USM Plans Autism Therapy Degree Program as a Result of House Bill 885

April 16, 2015 11:08 AM

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Gov. Phil Bryant, along with Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann and University of Southern Mississippi President Rodney D. Bennett, today announced USM’s plan to launch an emphasis area in Applied Behavior Analysis in its psychology master’s degree program. Applied Behavior Analysis, also known as ABA therapy, is widely regarded as an effective treatment for Autism Spectrum Disorder.

USM is launching the program as a result of House Bill 885, which Gov. Bryant signed into law on March 26. The measure was championed by Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann and requires insurance plans to provide coverage for autism treatment, including ABA therapy.

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