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Hey therdogg... I am in the area and have a son with an ASD dx.
There is a HUGE wait list for initial services. We waited almost a year for an inital consultation. We chose to go to Danville rather than Scranton for services (even though Scranton is a little closer for us). There are a few highly recommended providers in the geisinger network... when I get home I can provide the info for you. Forgive me though, I am not on MDC as much as I was when the kids were very small so my reply might take a few days. If I remember to log on to MDC this weekend I will PM you if you would like.
We are in a very small, more rural school district but they adhere to the state-wide services that are mandated. So far, they have been *wonderful*, very supportive and helpful. There are mandated services available. Unfourtunatly, a lot of the services only take medical assistance. I was pretty bent out of shape over having to choose between our existing medical insurance (which I was very happy with) and huge out of pocket expense for therapy/support and crappier over-all coverage for my son and no co-pays. In the end, we did apply for MA because the co-pays were killing my pocketbook. I feel like I traded good dental care and easy access to specialists for therapies and support services!
Locating local services was pretty difficult for us because of where we live. Living in Luzerne/Lackawanna counties where there is more money per capita, it may be easier for you to find services.
The Tabbie Family; DH , DS , DD , a few :, a couple : and me.