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Services For Autism Spectrum Disorder

LANSING, Mich. (AP) - State health officials are aiming to better connect Michigan residents who need treatment for autism spectrum disorders with available services.

The Michigan Autism Spectrum Disorders State Plan will be released Monday.

Autism spectrum disorders are developmental brain disorders including autism and Asperger's.

The Michigan Department of Community Health says there are 16,000 students in Michigan public school systems and 50,000 people in the state living with autism spectrum disorders.

Last year, Lt. Gov. Brian Calley signed legislation requiring insurance companies to provide coverage for children's autism treatment. Insurers are reimbursed through a $15 million autism coverage incentive fund.

Health department spokeswoman Angela Minicuci says mandating insurance coverage is only one step. She says the focus is now on ensuring that treatment is available and accessible.

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