he Judevine Center for Autism in Kirksville was opened on May 30, 2015. State Representative Nate Walker (R-3rd District) was guest speaker.
Judevine received a grant from the Missouri Foundation for Health which is enabling Judevine to expand the number of behavior therapists and services in Northeast Missouri. President and Director, Becky Blackwell said, “We applaud this cooperative approach as a model for autism service development in other rural communities throughout Missouri.”
In another cooperative venture, Judevine has partnered with the Northeast Missouri Health Council, Pediatric Clinic, to provide assessments that will assist the Pediatricians in their diagnostic process for children with autism. The local effort spares families months of waiting and traveling to larger clinics far from home.
Judevine is also working cooperatively with the Adair County SB 40 Board to request funding to provide more assessment services in that county — a keen need.
In the Northeast Region autism services include behavior therapy, respite care, social skills training, assessments and training for public school personnel and personal assistant services.
The future looks great as Judevine works towards a partnership with Truman State University for internships and other cooperative ventures.
Jaimee Miller, BCBA, LBA email@example.com
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