This program is designed to improve the stability of family lives by identifying some prioritized behavior challenges and training family members to use behavior change methods to reduce and replace problem behavior. The service takes place in the home or other natural environments. Our Behavior Coaching team is a well-trained team of professionals and paraprofessionals overseen by licensed and Board Certified Behavior Analysts (BCBA).
Who Receives Behavior Coaching
Behavior Coaching is for children, adolescents or teenagers with autism in Maricopa County. Families must be enrolled in the state behavioral health system to access this service. Parents or caregivers participate in Behavior Coaching sessions.
The AZA Approach
Our approach to Behavior Coaching is rooted in Applied Behavior Analysis, though we embrace a collaborative, transdisciplinary approach that includes participation from other professionals working with the family (e.g. psychologists, social workers, case managers, habilitation therapists, teachers and counselors). Behavior Coaching teams view problem behavior in the context of the whole family’s experience and teams seek to involve all members in the course of treatment.
Behavior Coaching services are accessed through the public behavioral health system and funded by the state Medicaid program, including the county's Regional Behavioral Health Authority (RBHA). To be eligible for funding, families must be enrolled with the RBHA or another AHCCCS Complete Care plan and working with a case manager. AZA United must receive a referral from the case manager in order to initiate Behavior Coaching services. We have an Outreach Team here at AZA that is available to assist families at no cost through the process of applying for eligibility and requesting services through a case manager.
For more information on how to access funding for services, click here.