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Parkview Huntington ends plans for autism center

Regulatory delays, lack of partnerships blamed

Parkview Huntington Hospital cannot move forward with plans for a comprehensive autism center, the hospital announced today.

Delays in state review and approval of the project layout, as well as a lack of partnerships with behavioral therapists, "have put hospital officials in a position where they cannot move forward," the hospital said in a statement.

In October, Parkview Huntington announced plans to open an autism treatment center by June 30 of this year to serve children ages 2 to 18.

The center was to offer therapeutic and rehabilitation services, and would have provided support-group meetings for families of autistic children, The Journal Gazette has reported.

An earlier story said the center was planned to open with a capacity of 10 patients, with the ability to expand to serve up to 40.

In its statement today, Parkview Huntington said plans for the facility were submitted to the Indiana State Department of Health for review and approval, but no response has been received from that agency as of today.

Parkview Huntington has invested nearly $100,000 into its pediatric rehabilitation area, where occupational, speech and physical therapy will continue to be offered to children with autism, the statement said.

It said hospital leaders were unsuccessful in securing a partnership with applied behavior analysis specialists who could have provided behavioral therapy at the center.

Physical, occupational and speech therapy treatment will continue to be offered at Parkview Huntingtonl, the statement said.