We now offer at-home ABA services throughout the state of Texas
Blue ABA Texas accepts Tricare
3800 North Lamar Blvd
Fax number: 512.813.5917
What is ABA Therapy?
The main goal of ABA therapy is to improve your child’s overall quality of living.
We accomplish this by teaching behaviors that help them enjoy independent lives. At the same time, we address challenging behaviors that interfere with their ability to learn new skills and to socialize with others.
ABA Therapy and Tricare
TRICARE is the healthcare program covering the United States retired and active-duty service members and their families. The TRICARE Comprehensive Autism Care Demonstration (ACD) covers applied behavior analysis (ABA) therapy. TRICARE covers ABA therapy by ABA providers to address the core symptoms of autism spectrum disorder (ASD).
ABA Services In the comfort of your own home
Our therapists will come to you! ABA therapy is often provided at an intensive level, with children receiving 15-40 hours per week. Your child can receive this treatment in the comfort of your own home.
Highly Skilled BCBAs
A board-certified behavior analyst (BCBA) will lead your child’s ABA program.
They will be responsible for ensuring your child is making progress.
He or she will conduct assessments, make treatment recommendations, create treatment plans and goals, provide guidance to caregivers, and supervise the treatment team.
A registered behavior technician (RBT) will be responsible for the direct care of your child.
The RBT will implement the goals created by the BCBA, directly teaching your child skills, implementing the behavior intervention plan, and more.
TRICARE coverage of ABA therapy comprises a number of related services. The plan’s covered services include the following:
- Initial assessments and treatment plan development to determine the child’s current skill level, identify deficits and establish treatment goals. The initial assessment is conducted by a board certified behavior analyst (BCBA).
- Direct, one-to-one treatment to modify behavior, addressing the core symptomatology of autism.
- Caregiver training on ABA principles and generalization of individualized goals.
- Reassessments twice per year to identify the level of progress made through treatment goals and establish new goals.
Other services TRICARE covers for children diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder include:
- Occupational therapy
- Speech therapy
- Physical therapy
- Prescription medications
- Psychological testing
- Psychological services
It is important to note that ABA therapy is only a covered service in areas where board certified behavior analysts (BCBAs) are located.
TRICARE ABA Coverage Eligibility
In order to qualify for ABA services under TRICARE coverage, the following must be met.
- Your child must be actively enrolled in a TRICARE health plan, as a dependent of an active-duty or retired military member.
- Your child must have an existing diagnosis of ASD, made by a qualified diagnostician (i.e. a licensed psychologist, developmental pediatrician, pediatric neurologist, etc.).
- Your child must receive a referral to the ACD from the diagnostician and obtain a pre-authorization. This referral is forwarded to your regional contractor for authorization.
If approved, an authorization letter will be sent for six months of services. Your child’s BCBA will conduct assessments such as the Vineland Adaptive Behavior Scale to establish baseline outcome measures. These measurements are used to identify the current skills and deficits your child exhibits, and to monitor progress throughout the duration of your child’s treatment. TRICARE has stringent requirements to ensure high-quality care is provided.
For more information about Tricare eligible beneficiaries, and to find a TRICARE plan that works for you and your family, or for more information on TRICARE coverage of ABA therapy, visit Tricare.mil.