The state is giving $500,000 to a group of Central Michigan University psychology professors to train professionals to work with people who have autism spectrum disorders.
The university says the one-year grant comes from the Michigan Department of Community Health grant. It says the aid goes to professors to help train 33 students in applied behavior analysis.
The university says the intervention practices help those with autism improve their social behaviors.
The faculty members are Carl Merle Johnson, Sharon Bradley-Johnson, Michael Hixson, Mark Reilly and Katrina Rhymer.
The program starts in January and allows 25 Central Michigan undergraduates to earn board certification as assistant behavior analysts. It also lets eight graduate students become board-certified behavior analysts.