Autism Services

For information about behavioral health services for dates of service before Jan. 1, 2024, see Autism information for dates of service before Jan. 1, 2024 (PDF).

Blue Cross Behavioral HealthSM manages prior authorizations for autism treatment for the following members:

  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan commercial
  • Medicare Plus BlueSM


  • Autism benefits for Blue Cross commercial members comply with Michigan-mandated benefits. The mandate doesn’t apply to some self-funded employer groups or to Medicare Advantage or Medicare supplement plans, such as Medicare Plus BlueSM or Blue Cross Complete (Medicaid). Always check member benefits and eligibility.
  • For information about autism services for Blue Care Network and BCN AdvantageSM members, see the BCN Autism Services page.

How to submit prior authorization requests

To learn how to submit requests, see our Getting Started page. Submit requests before providing services.

To find out more about the 2024 changes, view the Blue Cross Behavioral Health Updates 2024 Webinar (video).

Out-of-network providers can use the online forms below to submit requests. For best results, use the Google Chrome browser to open and complete these forms.

Utilization management criteria

Autism resources

Telehealth resources

More information

More information about the state law on autism is available at*

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