Sept. 9, 2022
Huge Untapped Demand in The $4+ Billion U.S. Autism Treatment Centers Market
There are 6.8 million children and adults with autism in America, and the Unites States is the largest market for autism treatment programs. This is truly a growth market / industry. The combination of demand outpacing the supply of therapists, programs and centers, more favorable insurance reimbursement, private equity investment, more widespread awareness of the condition and advocacy efforts by dozens of organizations, plus the rising incidence of autism among children, all points to sustained growth over the next five years.
ABA (Applied Behavior Analysis) treatment programs are considered to be the most effective and widely used programs for autistic children, but many other types of programs exist, focused on: art, music and theatre therapy, recreational therapy and the use of animals such as dogs and horses.
This is a fragmented industry that operates locally, a mixture of more than 1,600 for-profit and non-profit organizations nationwide.
Top five things to know about this sector:
Market Value & Growth… The U.S. autism treatment market was estimated to be valued at $4.1 billion as of 2021, growing by 11%. This followed a slight contraction in the market in 2020, due to the pandemic and declining sales of medications used to treat autism. Marketdata forecasts higher revenue growth for the for-profit chains to 2025 – 7.0% annually. The non-profit schools and centers are slated to grow by 5.4% per year.
Treatment center revenues… A groundbreaking new analysis by Marketdata, of non-profit programs, based on IRS 990 tax forms, finds that the non-profit group saw revenues rise by 6.8% in 2019 and grow another 1.3% in 2020. Revenues were an estimated $2.73 billion in 2021. Centers quickly shifted to more virtual visits and the impact on operations was moderate. The “average” treatment center or school had revenues estimated at $951,000 in 2021.
Role of Private Equity… Private equity investors have been very active in this market, backing eight major for-profit chains. Changes to U.S. federal and state laws now compel insurance companies to reimburse autism treatments, making the field attractive to investors A total of 60 private equity firms, including Blackstone and KKR, have invested billions into the ABA/autism treatment industry.
Huge Demand For Therapists…. There are basically three types of ABA program providers: brick & mortar centers, community providers, and In-home therapists. There is a shortage of ABA therapists – only 30,000 are certified. The per capita supply of certified ABA facilities falls below the benchmark in 49 states -- thus, lots of untapped demand
The top for-profit chains… Thirteen large multi-site ABA program providers operate an estimated 926 brick & mortar centers and are aggressively acquiring competing centers and building new ones. Together, they accounted for at least $946 million in revenues in 2021—a 26% market share of all ABA programs. At least 1,656 non-profit and for-profit treatment centers and schools are operating in the U.S. today.
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The U.S. Autism Treatment Centers Market, published in September, 2022, is an independent “off-the-shelf” market research study. The study is 106 pages in length, with 14 in-depth competitor profiles. It costs $1,395. A detailed Table of Contents is available by email or at our website. A 19-page Overview Summary report also available for $99. Contact: Marketdata LLC, 7210 Wareham Drive, Tampa, FL 33647, (813) 971-8080. John LaRosa is available for interviews and presentations.
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