an open authorization before October 1, 2020, and you want to continue these services through DDD, DDD will continue to pay for these services under that authorization. If you don’t have an open authorization on October 1, 2020, HAB-C services will no longer be available from the DDD. You can choose to get ABA services instead of HAB-C. The two DDD Health Plans, Mercy Care and United Healthcare Community Plan, will cover ABA services for members with new HAB-C authorizations that begin October 1, 2020.

4. What if the member is authorized for HAB-C but would rather receive ABA services from their DDD Health Plan? If ABA is the preferred service, the Support Coordinator should encourage the member/family to seek ABA services through their DDD Health Plan.
Members/families cannot receive ABA services through the health plan and specialized habilitation through DDD. You will need to choose one or the other to avoid duplication of services. The Support Coordinator should continue to submit referrals until 9/30/2020 if a parent/guardian requests a specialized habilitation program.

5. What is the future of ECA and HAB-C services? DDD will continue to provide HAB-C and ECA services for existing authorizations dated prior to 10/1/20. DDD will continue with current authorizations for services until the member’s treatment program is completed. As of October 1, 2020, DDD will no longer approve new ECA and HAB-C requests. On October 1, 2020, members seeking ECA and HAB-C services will need to request medically necessary ABA services from their DDD Health Plan.

6. Where can I get more information and resources about the ECA and HAB-C transition?
Reference DDD’s website

7. Where can I learn more about the ABA services Mercy Care provides?
Please visit our website to learn more about ABA and the services Mercy Care provides. https://www.mercycareaz.org/members/ddd-formembers/autism