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Lieutenant Governor Peter Kinder, acting as governor today, signed a bill creating the Missouri Commission on Autism Spectrum Disorders. KSMU's Jennifer Moore reports.
The new commission will advise the governor and legislators on matters relating to Autism. The bill also creates a new office in the Department of Mental Health: the Office of Autism Services.
Members of the Commission will include representatives from the General Assembly, various state agencies, other organizations involved with autism, as well as parents and individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder.
The new commission aims to develop a detailed plan for Missouri on how best to offer training, treatment and services to individuals with autism and their families.
This year, 12.4 million dollars in new funding has been secured for service relating to autism in Missouri—that includes funding to help build a world-class treatment facility at the Thompson Center in Columbia.
For KSMU News, I'm Jennifer Moore.