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State pledges $4M for behavioral health programs at WMU

KALAMAZOO, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - A big announcement came out on Friday from the State of Michigan, set to help students and families in West Michigan.

Newschannel 3 was at Western Michigan University for the announcement from local officials.

The state is pledging $4 million to WMU, with the big focus being helping kids with autism.

The announcement happened during a press conference at the WMU Health and Human Services campus.

State Rep. Margaret O'Brien says the state has recognized the growing need for trained professionals to help families dealing with autism and other behavioral health issues.

$4 million will go to programs at Western, training a new generation of professionals.

This will keep the students in Michigan, and help families.

The money should be coming into the university later this fall.

State Senators Tonya Schuitmaker and Aric Nesbitt were also on hand for the proceedings.