Autism Care Demonstration (ACD)

The ACD covers Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) and related services for eligible beneficiaries diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). To be considered eligible, beneficiaries must be either:

  • Dependents of active duty, retirees and TRICARE-eligible Reserve components
  • Participants in “member plus family coverage” under TRICARE Reserve Select (TRS) and TRICARE Retired Reserve (TRR)
  • Individuals covered under the Transitional Assistance Management Program (TAMP) or TRICARE for Life (TFL) Participants in TRICARE Young Adult (TYA)
  • North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) dependent beneficiaries
  • Individuals no longer TRICARE-eligible who are participating in the Continued Health Care Benefits Program (CHCBP)

Before receiving ABA services, beneficiaries must be diagnosed with ASD based on criteria in the current edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) and issued a referral for ABA services by a TRICARE-authorized Physician-Primary Care Manager (P-PCM) or by a specialized ASD-diagnosing provider.

Dependents of ADSMs must also be enrolled in their service's EFMP and registered in ECHO to receive ABA under the ACD. Learn more