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Crisis Intervention Resources

Autism Speaks has put together resources to help members of the autism community – individuals with autism, families, friends and caregivers –with accessing support and resources needed to manage a crisis situation.  You will also find tools that can help you learn about and access ongoing autism services, treatments and interventions.   

In case of emergency, call  9-1-1.

No matter what problems you are struggling with, hurting yourself or someone you love isn't the answer. Call 1-800-273-TALK (8255) to talk to a counselor at a Lifeline crisis center near you, anytime 24/7.  For more information visit:

What Might I Need to Know about Managing a Crisis Situation?   

This helpful section from the Autism Speaks Challenging Behaviors Tool Kit provides information about managing crisis situations at home, at school and in the community. It includes details on making a plan, interacting with law enforcement, getting additional help, etc. 

SAMHSA: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

US Department of Health and Human Services

SAMHSA's National Helpline (also known as the Treatment Referral Routing Service) is a confidential, free, 24-hour-a-day, 365-day-a-year, information service, in English and Spanish, for individuals and family members facing substance abuse and mental health issues. This service provides referrals to local treatment facilities, support groups, and community-based organizations.

Call 1-800-662-HELP  (4357) or visit the online treatment locators at

Autism Response Team

The Autism Speaks Autism Response Team can help you connect to local resources and information to help you make informed decisions. Trained staff members (both English and Spanish speaking) are available Monday – Friday from 9am-1pm.  Individuals with autism, families and caregivers can call the Autism Response Team at 1-888-288-4762, en Español at 888-772-9050, or email us at

Autism Speaks Resource Guide

The Resource Guide is our national database of autism service providers. You can use the Resource Guide to find local autism service providers in your area, including medical professionals, intervention providers, advocates, support groups and more.

Autism Safety Project

The Autism Safety Project provides information for families and First Responders with information and guidelines for communicating with individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) in emergency situations.

Autism Speaks Cares

Autism Speaks Cares provides grants for individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders during times of crisis or unplanned hardships. Financial support awards provide financial relief for individuals with ASD and their families to help cover costs associated with critical living expenses.

Challenging Behavior/Medication Resources

An Introduction to Behavioral Health Treatments
This ATN/AIR-P tool kit is designed to provide parents of children with ASD with an overview of in-home strategies as well as tips to teach and increase desirable behaviors and decrease behavior problems. This tool kit also provides caregivers with an overview of professional behavioral treatments that families can seek out from qualified professionals.

Challenging Behaviors Tool Kit
Autism Speaks has created this Challenging Behaviors Tool Kit to provide you with strategies and resources to address challenging behavior, and to help support you and your loved one with autism during these difficult situations.

Medication Decision Aid
This ATN/AIR-P tool kit includes a family decision aid and answers to frequently asked questions, all designed to help you clarify your values and goals and then talk with your healthcare provider about the options, benefits, and possible downsides of medications.

Autism and Medication: Safe and Careful Use
This ATN/AIR-P tool kit was created to help families work with their healthcare providers to make sure that when medicine is chosen as a form of treatment, it is taken safely and effectively.

Other resources include:

PBS: Parents Talking with Kids about News

The Fred Rogers Company: Tragic Events in the News

Bereavement and Grief Resources

SAMHSA Coping with Violence and Traumatic Events