MURRAY (ABC4 News) – The Pingree Center for Autism broke ground Monday for the first Adult Autism Center in Utah. The facility will provide day treatment for individuals with severe autism, focusing on independence and life-skills.
The 16,000 square-foot facility is located at 6230 South 900 East in Murray; it’s expected to open July of 2020 and serve about 70 people.
“Many people think of autism as a childhood disorder, not something that affects adults,” said Dr. Julia Hood, chief clinical officer, Valley Behavioral Health. “Unfortunately, at age 22, there is a lack of services available and all resources go away. Our goal is to provide these individuals with a place they can be supported, continue to learn and grow, and have meaningful opportunities to be a part of their community.”
The current model is funded through the Division of Services for People with Disabilities and individuals will have to access it through the DSPD wait-list. Find more information here.