FEBRUARY 4, 2020

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Public Health Management Corporation Announces Affiliation with The Center for Autism
PHMC welcomes CFA as a subsidiary organization, expands services for individuals with autism

PHILADELPHIA – Public Health Management Corporation (PHMC), a nonprofit public health institute that creates and sustains healthier communities, is pleased to announce its affiliation with The Center for Autism (CFA), a leading provider of specialized autism services in Philadelphia and the surrounding region. CFA joins PHMC as a subsidiary organization.

The transaction allows PHMC to expand its breadth of services and deliver direct care to individuals with autism. With the affiliation, CFA clients will have access to PHMC’s continuum of integrated physical, behavioral and social services. CFA will align with PHMC’s Community Mental Health division, which includes school and community-based behavior health services to help children, youth and families build skills, achieve goals, and realize potential through trauma-informed and culturally sensitive approaches.

“We are pleased to welcome The Center for Autism to PHMC’s family of programs and subsidiaries,” said Richard J. Cohen, President and CEO of PHMC. “Dr. Bertram Ruttenberg founded the organization in 1955 and has remained active and involved since that time. We are grateful for his leadership and pioneering therapeutic approach to treating autism. PHMC is committed to honoring CFA’s history and sustaining its legacy as a leading provider of services in our region.”

“For more than 60 years, CFA has been a leader in autism treatment with a reputation for deep clinical expertise and a commitment to improving the quality of life for individuals with autism and their families,” said Michael O’Mara, CFA board member. “With PHMC’s infrastructure and strong continuum of services, CFA will now have the opportunity to expand its programming and range of services.”

CFA is the oldest autism treatment center in the country and was one of the first clinics in the country to exclusively treat autism, pioneering therapeutic approaches such as the use of music therapy, movement therapy and sensory integration. At CFA, each person's treatment plan is unique and focuses on communication, interaction, change and transitions, behaviors and responses, social competencies and sensory processing. Because the individual’s family is viewed as a full partner in the therapeutic process, CFA provides the family with the support, education, treatment, and resources needed to appropriately advocate for the person with autism.

PHMC has more than 3,000 employees and a network of programs and subsidiaries serving hundreds of thousands of individuals each year through a broad continuum of public health services. The organization’s work is grounded in science, research and data, and spans physical, behavioral and mental health care; substance use and opioid misuse treatment; health promotion and prevention services; criminal justice initiatives; workforce development and economic inclusion; and education, child welfare and family social services.

About PHMC
Public Health Management Corporation (PHMC) is a nonprofit public health institute that creates and sustains healthier communities. PHMC uses best practices and evidence-based guidelines to improve community health through direct service, partnership, innovation, policy, research, technical assistance and a prepared workforce. PHMC has served the region since 1972. For more information on PHMC, visit