University picks up $3M in state funds
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.