The Council of Autism Service Providers supports our members by cultivating, sharing, and advocating for provider best practices in autism services.
The Council of Autism Service Providers is a non-profit association of for-profit and not-for-profit agencies serving individuals with autism spectrum disorders.
Our member agencies care for more than 50,000 children and adults with autism across the United States and have collective revenues approaching 1 billion dollars.
CASP represents the autism provider community to the nation at large including government, payers, and the general public. We serve as a force for change, providing information and education and promoting standards that enhance quality.
In 2009, leaders from 10 provider agencies met in Las Vegas for a unique conference. From this modest beginning, The Council of Autism Services was formed.
The goal of this group was to provide a forum for senior executives from like-minded organizations to meet, share ideas and solve problems. In 2010, the invitation to participate was expanded to other agencies that demonstrated a commitment to serving individuals with autism and the use of an evidence-based treatment approach. Responding to participant feedback, CAS pledged to remain small and offer a different kind of opportunity to interact with colleagues through short workshops, discussion groups, round tables, and informal networking.
In 2015, leaders of CAS recognized the need to formalize the association to meet growing needs of providers and the people they serve. A small group of agency leaders met in May 2015 to identify the mission, values and set the strategic direction of the new association. CAS was legally formed as a 501(c) 6 in December 2015 as the Council on Autism Service Providers (CASP) and announced to the participants of the 2016 annual conference.
Founders of CASP recognized the need for a strong national voice for autism providers.
While there are successful associations representing parents and self-advocate, the priorities of these groups may not always align with the needs of provider agencies, including the need to establish standards of care and treatment. CASP and its member organizations recognize that a failure to act may be risky. Consumers and payers are demanding results and CASP is working to establish standards and define expected outcomes of quality and evidence-based treatment.
CASP is a rapidly-growing association with the following goals:
- Ensure quality, safe and most effective care
- Promote continuous quality improvement
- Help to ensure that the money spent for care and treatment is directed to the most effective, evidence-based practices
- Represent providers of care to government, payers, and the public
- Write and share public policies that balance effective treatment and economic principles
Evidence Based Practice
CASP is committed to promoting the use of evidence-based practice (EBP) for the clients served by our member organizations. To date, Applied Behavior Analysis has the strongest evidence for supporting persons on the Autism Spectrum. EBP in Applied Behavior Analytic service delivery entails the integration of clinical expertise, the best research evidence for delivering behavioral intervention, and well-articulated ethical standards. The best research evidence comes from sound experimental methodology that demonstrates functional control of teaching or clinical procedures over target behavior.
CASP acknowledges that some of the services provided by member organizations may have emerging efficacy research. CASP Member Organizations continually monitor, evaluate and alter their programs based on objective data and new research.