Lackawanna County Commissioners approved a plan to use a $20,000 state grant to create an eight-county "clearinghouse" for resources related to autism.
The state Department of Community and Economic Development has agreed to front a one-time grant to help build the infrastructure for the Autism Information Resource Center, said county Director of Human Services Teresa Osborne. The eight counties' Mental Health/Mental Retardation programs will help create it.
"The families (of autistic children) felt there really was a need for a clearinghouse such as this," Ms. Osborne said.
She said the county does not intend to create another layer of administration - it will mean hiring a person to staff the resource center - but to make it easier for people to access programs in Northeast Pennsylvania.
The counties participating are Carbon, Lackawanna, Luzerne, Monroe, Pike, Susquehanna, Wayne and Wyoming.
Thursday, October 28, 2010
From The Times Tribune in Scranton, Pa.:
Posted by BA Haller at 8:33 PM