Financial support is critical for families of children with autism, but also in helping provide developmental services that can benefit the child. Unfortunately, only some families can afford these services, and sometimes it’s hard for families to know where to turn for help. That’s why The Autism Treatment Assistance Program (ATAP) in Nevada was created.
For those unfamiliar with ATAP, it is a program that provides financial assistance to families of children with diagnosed autism so they can access the services their child needs. It also provides case management and education advocacy services to help families receive the services they need.
Nevada Autism Center proudly accepts ATAP and will work with you to implement in your therapy plan.
History of ATAP
ATAP started in 2007 as a test of whether the program could be successful. After four years of operation, it was officially signed into law in 2011 to provide financial assistance to families of children with autism in Nevada. ATAP has since grown significantly as far as the number of families it assists and the training parents receive to help their children.
This growth is due, in part, to the generous support from local and state governments, as well as donations from organizations and individuals supporting autism treatment in Nevada. ATAP aims to eliminate or decrease the level of life-long support required for individuals with autism spectrum disorder by providing quality, comprehensive services.
Does ATAP funds for Everything?
ATAP can help provide the financial assistance needed to cover the costs associated with autism services. However, ATAP does not cover all expenses related to autism treatment. The program is limited in what services they can fund and has a maximum funding cap that may limit how much funding a family receives.
This is because ATAP is a limited-funding program, so it is essential to understand the requirements and restrictions before applying.
What is the eligibility requirement?
To be eligible for ATAP assistance, a child must first be diagnosed with a qualifying condition. Eligible conditions include Autism Spectrum Disorder, Asperger’s Syndrome, Pervasive Developmental Disorders, and other related disorders. To qualify, the family must also meet specific income eligibility requirements and provide documentation of any existing medical coverage.
What Services Does ATAP Fund?
ATAP provides financial assistance for autism-approved treatment methods, including Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA). If the treatment method is approved, ATAP will provide a monthly allotment to cater to the cost of services. It all depends on the treatment plan, the child’s age, and the family’s income.
In addition to ABA, ATAP also provides funding for other autism-related services such as speech therapy, occupational therapy, and psychotherapy. ATAP may provide additional assistance for tracking progress and progress reports.
How can I start?
If your family is in Nevada and you are interested in applying for ATAP, the first step would be to contact The HELP of Southern Nevada (HELP) at +1 702-369-4357 -HELP to start the application process. HELP will help you determine if you meet the eligibility requirements and guide you on how to apply.
Once your application is approved, ATAP will provide you with the necessary financial assistance for treatment.