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HRSA Awards $14 Million to Help Children With Autism Spectrum Disorders

 
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, September 17, 2008
CONTACT: HRSA PRESS OFFICE
301-443-3376

The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) today announced more than $14 million in FY 2008 grants to improve the health and well-being of children and youth with autism spectrum disorders (ASD).

“Autism is a condition that presents special challenges for many families and the providers who treat these special children,” said HRSA Administrator Elizabeth M. Duke. “These grants, funded by HRSA's Maternal and Child Health Bureau, demonstrate our commitment to improving the care of children with autism spectrum disorders.”

Today's funds are awarded from six HRSA programs:

  • Twenty-one universities and research organizations will receive grants worth almost $5.6 million, as part of HRSA's Maternal and Child Health Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Other Related Disabilities (LEND) program. Four are new grantees and seventeen are existing LEND grants. LEND trains future leaders in a variety of disciplines to improve the health of children who have or are at risk of developing neurodevelopmental disabilities or other similar conditions such as autism.

  • Six states will receive grants totaling almost $1.8 million to improve access to health care and related services for children and youth with ASD and other developmental disabilities. Grantees will implement existing state plans to improve services for these young people.

  • The Association of University Centers on Disabilities in Silver Spring, Md., will receive a grant worth almost $500,000 for the National Interdisciplinary Training Resource Center. The grant will provide technical assistance, build and sustain partnerships with other organizations and service systems already serving children with ASD and other developmental disabilities, translate research into evidence-based practice and utilize existing and develop new data systems to capture and report project outcomes.

  • The General Hospital Corporation of Boston will receive an award of almost $4 million to conduct research on interventions to improve the physical health and well-being of children and adolescents with ASD and other developmental disabilities.

  • The Regents of the University of California at Los Angeles will receive $2 million to conduct research on the behavioral, mental, social, and/or cognitive health and well-being of children and adolescents with ASD and other developmental disabilities.

  • The Association of Maternal and Child Health Programs will receive a $250,000 award to develop the State Public Health Coordinating Center for Autism. Funds will develop a strategy for defining, supporting, and monitoring the role of state Public Health agencies in assuring that children and youth with ASD and other developmental disabilities receive early and timely identification, diagnosis, and intervention.

Tables listing grant recipients are found below:

Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental & Related Disorders Training Program

Organization

City

State

Amount

University of Alabama at Birmingham

Birmingham

Ala.

$200,000

University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences

Little Rock

Ark.

$550,000

Childrens Hospital of Los Angeles-School of Physical Therapy

Los Angeles

Calif.

$200,000

University of Colorado Denver

Aurora

Colo.

$550,000

University of Connecticut Health Center

Farmington

Conn.

$550,000

Children's Research Institute

Washington

D.C.

$200,000

University of Illinois at Chicago

Chicago

Ill.

$549,999

Indiana University, School of Medicine

Indianapolis

Ind.

$200,000

University of Kansas Medical Center Research Institute

Kansas City

Kan.

$195,155

Children's Hospital

Boston

Mass.

$200,000

Board of Regents of the University of Nebraska

Omaha

Neb.

$200,000

Trustees of Dartmouth College

Hanover

N.H.

$200,000

Albert Einstein College of Medicine

Bronx

N.Y.

$200,000

University of Rochester

Rochester

N.Y.

$200,000

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Chapel Hill

N.C.

$200,000

The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia

Philadelphia

Pa.

$200,000

University of Tennessee at Knoxville

Memphis

Tenn.

$200,000

Vanderbilt University Medical Center

Nashville

Tenn.

$200,000

University of Utah

Salt Lake City

Utah

$200,000

University of Vermont

Burlington

Vt.

$200,000

University of Washington

Seattle

Wash.

$200,000

TOTAL:

$5,595,154

State Implementation Grants for Improving Services for Children and Youth with ASD

Organization

City

State

Amount

Alaska Department of Health and Social Services

Anchorage

Alaska

$300,000

The Hope School

Springfield

Ill.

$300,000

The Curators of the University of Missoui

Columbia

Mo.

$297,957

Utah Department of Health

Salt Lake City

Utah

$300,000

Washington Department of Health

Olympia

Wash.

$300,000

Wisconsin Dept. of Health and Family Services

Madison

Wis.

$300,000

TOTAL:

$1,797,957

National Interdisciplinary Training Resource Center

Organization

City

State

Amount

Association of University Centers on Disabilities

Silver Spring

Md.

$500,000

Autism Intervention Research Network on Physical Health (AIR-P Network)

Organization

City

State

Amount

General Hospital Corporation

Boston

Mass.

$4,000,000

Autism Intervention Research Network on Behavioral Health (AIR-B Network)

Organization

City

State

Amount

Regents of the University of California at Los Angeles

Los Angeles

Calif.

$2,000,000

State Public Health Coordinating Center for Autism

Organization

City

State

Amount

Association of Maternal and Child Health Programs

Washington

D.C.

$250,000

For more information on HRSA's Maternal and Child Health programs, visit www.mchb.hrsa.gov.

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