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Michigan’s Only Short-Term Intensive Residential Facility Specializing in Adolescent Autism

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Michigan’s Only Short-Term Intensive Residential Facility Specializing in Adolescent Autism

We are Heartland Center for Autism

Heartland Center for Autism is Michigan’s only short-term intensive residential treatments facility specializing in adolescent Autism. We are licensed by the state of Michigan as a Child Caring Institution exclusively serving children between the ages of 6-17 who are diagnosed with Autism or other developmental disabilities. Our primary mission is to enhance the lives of our residents by addressing their unique needs and challenges.



what to expect

Our Care Approach

Therapeutic Approach:

Heartland Center for Autism implements the strategies of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) as a core therapeutic method. ABA is a scientifically proven approach that focuses on modifying behaviors by analyzing and applying principles of learning and behavior. It is widely recognized as an effective approach for individuals with autism and other developmental disabilities.

Collaborative Care:

Heartland emphasizes a multi-disciplinary approach by working closely with various professionals, including medical, psychiatric, psychological, and educational specialists. This collaborative effort ensures that the children receive a comprehensive and well-rounded treatment plan tailored to their specific needs.

Transition to Home:

One of our central goals is to prepare our residents to successfully transition back to their home environments. This indicates that the programs and interventions offered are designed to equip them with the necessary skills and behaviors to thrive in their home setting and community.

Who Funds Heartland’s Services?

Heartland Center for Autism is 100% funded by Medicaid. We continually add new Community Mental Health Agencies throughout Michigan via Contracts and Single Case Agreements. We also serve consumers through the MDHHS AGAO Adoption Subsidy.

PLEASE NOTE: Should you be denied services to Heartland or have trouble getting authorization to Heartland, your CMH may not be aware Heartland Center for Autism is a covered Medicaid benefit, please see May 12, 2023 memo from the state of Michigan clarifying and confirming our services. Please do not hesitate to contact us or ask your CMH to reach out directly.


Around the Clock Care Services

  • In-house resident treatment
  • 24/7 services
    • Psychiatric
    • Psychological
    • Nursing
  • Parent education
  • Fully trained care staff
  • ABA therapy during all waking hours
  • Multidisciplinary approach

From Our Kiddos & Their Families

A Poem Called Heartland

Heartland is a good place to get help for mental health.
Heartland is a great place to learn daily life skills.
Heartland is awesome to meet new people that help you with mental health.
You can build self confidence at heartland.
You can learn more new ways or different ways to cope.
I am very grateful to be here at heartland.
I have learned new ways to do things or different ways to do things.
Thank you to the staff at heartland for making me feel comfortable.
Thanks to the staff at heartland for helping me feel safe and happy about mysel

~ Kaitlyn | Patient ~

What a true gift to our family to have found Heartland

The caring and compassionate staff is invaluable to us and our son. The knowledge and experience that both directors have is invaluable. A true blessing to not only our family, but to the community as a whole. With Heartland in charge we know our son will have a bright future and the quality of life he so richly deserves. Thank you Heartland!

Heart is a great word to describe Heartland

After many stays in traditional settings my son was sent to Heartland. The kindness, understanding, and support we received from day one was amazing. Being able to have continued support during his stay and after his discharge. As a parent It was nice to get to speak with staff frequently. Above anything it was a nice welcoming and comfortable environment for my child.

Our kiddo was in search of help, and he found it!

Heartland is such a wonderful tool to have. We only wish we knew about it sooner. From the amazing and knowledgeable staff to the comfort and support they provided to our kiddo was invaluable. If you have tried other things and they have not worked for your family, this is the answer you have been searching for!

Words cannot describe how the experience myself and my family has had with the center

The staff have made this extremely difficult time in our lives feel much easier to get through. The open communication, the follow up calls, the feeling of being welcomed has been so wonderful.

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