Fresno State, and Valley Children’s to create autism center in Madera County

The Autism Center at Fresno State and Valley Children’s Hospital announced on Tuesday that they will open a satellite autism center at the Madera County hospital.

The new location will open at the Therapy Center at the hospital. The satellite center will allow the Autism Center to expand its services and provide more opportunities to train undergraduate and graduate students.

The deal, agreed upon by Fresno State President Joseph Castro and Valley Children’s Hospital President and CEO Todd Suntrapak, specifies that Valley Children’s will provide the Fresno State program with space at no cost. Two rooms will be set aside for early behavior intervention, and two office spaces will be given to management staff. All patients will be referred to the program by their pediatrician or through the Central Valley Regional Center.

No timetable was given for construction, but officials hope to dedicate the new center in early summer.