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HB 296: The Kentucky Commission on Autism Spectrum Disorders

Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is the most prevalent developmental disability, affecting an estimated one in 166 births and about 24,000 Kentuckians. ASD affects the families of diagnosed individuals, but early diagnosis, intervention, education and therapies can help minimize the impact.

On March 18, 2005, legislation was adopted establishing the Kentucky Commission on Autism Spectrum Disorders. Sponsored by state Rep. Scott Brinkman, the legislation charged the agency with developing a comprehensive statewide plan for an integrated system of training, treatment and services for people with an ASD.

The 22-member commission first met  Aug. 22, 2005, and named subcommittees to address identification and intervention; services/transition; best practices and training; and funding.

This Commission has been (as stated in HB296) disband and the KCDD has been charged with monitoring the State Plan that the Commission created and submitting a review report to the Governor at least every 2 years.  


The commission was composed of members from key state agencies and nine appointed community members. In addition to Rep. Brinkman, other state legislators serving on the commission included Sen. Denise Harper Angel (Louisville), Rep. Chuck Meade and Sen. Damon Thayer.

The appointed members ensure broad representation of Kentucky's citizens concerned with the health and quality of life for individuals with ASDs. The following were appointed to the commission by the Governor:

Provider Representatives

Lisa Ruble, Ph. D., Louisville, representing professional ASD mental health providers

Thomas Pinkstaff, M.D., Nicholasville, representing professional ASD physical health providers

Carla Jordan, Bimble, representing professional ASD complex needs consultants from a special education cooperative

Myra Beth Bundy, Ph. D., Richmond, representing professional ASD treatment providers

Parent Representatives

Parents of children younger than 18 with ASDs

David Lane, Stamping Ground
Trudy Abshire, Louisa
Virginia Gibbs, Louisville

Parents of children 18 and older with ASDs

Cheryl Dunn, Dexter
Gayla Hayes, Franklin

State Plan

The state plan developed by this commission shall include the following:

  • An assessment of the diverse needs for services and supports for individuals with an Autism Spectrum Disorder;
  • Identification of state, federal, private and any other appropriate funding sources;
  • Development of a comprehensive training plan, which shall include the Kentucky Autism Training Center, to meet training needs;
  • An analysis of standards for provider training and qualifications, best practice standards for services and the need for additional service providers;
  • An evaluation of health benefit plans and insurance coverage for the treatment of Autism Spectrum Disorder;
  • A plan for the identification of individuals of all ages with an Autism Spectrum Disorder and for the creation of a statewide registry;
  • An analysis of program an service eligibility criteria;
  • An assessment of the need for the coordinated, enhanced and targeted special education and treatment programs for children with an Autism Spectrum Disorder; and
  • A timeline for implementing and monitoring the recommendations of the plan statewide.

The commission will submit the comprehensive state plan and recommendations to the governor, the Kentucky Council on Developmental Disabilities and the Legislative Research Commission by Oct. 1, 2006. If you have any questions about the commission, please contact Shelley Runkle or Pat Seybold at: KCDD, (502) 564-7841 or by e-mail.



ASD minutes 8-05 

ASD minutes 10-05

ASD minutes 11-05

ASD minutes 01-10-06

ASD minutes 03-10-06

ASD Minutes 5-06


The Kentucky Commission on Autism Spectrum Disorders has created four working sub-committees to better concentrate and plan for the specific needs for individuals with ASD in Kentucky. Please click the link below for more specific information.

ASD Committee structure



Commission's Reported Recommendations

The Kentucky ASD Commission was created to review the current services and practices in Kentucky and create a report with recommendations to improve the current system for people with ASD in Kentucky. This report was sent to the governor for review on Oct. 1, 2006 and the final version is available for public viewing. The ASD Commission is proud to present:

KY ASD Comprehensive State Plan- A Vision for all Kentuckians with Autism Spectrum Disorders

Appendix A                       Appendix B                      Appendix C

Appendix D                       Appendix E                      Appendix F

Appendix G                       Appendix H                      Appendix I

Appendix J                        Appendix K                      Appendix L

Appendix M                      Appendix N


Here are some links for Autism supports and resources in Kentucky

Family Support Groups in Kentucky

Kentucky Autism Training Center
911 S. Brook St.
Louisville, KY  40203
(502) 852-4631

Kentucky Department for Behavioral Health, Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
(502) 564- 5478
100 Fair Oaks Lane 4E-B
Frankfort, KY 40621 

ASDAC- Autism Spectrum Disorders Advisory Consortium of Kentucky

Other State Councils on Autism  - This report was researched by the Martin School of Public Policy


Update Reports on State Plan

KCDD monitors this state plan developed by the HB 296 Commission. This update is presented to the Governor annually by Oct. 1.

Ky Commission on ASD Annual 2008 Report

2009 HB296 ASD State Plan Review

2010 HB296 Commission Annual State Plan Report

2012 HB296 KY ASD Commission State Plan Update Report


Last Updated 10/21/2014