S 1132

112th CONGRESS
1st Session

S. 1132

To establish programs to provide services to individuals with autism and the families of such individuals and for other purposes.

IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES

May 26, 2011

Mr. MENENDEZ introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions


A BILL

To establish programs to provide services to individuals with autism and the families of such individuals and for other purposes.

    Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,

SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.

    This Act may be cited as the `Autism Spectrum Disorders Services Act of 2011'.

SEC. 2. INTERAGENCY AUTISM COORDINATING COMMITTEE.

    Section 399CC of the Public Health Service Act (42 U.S.C. 280i-2) is amended--

      (1) in subsection (a), by striking `within the Department of Health and Human Services' and inserting `of Federal agencies';

      (2) in subsection (b)--

        (A) in paragraph (1), by inserting `and the families of such individuals' before the semicolon at the end;

        (B) in paragraph (2)--

          (i) by inserting `, evaluate, and assess' after `monitor'; and

          (ii) by inserting `and facilitate collaboration among Federal agencies' before the semicolon at the end;

        (C) in paragraph (3), by inserting `and other appropriate Federal Government department and agency heads' after `Secretary';

        (D) in paragraph (4), by inserting `and other appropriate Federal Government department and agency heads' after `Secretary';

        (E) in paragraph (5), by inserting `and services and supports for individuals with autism spectrum disorder and the families of such individuals' after `research'; and

        (F) in paragraph (6), by striking `submit to the Congress' and inserting `submit to the President, who shall review and transmit to Congress,';

      (3) in subsection (c)--

        (A) in paragraph (1)(D), by inserting `, the Department of Defense, the National Council on Disability, and other relevant Federal agencies, including the Department of Housing and Urban Development, the Department of Justice, and the Department of Labor' before the semicolon at the end; and

        (B) in paragraph (2)--

          (i) in the matter preceding subparagraph (A), by striking `fewer than 6 members of the Committee, or 1/3 of the total membership of the Committee, whichever is greater,' and inserting `less than 1/2 of the total membership of the Committee';

          (ii) in subparagraph (A), by striking `one such member shall be an individual' and inserting `2 such members shall be individuals';

          (iii) in subparagraph (B)--

            (I) by striking `one such member shall be a parent or legal guardian' and inserting `2 such members shall be a parent or a legal guardian'; and

            (II) by striking `and' at the end;

          (iv) in subparagraph (C)--

            (I) by striking `one such member shall be a representative' and inserting `2 such members shall be representatives'; and

            (II) by striking the period at the end and inserting `; and'; and

          (v) by adding at the end the following:

        `(D) at least 2 such members shall be clinicians or service-providers who work with individuals with autism spectrum disorder.';

      (4) in subsection (d), by inserting after paragraph (4) the following:

      `(5) The Committee shall be chaired by an individual designated by the Secretary.

      `(6) If the Secretary determines that the attendance at meetings of a Member of the Committee has not been adequate, the Secretary may rescind the appointment of such member before the expiration of the term of such member and appoint another individual to fill the vacancy.';

      (5) by rewriting subsection (e) to read as follows:

    `(e) Subcommittees; Establishment and Membership-

      `(1) IN GENERAL- In carrying out its functions, the Committee may convene workshop and conferences. The Committee shall establish a subcommittee on research on autism spectrum disorders, a subcommittee on services and supports for individuals with autism spectrum disorders and the families of such individuals, and such other subcommittees as the Committee determines appropriate. Such subcommittees shall vote separately on matters within their respective jurisdictions. Such subcommittees shall be composed of Committee members and may hold such meetings as are necessary to enable the subcommittees to carry out their duties.

      `(2) ANNUAL REPORT- The Committee shall submit an annual report to Congress describing the recommendations of the subcommittees described in paragraph (1) with respect to services and supports for individuals with autism spectrum disorders and the families of such individuals.';

      (6) by redesignating subsection (f) as subsection (g);

      (7) by amending subsection (g), as so redesignated, by striking `2011' and inserting `2016'; and

      (8) by inserting after subsection (e) the following:

    `(f) Report- Not later than 1 year after the date of enactment of the and annually thereafter, the Comptroller General of the United States shall submit a report to Congress concerning the progress of the Federal Government in implementing the strategic plan for autism spectrum disorder research and services and supports for individuals with autism spectrum disorder and the families of such individuals.'.

SEC. 3. CARE FOR PEOPLE WITH AUTISM SPECTRUM DISORDERS AND PUBLIC EDUCATION.

    Part R of title III of the Public Health Service Act (42 U.S.C. 280i et seq.) is amended--

      (1) by redesignating section 399EE as section 399FF; and

      (2) by inserting after section 399DD the following:

`SEC. 399EE. PLANNING AND DEMONSTRATION GRANT FOR SERVICES FOR CHILDREN, TRANSITIONING YOUTH, AND ADULTS.

    `(a) In General- To assist selected eligible entities in providing appropriate services to children, youth with autism spectrum disorders who are transitioning from secondary education to careers or post-secondary education (referred to in this section as `transitioning youth'), adults with autism spectrum disorders, and individuals of any age with autism spectrum disorders who may be at risk due to behavioral and preventable environmental factors, such as wandering (referred to in this section as `individuals at risk'), the Secretary shall establish--

      `(1) a one-time, single-year planning grant program for eligible entities; and

      `(2) a multi-year service provision demonstration grant program for selected eligible entities.

    `(b) Purpose of Grants- Grants shall be awarded to eligible entities to provide all or part of the funding needed to--

      `(1) carry out programs that focus critical aspects of life for children, transitioning youth, and adults with autism spectrum disorders (including adults not eligible for developmental disability services provided by a State), such as--

        `(A) postsecondary education, peer support, vocational training, self-advocacy skills, and employment;

        `(B) community-based behavioral supports and interventions;

        `(C) residential services, housing, and transportation;

        `(D) nutrition, health and wellness, recreational and social activities; and

        `(E) personal safety for individuals at risk and the needs of individuals with autism spectrum disorders who become involved with the criminal justice system; and

      `(2) develop and implement autism navigator initiatives that create a more efficient, effective, coordinated use of the health, housing, education and social service systems for individuals with an autism spectrum disorder.

    `(c) Eligible Entity- An eligible entity desiring to receive a grant under this section shall be a State or other public or private nonprofit organization, including a State Council on Developmental Disabilities, as defined in section 102 of the Developmental Disabilities Assistance and Bill of Rights Act of 2000 (42 U.S.C. 15002).

    `(d) Planning Grants-

      `(1) IN GENERAL- The Secretary shall award one-time grants to eligible entities to support the planning and development of initiatives that will expand and enhance service delivery systems for children, individuals at risk, transitioning youth, and adults with autism spectrum disorders.

      `(2) APPLICATION- In order to receive such a grant, an eligible entity shall--

        `(A) submit an application at such time and containing such information as the Secretary may require; and

        `(B) demonstrate the ability to carry out such planning grant in coordination with the applicable State Council on Developmental Disabilities and organizations representing or serving individuals with autism spectrum disorders and the families of such individuals.

    `(e) Implementation Grants-

      `(1) IN GENERAL- The Secretary shall award grants to eligible entities that have received a planning grant under subsection (d) to enable such entities to provide appropriate services to children, individuals at risk, transitioning youth, and adults with autism spectrum disorders.

      `(2) APPLICATION- In order to receive a grant under paragraph (1), the eligible entity shall submit an application at such time and containing such information as the Secretary may require, including--

        `(A) the services that the eligible entity proposes to provide and the expected outcomes for the individuals who receive such services;

        `(B) the number of individuals who will be served by such grant, including an estimate of the individuals in underserved areas who will be served by such grant;

        `(C) the ways in which services will be coordinated among both public and nonprofit providers of services for children, transitioning youth, and adults with disabilities, including community-based services;

        `(D) where applicable, the process through which the eligible entity will distribute funds to a range of community-based or nonprofit providers of services, including local governments, and the capacity of such entity to provide such services;

        `(E) the process through which the eligible entity will monitor and evaluate the outcome of activities funded through the grant, including the effect of the activities upon individuals who receive such services;

        `(F) where applicable, the plans of the eligible entity to coordinate and streamline transitions from youth to adult services;

        `(G) the process by which the eligible entity will ensure compliance with the integration requirement under section 302 of the Americans With Disabilities Act of 1990 (42 U.S.C. 12182); and

        `(H) a description of how such services may be sustained following the grant period.

    `(f) Evaluation- The Secretary shall contract with a third-party organization with expertise in evaluation to evaluate such demonstration grant program and, not later than 180 days after the conclusion of the grant program under subsection (e), submit a report to the Secretary. The evaluation and report may include an analysis of whether and to what extent the services provided through the grant program described in this section resulted in improved safety, health, education, employment, and community integration outcomes or other measures, as the Secretary determines appropriate.

    `(g) Administrative Expenses- Of the amounts appropriated to carry out this section, the Secretary shall set aside not more than 7 percent for administrative expenses, including the expenses related to carrying out the evaluation described in subsection (f).

    `(h) Supplement, Not Supplant- Demonstration grant funds provided under this section shall supplement, not supplant, existing treatments, interventions, and services for individuals with autism spectrum disorders.'.

`SEC. 399EE-1. NATIONAL TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE CENTER FOR AUTISM TREATMENTS, INTERVENTIONS, AND SERVICES.

    `(a) Establishment of National Technical Assistance Center for Autism Treatments, Interventions, and Services- The Secretary shall award a grant to a national nonprofit organization for the establishment and maintenance of a national technical assistance center.

    `(b) Eligibility- An organization shall be eligible to receive a grant under subsection (a) if the organization--

      `(1) has demonstrated knowledge and expertise in serving children with autism and adults with autism and the families of such individuals;

      `(2) has demonstrated knowledge of how to translate research to practice, and present information in a way that is easily accessible and understandable to the family members of individuals with autism;

      `(3) has demonstrated capacity of training educators, health care providers, family members, and others to support the needs of individuals with autism;

      `(4) has demonstrated capacity of disseminating information throughout the United States; and

      `(5) has demonstrated capacity to establish and maintain an Internet Web site through which to disseminate information in an easily accessible manner.

    `(c) Use of Funds- The national technical assistance center established under this section shall--

      `(1) gather and disseminate information on evidence-based treatments, interventions, and services for children with autism and adults with autism, including best practices in delivering such treatments, interventions, and services, and make such information available to State agencies with responsibilities under section 399BB(c)(2), local communities, and individuals;

      `(2) gather and disseminate information on activities of the Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee established under section 399CC;

      `(3) provide analysis of activities funded under the Autism Spectrum Disorders Services Act of 2011, including--

        `(A) the effectiveness of State and community-based models for delivering comprehensive services to individuals with autism;

        `(B) identification and dissemination of best practices emerging from States, community-based organizations, nonprofit providers, and local governments receiving demonstration grants under this subpart;

        `(C) the State-by-State availability of, and gaps in, services for individuals with autism spectrum disorders, including information on services or service gaps in rural areas; and

        `(D) levels of funding and funding sources of services for individuals with autism spectrum disorders in States;

      `(4) provide technical assistance to States and organizations funded under this part;

      `(5) gather and disseminate information about autism spectrum disorders;

      `(6) establish and maintain an Internet Web site through which to disseminate the information gathered under this section in an easily accessible manner;

      `(7) establish partnerships with advocacy organizations to disseminate accurate information on education, service-provision, and support options and provide assistance in navigating service-provision systems; and

      `(8) gather and disseminate other information as determined appropriate by the Secretary.'.

SEC. 4. AUTHORIZATION OF APPROPRIATIONS.

    Section 399FF of the Public Health Service Act, as so redesignated by section 3, is amended by adding at the end the following:

    `(d) Planning and Demonstration Grant for Services for Children, Transitioning Youth and Adults- To carry out section 399EE, there are authorized to be appropriated the following:

      `(1) For fiscal year 2012, $80,000,000.

      `(2) For fiscal year 2013, $90,000,000.

      `(3) For fiscal year 2014, $100,000,000.

      `(4) For fiscal year 2015, $110,000,000.

      `(5) For fiscal year 2016, $120,000,000.

    `(e) National Technical Assistance Center for Autism Treatments, Interventions, and Services- To carry out section 399EE-1, there are authorized to be appropriated the following:

      `(1) For fiscal year 2012, $2,000,000.

      `(2) For fiscal year 2013, $2,100,000.

      `(3) For fiscal year 2014, $2,200,000.

      `(4) For fiscal year 2015, $2,300,000.

      `(5) For fiscal year 2016, $2,400,000.'.

SEC. 5. GAO STUDY ON SERVICE PROVISION AND FINANCING.

    Not later than 1 year after the date of enactment of this Act, the Comptroller General of the United States shall release a report that examines the following issues:

      (1) The ways in which autism services and treatments are currently financed in the United States.

      (2) Current policies for public and private health insurance coverage of autism treatments, interventions, and services.

      (3) Geographic and regional disparities in provision of services across the lifespan of individuals with autism, levels of community-based versus institutional services, and coverage for such services.

      (4) Ways in which to improve financing of autism treatments, interventions, and services, so as to ensure a minimum level of coverage across the United States.

      (5) Gaps in financing and availability of services for adults on the autism spectrum, focusing particularly on the needs of adults not eligible for developmental disability services provided by the State.

      (6) Areas of need to improve the quality of services available to individuals on the autism spectrum in cross-disability contexts, such as vocational rehabilitation and centers for independent living.

      (7) Findings from replicable studies that indicate an increased risk of mortality for individuals with autism due to preventable circumstances such as wandering, exposure, drowning, and untreated seizure disorders.

      (8) Gaps in financing and availability of services for individuals with severe behavioral challenges and the families of such individuals.

      (9) State-administered waiting lists for services, including residential services, for individuals already deemed eligible for such services by a State, and specific policies to expedite the availability of services for individuals on the waiting list.

SEC. 6. EMERGING NEEDS PROTECTION AND ADVOCACY PROGRAM FOR INDIVIDUALS WITH AUTISM SPECTRUM DISORDERS.

    (a) Initiatives on Autism Spectrum Disorders- Title I of the Developmental Disabilities Assistance and Bill of Rights Act of 2000 (42 U.S.C. 15001 et seq.) is amended by adding at the end the following:

`Subtitle F--Initiatives on Autism Spectrum Disorders

`SEC. 171. EMERGING NEEDS PROTECTION AND ADVOCACY PROGRAM.

    `(a) In General- The Secretary shall make grants to protection and advocacy systems for the purpose of enabling such systems to address the needs of individuals with autism spectrum disorders.

    `(b) Services Provided- Services provided under this section may include the provision of--

      `(1) information, referrals, and advice;

      `(2) individual and family advocacy;

      `(3) legal representation;

      `(4) specific assistance in self-advocacy and assistance in capacity building for organizations that advocate on behalf of individuals with autism spectrum disorder; or

      `(5) training to individuals with autism spectrum disorders, the families of such individuals, or advocates for individuals with autism spectrum disorders.

    `(c) Eligibility- To be eligible to receive a grant under this section, a protection and advocacy system shall--

      `(1) have the right and authority to investigate incidents of abuse and neglect of youth and adults with autism spectrum disorders if the incidents are reported to the protection and advocacy system or if there is probable cause to believe that the incidents occurred;

      `(2) have the right and authority to pursue administrative, legal, and other appropriate remedies and approaches to ensure the protection of youth and adults with autism spectrum disorders; and

      `(3) have the rights and authorities, including access authority, described in section 143 of this Act and section 105 of the Protection and Advocacy for Individuals with Mental Illness Act (42 U.S.C. 10804).

    `(d) Grant Amounts- The Secretary shall make grants under this section during each fiscal year beginning on October 1 to protection and advocacy systems as follows:

      `(1) APPROPRIATIONS LESS THAN $6,700,000- With respect to any fiscal year for which the amount appropriated under subsection (i) is less than $6,700,000, the Secretary shall make grants from such amount to protection and advocacy systems that apply for a grant under this section in the amounts described in paragraph (3).

      `(2) APPROPRIATIONS OF $6,700,000 OR MORE-

        `(A) IN GENERAL- With respect to any fiscal year for which the amount appropriated under subsection (i) is $6,700,000 or more, the Secretary shall make grants from such amount to protection and advocacy systems under this section in accordance with subparagraph (B).

        `(B) AMOUNT OF GRANT- Subject to paragraph (3), the amount of a grant to a protection and advocacy system under subparagraph (A) shall be equal to an amount bearing the same ratio to the total amount appropriated for the fiscal year involved as the population of the State, Territory, or Consortium in which the grantee is located bears to the cumulative population of all States, Territories, and the Consortium that receive such grant.

      `(3) MINIMUM AMOUNTS-

        `(A) IN GENERAL- The amount of a grant under this section shall not be less than--

          `(i) in the case of a protection and advocacy system located in a State, $120,000; and

          `(ii) in the case of a protection and advocacy system located in a Territory or Consortium, $60,000.

        `(B) ADJUSTMENTS TO MINIMUM AMOUNTS-

          `(i) IN GENERAL- In the case of a fiscal year (referred to in this subparagraph as the `current fiscal year') in which the total amount appropriated under subsection (i) is $10,000,000 or more, and such amount appropriated exceeds the total amount appropriated under such subsection for the preceding fiscal year, the Secretary shall increase the minimum grant amounts under subparagraph (A) by a percentage equal to the percentage by which the total amount appropriated for the current fiscal year exceeds the amount appropriated for the previous fiscal year.

          `(ii) EXCEPTION- Clause (i) shall not apply in the case that the total amount appropriated for the current fiscal year is less than the amount appropriated for any fiscal year in the period between the date of enactment of the Autism Spectrum Disorders Services Act of 2011 and such current fiscal year.

        `(C) APPLICABILITY OF ADJUSTMENTS- An increase in the minimum grant amounts under subparagraph (B) shall be effective for each subsequent fiscal year.

      `(4) LOWER APPROPRIATION YEARS- In the case of a fiscal year for which the amount appropriated under subsection (i) is insufficient to satisfy the requirements of paragraph (3) for each protection and advocacy system that applies for a grant under this section, the Secretary shall award grants in the amounts described in paragraph (3) to as many protection and advocacy systems as the amount appropriated allows.

      `(5) DEFINITIONS- For purposes of this subsection and subsection (e):

        `(A) CONSORTIUM- The term `Consortium' means an American Indian Consortium, as defined in section 102(1).

        `(B) STATE- The term `State' means each of the 50 States of the United States, the District of Columbia, and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico.

        `(C) TERRITORY- The term `Territory' means American Samoa, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, Guam, and the United States Virgin Islands.

    `(e) Carryover- Any amount paid to a protection and advocacy system that serves a Consortium, State, or Territory for a fiscal year under this section that remains unobligated at the end of such fiscal year shall remain available to such system for obligation during the next fiscal year for the purposes for which such amount was originally provided.

    `(f) Direct Payment- Notwithstanding any other provision of law, the Secretary shall pay directly to any protection and advocacy system that complies with the provisions of this section, the total amount of the grant for such system, unless the system provides otherwise for such payment.

    `(g) Administrative, Reporting, and Oversight Requirements- To the extent practicable, reporting, monitoring, program financing, and other administrative and oversight requirements established by the Secretary under this section shall be consistent with the other administrative, reporting, and oversight requirements for a protection and advocacy system.

    `(h) Annual Report- Each protection and advocacy system that receives a payment under this section shall submit an annual report to the Secretary concerning the services provided to individuals with autism spectrum disorders by such system.

    `(i) Authorization of Appropriations- To carry out this section, there are authorized to be appropriated the following:

      `(1) For fiscal year 2012, $8,000,000.

      `(2) For fiscal year 2013, $9,000,000.

      `(3) For fiscal year 2014, $10,000,000.

      `(4) For fiscal year 2015, $11,000,000.

      `(5) For fiscal year 2016, $12,000,000.

    `(j) Definition- In this section, the term `protection and advocacy system' means a protection and advocacy system established under section 143.

    `(k) Technical Assistance-

      `(1) APPROPRIATIONS OF LESS THAN $6,750,000- For a fiscal year for which the amount appropriated to carry out this section is less than $6,750,000, the Secretary shall set aside the greater of--

        `(A) 1 percent of the funds appropriated; or

        `(B) $25,000,

      to make a grant to a national organization with experience in providing training and technical assistance to protection and advocacy systems to provide such training and technical assistance.

      `(2) APPROPRIATIONS OF NOT LESS THAN $6,750,000- For a fiscal year for which the amount appropriated to carry out this section is not less than $6,750,000, the Secretary shall set aside 2 percent of the funds appropriated to make a grant to a national organization with experience in providing training and technical assistance to protection and advocacy systems to provide such training and technical assistance.

`SEC. 172. NATIONAL TRAINING INITIATIVE.

    `(a) Grants and Technical Assistance-

      `(1) GRANTS-

        `(A) IN GENERAL- The Secretary, in consultation with the Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee established under section 399CC of the Public Health Service Act, shall award multi-year grants to eligible entities to provide individuals with interdisciplinary training, continuing education, technical assistance, and information for the purpose of improving services rendered to individuals with autism spectrum disorders and the families of such individuals, to address unmet needs related to autism spectrum disorders.

        `(B) ELIGIBLE ENTITY- To be eligible to receive a grant under this subsection, an entity shall be--

          `(i) a University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities Education, Research, and Service; or

          `(ii) a comparable interdisciplinary education, research, and service entity.

        `(C) APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS- An entity that desires to receive a grant for a program under this subsection shall submit to the Secretary an application--

          `(i) demonstrating that the entity has capacity to--

            `(I) provide training and technical assistance in evidence-based practices to evaluate, and provide effective interventions, services, treatments, and supports to individuals with autism spectrum disorders and the families of such individuals; and

            `(II) establish a consumer advisory committee that includes individuals with autism spectrum disorder and family members of individuals with autism spectrum disorder;

          `(ii) providing assurances that the entity will--

            `(I) provide trainees under this subsection with an appropriate balance of interdisciplinary academic and community-based experiences; and

            `(II) provide to the Secretary, in the manner prescribed by the Secretary, data regarding the number of individuals who have benefitted from, and outcomes of, the provision of training and technical assistance under this subsection;

          `(iii) providing assurances that training, technical assistance, dissemination of information, and services under this subsection will be--

            `(I) consistent with the goals of this Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, and the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965; and

            `(II) conducted in coordination with relevant State agencies, institutions of higher education, and service providers; and

          `(iv) containing such other information and assurances as the Secretary may require.

        `(D) USE OF FUNDS- A grant received under this subsection shall be used to provide individuals (including parents and health, allied health, vocational, and educational professionals) with interdisciplinary training, continuing education, technical assistance, and information for the purpose of improving services rendered to individuals with autism spectrum disorders and the families of such individuals, to address unmet needs related to autism spectrum disorders. Such training, education, assistance, and information shall include each of the following:

          `(i) Training health, allied health, vocational, and educational professionals to identify, evaluate the needs of, and develop interventions, services, treatments, and supports (including housing, personal safety, and employment related supports) for individuals with autism spectrum disorders.

          `(ii) Developing, demonstrating, and disseminating a standard curriculum for the training of first responders, including police, firefighters, emergency medical technicians, and other law enforcement and public safety officers.

          `(iii) Training direct service professionals to provide housing and employment related supports.

          `(iv) Developing model services and supports that demonstrate evidence-based practices.

          `(v) Developing systems and products that allow for the interventions, services, treatments, and supports to be evaluated for fidelity of implementation.

          `(vi) Working to expand the availability of evidence-based, lifelong interventions; educational, employment, and transition services; and community supports.

          `(vii) Providing statewide technical assistance in collaboration with relevant State agencies, institutions of higher education, advocacy organizations, family groups, and community-based service providers.

          `(viii) Working to develop comprehensive systems of supports and services for individuals with autism spectrum disorders and the families of such individuals, including seamless transitions between education and health systems across the lifespan.

          `(ix) Promoting training, technical assistance, dissemination of information, supports, and services.

          `(x) Developing mechanisms to provide training and technical assistance, including for-credit courses, intensive summer institutes, continuing education programs, distance-based programs, and Internet Web site-based information dissemination strategies.

          `(xi) Promoting activities that support community-based family and individual services and enable individuals with autism spectrum disorders to fully participate in society and achieve good quality-of-life outcomes.

          `(xii) Collecting data on the outcomes of training and technical assistance programs to meet statewide needs for the expansion of services to individuals with autism spectrum disorders.

        `(E) AMOUNT OF GRANTS- The amount of a grant to any entity for a fiscal year under this paragraph shall be not less than $250,000.

      `(2) TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE- The Secretary shall reserve 2 percent of the amount appropriated to carry out this subsection for a fiscal year to make a grant to a national organization with demonstrated capacity for providing training and technical assistance to--

        `(A) assist in national dissemination of specific information, including evidence-based best practices, from interdisciplinary training programs, and when appropriate, other entities whose findings would inform the work performed by entities awarded grants;

        `(B) compile and disseminate strategies and materials that prove to be effective in the provision of training and technical assistance so that the entire network can benefit from the models, materials, and practices developed in individual centers;

        `(C) assist in the coordination of activities of grantees under this subsection;

        `(D) develop an Internet portal that will provide linkages to each of the individual training initiatives and provide access to training modules, promising training, and technical assistance practices and other materials developed by grantees;

        `(E) serve as a research-based resource for Federal and State policymakers on information concerning the provision of training and technical assistance for the assessment, and provision of supports and services for, individuals with autism spectrum disorders;

        `(F) partner with Federal, State, and local advocacy organizations to ensure effective dissemination of research findings to individuals on the autism spectrum;

        `(G) convene experts from multiple interdisciplinary training programs, individuals with autism spectrum disorders, and the families of such individuals to discuss and make recommendations with regard to training issues related to assessment, interventions, services, treatment, and supports for individuals with autism spectrum disorders; and

        `(H) undertake any other functions that the Secretary determines to be appropriate.

      `(3) AUTHORIZATION OF APPROPRIATIONS- To carry out this subsection, there are authorized to be appropriated the following:

        `(A) For fiscal year 2012, $20,000,000.

        `(B) For fiscal year 2013, $22,000,000.

        `(C) For fiscal year 2014, $24,000,000.

        `(D) For fiscal year 2015, $26,000,000.

        `(E) For fiscal year 2016, $28,000,000.

    `(b) Expansion of the Number of University Centers for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities Education, Research, and Service-

      `(1) IN GENERAL- To provide for the establishment of up to 4 new University Centers for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities Education, Research, and Service, the Secretary shall award up to 4 grants to institutions of higher education in accordance with the requirements of this subtitle.

      `(2) APPLICABLE PROVISIONS- Except for subsection (a)(3), the provisions of subsection (a) shall apply with respect to grants under this subsection to the same extent and in the same manner as such provisions apply with respect to grants under subsection (a).

      `(3) PRIORITY- In awarding grants under this section, the Secretary shall give priority to applicants that--

        `(A) are minority institutions that have demonstrated capacity to meet the requirements of this section and provide services to individuals with autism spectrum disorders and the families of such individuals; or

        `(B) are located in a State with one or more unserved or underserved populations.

      `(4) AUTHORIZATION OF APPROPRIATIONS- To carry out this subsection, there are authorized to be appropriated the following:

        `(A) For fiscal year 2012, $2,000,000.

        `(B) For fiscal year 2013, $2,200,000.

        `(C) For fiscal year 2014, $2,400,000.

        `(D) For fiscal year 2015, $2,600,000.

        `(E) For fiscal year 2016, $2,800,000.

      `(5) DEFINITION- In this subsection:

        `(A) The term `minority institution' has the meaning given such term in section 365 of the Higher Education Act of 1965.

        `(B) The term `University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities Education, Research, and Service' means a University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities Education, Research, and Service that has been or is funded through subtitle D or this subsection.'.

SEC. 7. REPORT TO CONGRESS.

    Not later than January 1, 2013, and each January 1 thereafter, the Secretary shall submit to the appropriate committees of Congress a report concerning the implementation of this Act, including the amendments made by this Act.

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