What is IBHS-ABA?

Intensive behavioral health services is a Pennsylvania state program that licenses behavioral health providers who support children up to age 21 and who have behavioral health needs. IBHS-ABA is a group of services which use the science of applied behavior analysis as the treatment modality.

Our Services

Our IBHS-ABA services are provided in the home, schools, community and/or our Newtown or Warminster Center for children ages 1 to 21. They are health insurance-funded and are usually at no cost to families.

Children are generally approved for 10 to 40 hours per week depending upon the results of their assessment. Funding for IBHS-ABA is usually covered in full, with no cost to families, when the child has Medical Assistance (MA or Access Card). Other insurances are accepted, such as Blue Cross Blue Shield plans, Aetna, Cigna and UnitedHealthcare. 

Our intake coordinator will help you determine if there are any out-of-pocket costs and guide you through the insurance approval process.

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Our Programs

Our staff partners with families to develop a plan of care that allows their loved one with autism to grow and thrive. We take the time to understand your loved one’s strengths and needs. We also consider previous life experiences, present-day challenges and future goals. Using this information, we create a personalized treatment plan that engages your loved one in their treatment, helps to enhance their progress, and strives to improve their long-term abilities.

Early Childhood: Ages 1 to 5

Potential’s comprehensive Early Childhood Program strives to treat multiple developmental domains affected by autism, including cognitive, communicative, social, emotional and adaptive functioning. Our programs for early learners are tailored to the individual needs of the child and family. These options are designed to address the full spectrum of symptoms of autism, or a limited number of key functional skills.

While service recommendations are individualized, learners enrolled in the Early Childhood Program at Potential may receive up to 40 service hours per week to help:

  • Reduce the symptoms of autism so that the child’s behavior may become indistinguishable from their peers
  • Increase communication
  • Decrease problem behavior
  • Learn social skills

Program for Children and Teens: Ages 6 to 21

Children ages 6 to 12 and adolescents ages 13 to 21 may benefit from either the Springtime School or our specialized services. In some cases, adolescents may receive both and benefit from the consistency offered by a combined school and home services program.

At Potential, our staff partner with families to develop a plan of care that allows their loved one with autism to grow and thrive.

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