Program for Utah kids with autism accepting applications

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SALT LAKE CITY — A program that gives Utah children with autism intensive, individual support is open for enrollment again.

The Medicaid Autism Waiver Program is a pilot program by the Utah Department of Health, and it was funded by the Utah State Legislature to run to the end of fiscal year 2014. Utah has the highest rate of autism in the nation.

Enrollment opened Tuesday and will remain open until July 12. The program treats approximately 250 children between the ages of 2 and 6, and there are currently 35 openings to be filled.

The program launched in late 2012, and Health Department officials said parents and children in the program are seeing positive results. The program provides individual support for children with autism as well as respite care for families.

For more information or to apply for the program, click here.