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Adult Autism Waiver (AAW)

The Adult Autism Waiver is one of two programs in Pennsylvania specifically designed to help adults with autism spectrum disorder participate in their communities in the way that they want to, based on their identified needs. TEM Care provides the following services under the AAW:


Behavioral Specialist services (BSS)

BSS provides specialized interventions that assist to increase adaptive behaviors to replace/modify challenging behaviors of a disruptive/destructive nature that prevent/interfere with the participant’s inclusion in home/family/community life.

Community Support (CS)

Community Support assists participants in acquiring, retaining, and improving communication, socialization, self-direction, self-help, and other adaptive skills necessary to reside in the community.

Counseling and Therapies

Therapy services are direct services provided to assist individuals in the acquisition, retention, or improvement of skills necessary for the individual to live and work in the community and must be attached to an individualized outcome.





Respite provides planned or emergency short-term relief to a participant’s unpaid caregiver when the caregiver is temporarily unavailable to provide supports due to non-routine circumstance.

Systematic Skill Building (SSB)

SSB uses evidence-based methods to help the participant acquire skills that promote independence and integration into the community, which are not behavioral in focus.

Temporary Supplemental Services

Temporary supplemental services provide additional staff in the short term when it has been determined that the participant’s health and welfare is in jeopardy and needed supports and services cannot be provided without additional staff assistance.


Consolidated, Person/Family Directed Support, Community Living Waivers

The Consolidated, P/FDS, and Community Living Waivers are designed to help individuals with an intellectual disability, or developmental disability to live more independently in their homes and communities and to provide a variety of services that promote community living, including self- directed service models and traditional, agency-based service models. TEM Care Behavioral Health provides the following services under these waivers:

In-Home and Community Habilitation

Home and Community Habilitation services are provided to assist consumers in the acquisition, retention, or improvement of skills related to living and working in the community.

Behavior Support

Behavior Support service (BS) is provided to participants with behaviors, including destructive, disruptive and disturbing behaviors, which make it difficult for them to be active in their community or to live at home. Our Behavior Specialists conduct comprehensive Functional Behavioral Assessments and develop Behavior Support and Crisis intervention Plans using Positive Behavior Support strategies and key principles of Applied Behavior Analysis.


Companion Service is provided to individuals in their homes and in their communities. In the delivery of this service TEM Care provides supervision and assistance focused solely on the health and safety of the individual. Focusing on non-outcome based activities that may include completion of ADL’s and IADLs, social activities, and fitness routines, TEM Care staff provide companionship based on the consumer needs, and desires.



Community Tours

Fun Filled Learning Experiences

Community Tours is a signature program offered by TEM Care to support our participants in maximizing the benefits of their communities. In our exciting and informative ventures, we employ person-centered, strength-based, and transitional strategies that promote access to and facilitate participation in events and activities that allow for more meaningful daily experiences.


From Meaningful Days to Meaningful Lives

Our program is designed to increase self-advocacy, social development, and transition skills through various civic, recreational, and non-work-related activities. Participants learn what their communities offer and how to access the resources needed to enjoy meaningful lives one day at a time. Some of the things participants enjoy during “Community Tours” outings include:

  • Fire Station Tours
  • Community Meetings
  • Meetup Groups
  • Cooking Classes
  • Trips to City Hall
  • Parenting Classes
  • Food Pantries
  • Community Gardens and Local Farms
  • Yoga Classes

TEM Care Community Tours program promotes Choice, Balance, and Independence by familiarizing participants with the resources available in their communities during individual and group excursions. We believe everyone should have knowledge of, as well as access to, people, places and things that promote meaningful experiences. Our program aims to increase resourcefulness and initiative through exposure to a versatile mix of educational, cultural, spiritual and social activities in each participant’s local and extended communities.