CHAPTER 18B. HIGHER EDUCATION.
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ARTICLE 11A. STATE AUTISM TRAINING CENTER.
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The purpose of the Legislature in the enactment of this
article is to establish and develop an autism training center in
the state of West Virginia with a highly skilled,
interdisciplinary, appropriately experienced staff which will train
teachers, parents, guardians and others important to the autistic
person's education and training. The center is established and
operated by the Marshall university board of governors or its
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For the purposes of this article:
(a) "Board" means the Marshall university board of governors;
(b) "Center" means the autism training center;
(c) "Client" means a person with the primary diagnosis of
autism or autistic-like behavior; and
(d) "Expenses" means those reasonable and customary
expenditures related to training and treatment of eligible clients
as defined in the rules and regulations promulgated by the center.
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§18B-11A-3. Powers and duties of board of governors and state
The board of governors is authorized to operate a state autism
training center, including either the acquisition by purchase,
lease, gift or otherwise, of necessary lands, and the construction
of necessary buildings; the expansion, remodeling, altering or
equipping of necessary buildings; and the making of contracts by
the board of trustees with any state, county or municipal agency,
or nonprofit institution, providing for the equipment, expenses,
compensation of personnel, operation and maintenance of any
facility of such agency or institution utilized for the purposes of
this article. The board or its designees may make and enter into
all contracts and agreements necessary and incidental to the
performance of its powers and duties under this section, and may
cooperate with other agencies of the state, county and federal
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§18B-11A-4. Responsibilities of center.
The center shall, through appropriate identification,
evaluation, education, individual training and treatment programs
for clients, offer appropriate education and training for
professional personnel and family members or guardians.
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§18B-11A-5. Rules and regulations.
The board, after consultation with the center, shall make and
adopt rules, regulations and standards for the establishment,
operation, cost reimbursement, fees for services, maintenance and
government control of the center established pursuant to this
article, including such rules, regulations and standards as may be
necessary for cooperation under and compliance with any existing or
future federal statutes pertaining to grants-in-aid for client
training or facilities and such other rules and regulations as may
be necessary to effectuate the purposes of this article.
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§18B-11A-6. Advisory board.
The board of governors shall appoint a board of West Virginia
citizens to advise the center director on matters of policy. The
advisory board shall be composed of fifty percent parents or
guardians of clients eligible for the center's program; forty
percent persons from professional fields related to autism, such as
special education, psychology, hearing and speech, neurology and
pediatrics; and ten percent knowledgeable lay citizens such as
legislators or other lay community leaders. The director of the
center shall be an ex officio nonvoting member of the advisory
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§18B-11A-7. Trainee team; expense.
The primary method of providing services through the center is
by the use of trainee teams. A trainee team shall consist of an
eligible client, a professional chosen by the primary local service
agency and the client's parent or parents or guardian.
The center may charge agencies such fees and reimburse trainee
team or client expenses as provided by rules and regulations. The
center may also provide for reasonable and customary expenses in
excess of fees charged sending agencies for each trainee team or
otherwise eligible client, including child care for other children
of attending parents and others as specified in rules and