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University picks up $3M in state funds

January 5, 2015
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WMU Hosts Autism Conference
WMU students often work with special education students, including those with autism, as part of their studies. Courtesy WMU

Governor Rick Snyder has signed legislation that will take $3 million from a state autism fund and re-direct it to autism programs at a university in the region.

The fund was created in 2012 to reimburse health insurance companies for the cost of benefits covering the diagnosis and treatment of autism-spectrum disorders. But insurers haven't filed nearly as many claims as expected.

Western Michigan University will receive $3 million, while Central Michigan and Oakland universities will also continue getting $500,000 apiece.

The money will help universities train health workers to assess, diagnose and provide treatment to people with autism-spectrum disorders.

The bill signed last week also provides $1.5 million for the Autism Alliance of Michigan to provide assistance and resources for families dealing with the disorder.

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