Health Minister Vaughan Gething has announced a recurrent £3m a year to support autism services in Wales.
Mr Gething said the money will be used to continue to fund autism services after the initial £13m funding for the Integrated Autism Service pilots ends in 2021. He also announced plans for a demand and capacity review ensure autism and neurodevelopmental services are sustainable in the long term.
The Minister said:
The integrated autism service is raising awareness of autism across Wales, improving access to assessment and diagnosis and putting in place additional specialist support in every region.
The money I am announcing today will ensure that our commitment to improving autism services is fulfilled in the long term. Alongside this I am commissioning a review ensure that services are meeting people’s needs and the money is being invested where it’s needed.