Assistance Program (ATAP) was created to assist parents and caregivers with the
expensive cost of providing Autism-specific treatments to their child with
Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).
ATAP provides a monthly allotment to pay for
on-going treatment development, supervision and a limited amount of weekly
intervention hours based upon a child’s individual treatment plan, age, and
ATAP is an assistance program and the monthly
allotment is intended to help parents pay for treatment. It is understood that
the funding provided by ATAP will not pay for all of the recommended hours of
treatment. It is our hope that parents can help to fund additional hours of
treatment. However, ATAP recognizes not
all parents can afford to do so.
ATAP only funds treatments which have been
proven by research to be evidence-based including Applied Behavioral Analysis
(ABA), Verbal Behavioral (VB), and Pivotal Response (PRT) programs. Covered
services include program training; development and supervision; daily
intervention hours; and essential tools, supplies or equipment. ATAP may also
fund Speech, Occupational and Physical Therapy when other resources do not
Individuals who reside in the State of Nevada
who are under age 19 and are diagnosed as a person with a Autism Spectrum
Disorder by a physician, psychologist, child/adolescent psychiatrist, pediatric
neurologist or other qualified professional. A diagnosis from a multidisciplinary team is acceptable when in accompanied
by an appropriate assessment report.
ATAP uses Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA)
techniques for increasing useful behaviors and reducing those that may be
harmful or that interfere with learning, in order to address socially important
problems, and to bring about meaningful behavior change. The ATAP program uses
a Supervision Tier Structure designed to protect the child’s budget by limiting
what providers can charge and ensuring a basic level of treatment supervision
is received and expected on a monthly basis.
ATAP contains a variety of plan types. The plan type is selected during a
collaborative assessment between the ATAP care manager, provider, and
parent. The program types contain a
variety of required hours ranging from 25 hours a week in the comprehensive
plan to 10 hours a week in the basic plan and are designed to address each
child’s individual needs.
For Additional Information
For additional information on the Autism Treatment Assistance Program offered by the Aging and Disability Services Division, please contact an ATAP Coordinator:
Carson City Administrative Office - ATAP Program
(775) 687-4210 (English)
(775) 687-2497 (Spanish)