WMU helping families affected by autism

KALAMAZOO, Mich. (WOOD) – Western Michigan University announces the university will be training more behavioral health professionals to help Michigan families affected by autism.

The university says the four million dollars they have received from the state will go towards nearly doubling the number of behavioral health graduates at WMU during an announcement on campus Friday.

The more graduates in health field means more services for children and families affected by autism.

State Representative Margaret O’Brien says there aren’t enough providers in our state which leaves families on waiting lists for years and driving hours for services.

“We all desire independence for our children and for too long being diagnosed with autism was closing doors for kids, but it starts with getting more professionals out there,” State Rep. O’Brien says.

WMU plans on hiring more staff to train more behavioral health students. The university will be getting the funding this fall.

“For us it also gives us an opportunity to take a signature program at the university and expands to and make it even better for the future and share it with others,” said WMU President Dr. John Dunn.

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