Combating Autism Reauthorization Act (S. 4044)

Text of the Senate bill

December 20, 2010


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The bill:

Extends Existing Authorizations
• Ensures that the critical programs established under the Combating Autism Act of 2006 continue, including CDC surveillance programs, HRSA intervention and training programs, and the Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee (IACC).

Makes Investments in Service Related Activities
• Creates a one-time, single year planning and multiyear service provision demonstration grant programs to States, public, or private nonprofit entities;

• Establishes a national technical assistance center to gather and disseminate information on evidence-based treatments, interventions, and services; and

• Authorizes multiyear grants to provide interdisciplinary training, continuing education, technical assistance, and information to improve services rendered to individuals with ASD and their families.

Establishes a National Institute of Autism Spectrum Disorders
• Creates a new National Institute of Autism Spectrum Disorders within NIH, to consolidate funding and accelerate research focused on prevention, treatment, services, and cures. This cross-agency institute will be able to have a coordinated and targeted research agenda aimed at improving the lives of individuals with autism.