Recently, the Defense Health Agency (DHA) announced a rewrite of the TRICARE Autism Care Demonstration (ACD) program that encompasses “significant changes to the ACD.” It will move the ACD from the current Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA)-centric model to one focused on the beneficiary and family. Without specific details, the DHA states these comprehensive changes will provide an opportunity to improve support to beneficiaries and their families by:
- Providing more information about Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and potential services;
- Linking beneficiaries to the right care at the right time; and
- Increasing services to eligible family members – especially parents.