Disability Services - Autism Treatment Assistance Program


Nevada’s Autism Treatment 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 is a statewide program that provides temporary assistance and funding to pay for evidenced-based treatment such as Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) for children on the Autism Spectrum, who are under the age of 20 and are diagnosed as a person with 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 offers a variety of plan types for ongoing treatment development, supervision and a limited amount of weekly intervention hours based on a child’s individual treatment plan, age, and family income. ATAP can also assist with co-pays and individual deductibles for therapy when the family cannot access their insurance due to the excessive cost of treatment. ATAP also offers a therapeutic plan that provides funding for Speech Therapy, Occupational Therapy and/or Physical Therapy when other resources do not provide coverage. 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 the recommended hours of treatment, however it is our hope that parents can help to fund additional hours of treatment. 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. ATAP does not cover services such as respite, medicines, supplements, private school placements, classroom paraprofessionals and treatments which are not evidence-based.

    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) 687-0113 (English)
    (702) 668-3271 (Spanish)
    Email the ATAP Coordinator

      Las Vegas Intake: 
      (702) 668-3271
      FAX: (702) 668-3299