september, 2022

23sep8:30 am4:30 pmWA Autism Center of Excellence (COE) Certification Training Event Organized By: Center on Human Development and Disability, University of Washington Event Type:TrainingIn-person or Online:Online

Event Details

Experts from the University of Washington and Seattle Children’s Autism Center provide the Autism Center of Excellence (COE) Certification trainings through a contract with the Health Care Authority (HCA).

Purpose of the COE Training

  • To increase the number of qualified clinicians (COEs) across Washington State who can appropriately diagnose children and youth with autism
  • Help children and families access needed services as appropriate, including writing a Medicaid/Apple Health prescription for Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA). COE required for Managed Care Organization (MCO) prescription approval.

Who is Eligible to Become a COE

  • The HCA determines which primary care and other clinicians can become COEs. Currently the list includes medical physicians working in primary care, specialty physicians, clinical psychologists, ARNPs and pediatric naturopaths.
  • As of Oct 17, 2019 , an autism diagnosis from a COE provider (except for naturopath physicians) can also be used by a family for Developmental Disabilities Administration (DDA) eligibility.

What the Online Training Covers

  • Evaluation and diagnosis of children exhibiting signs and symptoms of autism spectrum disorder and determining which evidence –based treatments, including ABA, are likely to be helpful for individual children
  • Community and state resources for children and youth with autism and their families
  • How to write an approved prescription for ABA treatment
  • Billing Tips
  • Paperwork and process to complete to become a HCA recognized COE after the training

Who is the Training for?

  • The target audience for the COE certification training are those primary care clinicians and psychiatric ARNPs eligible to become COEs.
  • Neurologists, psychiatrists, PhD/PsyD psychologists and developmental-behavioral pediatricians are automatically  able to diagnose autism for many insurances including Medicaid but may find the Washington specific focus of the training helpful.
  • Additionally, clinical and community partners collaborating with  COES in the evaluation and connection of children and youth and their families to service are welcome to register.
  • Providers from outside of Washington State are welcome on a limited space available basis.

More information about the COE training.

  • Questions?  Email Kate Orville at



(Friday) 8:30 am - 4:30 pm


Center on Human Development and Disability, University of Washington