Lt. Gov. Calley talks about autism insurance reform on ‘MI Healthy Mind’

Photo courtesy of “MI Healthy Mind” On the set of the “MI Healthy Mind” program about autism spectrum disorder are: show co-host Michael Hunter (left); Colleen Allen, president and CEO of the Autism Alliance of Michigan; Lt. Gov. Brian Calley; and who co-host Elizabeth Atkins.

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On the set of the “MI Healthy Mind” program about autism spectrum disorder are: show co-host Michael Hunter (left); Colleen Allen, president and CEO of the Autism Alliance of Michigan; Lt. Gov. Brian Calley; and who co-host Elizabeth Atkins.

TV20 Detroit program to air January 24

An estimated 50,000 to 80,000 people in Michigan have autism spectrum disorder, including nearly 16,000 school-age children.

Lt. Gov. Brian Calley will discuss autism spectrum disorder and what Michigan is doing to help families with access to services on the WMYD-TV Channel 20 “MI Healthy Mind” Jan. 24.

The 30-minute program that talks openly about matters related to mental health, and airs at noon Sundays.

Calley will share his family’s experience with autism spectrum disorder, commonly known as autism. Joining him will be Colleen Allen, president and CEO of the Autism Alliance of Michigan. Together, they helped to implement autism insurance reform legislation to provide expanded services for people with autism.

Allen also will describe a new program, MiNavigator, which includes both direct consultation and case management by autism professionals and a web-based, adjunct tool, to assist families in navigating the maze of service and support options available in Michigan.

Later in the program, “MI Healthy Mind” hosts Elizabeth Atkins and Michael Hunter will talk with Kristin Rohrbeck, director of OUCares, which provides a variety of outreach programs for the Oakland University Center for Autism, and serves approximately 2,500 people of all ages each year.

Rohrbeck will be accompanied by Sean Rosen, who participated in OUCares employable computer skills training program and now works as a paid intern for OUCares.

“Although autism is a topic that has gained a lot of media attention, there is still so much to learn about this disorder and how it impacts families in Michigan,” said Millie Elston, executive producer of Relativity Communications, producers of “MI Healthy Mind.” “We are honored to have Lt. Governor Calley and these distinguished guests on our show to talk about the many facets of autism and resources available in our state to help people live to their highest potential.”

Sponsored by Team Wellness Center, “MI Healthy Mind” invites viewers to submit mental health and wellness topics of interest to Listening@MIHealthyMind.com.  For more information about opportunities for guest appearances and advertising, go to www.MiHealthyMind.com.