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Policy and Analytics Center

Director of the Policy and Analytics Center: Lindsay Shea 

The mission of the Policy and Analytics Center (PAC) is to utilize research methods and innovative analytic strategies to support the development of effective social and health policy in cities, states, and across the US.

Click below to learn more about the Policy and Analytics Center projects.

Autism Services, Education, Resources, and Training Collaborative (ASERT) Eastern Region

The ASERT Collaborative is funded by the Bureau of Autism Services (BAS), Pennsylvania Department of Human Services. The mission of the ASERT Collaborative is to enhance the lives of Pennsylvanians with autism of all ages and abilities by:

  • Improving regional access to quality services and interventions
  • Providing information and support to families
  • Training professionals in best practices
  • Facilitating connections between individuals, families, professionals, and providers throughout the commonwealth

The ASERT Collaborative has a statewide Resource Center, available online by email (English: or Spanish: or by phone (877-231-4244), that connects individuals with autism, their families, and professionals to relevant information, events, trainings, and other opportunities. With a database of information, ASERT resource specialists are able to provide up-to-date and accurate information and resources. ASERT supports individuals with autism, families, professionals, and community members to learn more about services and resources available, and assist them in navigating the service system in Pennsylvania.

Please visit or follow us on Twitter @ASERT_PAautism and Facebook @ASERTPAautism to learn more about the ASERT Collaborative. Specific questions or training requests can also be emailed to

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The ASERT Collaborative supports the autism community in Pennsylvania through:

Philadelphia Autism Project

Philadelphia Autism Project logoThe Philadelphia Autism Project is a citywide initiative established by the office of former Councilman-At-Large Dennis M. O'Brien and continues to be supported through the office of Councilman-At-Large Derek S. Green. The Philadelphia Autism Project is conducted in partnership with the Department of Behavioral Health and Intellectual disAbility Services (DBHIDS). The goal of the Philadelphia Autism Project is to examine the services and supports for individuals and families who are living with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) in Philadelphia. This effort represents the first of its kind at the municipal level and is working in conjunction with the ASERT Collaborative. The project delivered a wide-ranging final report to identify the most effective, efficient, and comprehensive system of care for individuals with ASD and their families living in Philadelphia. Please visit or follow us on Twitter @PhillyAutism and Facebook @PhillyAutism to learn more about the Philadelphia Autism Project initiatives. Specific questions or training requests can also be emailed to

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The Philadelphia Autism Project supports individuals with autism and their families living in Philadelphia through:

Meet the PAC Team

  • Dr. Lindsay Shea
  • Sarah Greer, MS
  • Kailtin Koffer Miller, MPH
  • Pam Piscitelli, MS
  • Kathleen Shea, MS
  • Paul Turcotte, MPH
  • Mimi Wong, MSW

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