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Missouri’s Autism Centers Could Get State Aid to End Waiting Lists for Screenings

FILE - In this Jan. 27, 2021 file photo, Missouri Gov. Mike Parson delivers the State of the State address in Jefferson City, Mo. Missouri is clashing with the U.S. Department of Justice over a new law banning police from enforcing federal gun rules. In a letter obtained by The Associated Press, Justice Department officials wrote that state lawmakers went too far with the law and noted that federal law trumps state law under the U.S. Constitution's Supremacy Clause. In response, Parson and Attorney General Eric Schmitt wrote a defiant letter stating that they still plan to enforce the new law. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson, File)

(MISSOURINET) –  The names of more than 23-hundred Missouri kids are sitting on a waiting list to determine if the children have autism.

Governor Mike Parson has requested 4.2-million-dollars in the next state budget to wipe out the waiting list for screenings at Missouri’s autism centers.

The current budget plan includes even more – 6.3-million-dollars. Doctor Steven Sheinkopf, of the Thompson Center for Autism in Columbia, says the funding would help to recruit additional staff to screen these children.

Missouri has autism centers in Columbia, Cape Girardeau, Kansas City, and St. Louis.

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