Outpatient Services

Types of Outpatient Services | Steps to Receiving Outpatient Services | FAQs | Forms

The Great Lakes Center for Autism Treatment and Research (GLC) outpatient clinic offers four types of services for children with autism and their families. The outpatient clinic is a center-based program, however in-home services are available as required.

Types of Outpatient Services

1. Early Intervention Intensive Services

These services are provided through age 5 and require a minimum commitment of 15 hours a week from families. It is typically recommended to receive 30 hours of applied behavior analysis therapy, all of which can be completed at our center or at our center and another program (e.g., school). 

2. Individual Sessions

These services require a minimum commitment of 6–10 hours a week and are designed for further skill acquisition from age 6 through 17. Skill training focuses on personal health care, domestic tasks, community survival and supplemental educational/pre-vocational skills.

3. Parent Training Sessions

These services require a commitment of 3­–6 hours a week and are designed to train parents on how to teach skills to their children. These sessions are geared to managing challenging behavior and teaching new skills to children of any age. Parents would be required to participate in all of the sessions and the child may or may not be involved, depending on the goals.

4. Social Skills Groups

This program is designed for children from age 4 through 17. Because social skills require peers to practice and demonstrate, these sessions are held in a group setting of three to six children. Sessions occur twice a week. Children attending the social skills program may also receive individual sessions based on the BCBA’s recommendations. The social skills groups are co-ed and divided by age.

Steps to Receive Outpatient Services

If your child has received a clinical diagnosis of autism from a licensed psychologist:

    1. Check with your insurance to determine if your policy covers Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) treatment.

      • If so, please call Great Lakes Center for Autism Treatment and Research (GLC) at 269-250-8200 to find out if your insurance is accepted and what services are offered.
      • If you have Medicaid and your child is 5 and under, please call the access line at your local county Community Mental Health agency (CMH) for services.

If your child has not received a clinical diagnosis of autism from a licensed psychologist:

    1. Consult with primary care provider your concerns about the development of your child
    2. Schedule a diagnostic test with a licensed psychologist to determine if your child has autism.
      • A diagnostic appointment may be made with the LP at GLC by calling (269)-250-8292.
    1. Call your insurance company member services department (phone number listed on card) to determine if your policy has coverage for ABA.
      • If your policy provides coverage for ABA, please call GLC at 269-250-8200 to find out if your insurance is accepted and how to get your child enrolled.
      • If you have Medicaid and your child is 5 and under, please call the access line at your local county CMH agency for services.
      • If you have a Medicaid program (Meridian, United Health Care Community Program, or any other Medicaid insurance) and your child is 6 years and older, GLC may be authorized to perform the diagnostic testing depending on the insurance policy. At this time, ABA treatment is not covered by a Medicaid policy.


Does GLC provide diagnostic testing to determine if my child has autism?

Yes, GLC has qualified, credentialed professionals (licensed psychologist and limited licensed psychologist) to complete this testing.


Who does the outpatient program serve?

The outpatient program serves children from 18 months to 17 years who have a diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder and other developmental disabilities.

Will my private insurance cover the treatment costs?

Coverage of the cost of treatment depends on the subscriber’s policy. Please call customer inquiry at the phone number listed on the back of your insurance card.


Will Medicaid cover the treatment costs?

If child is younger than 6 years old, please call your local Community Mental Health agency to inquire about treatment services. Currently, costs of ABA treatment are not covered for children 6 years and older. Depending on the type of Medicaid, the diagnostic test may be covered. Please call GLC at (269) 250-8200 for details.



What does a skill acquisition session look like?

A session is anywhere from 2–6 hours long and will take place in a treatment room or playroom with a behavior technician. The behavior tech will implement the teaching programs and provide extra learning opportunities during break times. Snacks and toys are provided to the children as rewards.  Many of the teaching objectives are designed so that the children don’t realize they are learning, just playing! 


Are parents allowed to observe sessions?

Parents are not only encouraged to observe sessions but to actively participate in the sessions. We understand that children spend significant portions of their days with their parents and we encourage parent training opportunities so that your child may learn to generalize his/her skills to other environments. Sometimes however, parents can be distractions and until your child learns to work through the distractions, we may ask that you watch the sessions through our observation window. 


How long will my child need this treatment?

This answer will depend on your child and his or her individual needs. Some children receive treatment for only a few months while others receive treatment for years. Our goal is to help the child learn in the least restrictive environment. When they demonstrate that they are able to learn new skills in a classroom setting or can maintain appropriate behaviors with peers, we begin the transition to discharge.


Authorization for Release of Information (PDF)

Authorized to pick up (PDF)

OP - Intake Client Forms (PDF)

Outpatient Services Agreement (PDF)