The Appalachian Regional Commission and the Kentucky Department of Local Government are providing funding to help an eastern Kentucky hospital open a facility to provide early childhood education and health services for autistic children.
Gov. Steve Beshear says Highlands Regional Medical Center in Prestonsburg will use $450,000 in federal, state and local funds to create the Highlands Center for Autism.
The money will pay for services to families with autistic children and to purchase a variety of equipment, from playground items to a monitoring system.
Beshear called the new center a "groundbreaking resource" for autistic children and their families.