State looking to fill autism coordinator position

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - The state of Alabama is looking to fill a new position that will coordinate services available for children and adults with autism.

State Rep. Cam Ward of Alabaster said Friday the position was a recommendation of the Alabama Autism Task Force.

Ward and Lt. Gov. Jim Folsom Jr. are co-chairmen of the panel.

Ward said Gov. Bob Riley made an exception to a state government hiring freeze because the Legislature appropriated money for the job in the budget for this fiscal year.

The autism coordinator will make $79,000 a year.

The position is being advertised beginning Friday and will come under the Alabama Department of Mental Health.

It is being listed as a mental health specialist III and requires a master's degree.

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