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Signed supplemental budget plan restores $1 million for Autism Navigator, others

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By Angela Watson | Jan 4, 2020

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Major funding critical for many who are underserved in southeast Michigan has been reinstituted in a supplemental budget plan with a signature from Gov. Gretchen Whitmer. 

“We needed to fight for these essential services and do so without encouraging a tax increase,” said state Rep. Douglas Wozniak (R-Shelby Township). “I was glad to have worked with my colleagues in the Legislature to help bring this funding back across the finish line.”

Autism, education, and health - both physical and mental - are among the many areas where funding was restored. 

The Autism Navigator program, which helps families obtain resources, will receive $1 million. Additionally, $350,000 will go to a new intervention program to help infants and toddlers with autism who have developmental delays. 

Tuition grant money for nearly 17,000 independent college students is also back in place. 

The biggest chunk of money, $16.6 million, is earmarked for rural hospitals. Critical-access hospitals and providers serving low-income patients are set to receive additional money. 

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