State health officials are laying out comprehensive, long-term goals to improve services for children and adults living with autism in Michigan.
The Michigan Department of Community Health and Autism Council released the Michigan Autism Spectrum Disorders State Plan on Monday.
The goals include creating a state resource center where families and individuals living with autism can get information and be connected to available services. The plan also calls for increasing screening for autism spectrum disorders by primary care and early childhood providers.
Autism spectrum disorders are a group of developmental brain disorders including autism, Asperger syndrome and Rett syndrome.
Republican Gov. Rick Snyder signed an executive order last year to create the Autism Council within the MDCH. The group will be responsible for overseeing the implementation of the state plan.