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Snyder makes appointment to Autism Council

Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2013

LANSING, Mich. – Gov. Rick Snyder today announced the appointment of Scott Gilman, of Kentwood, to the state Autism Council.

The 12-member council was created in 2012 as an advisory body to review, adopt and implement the State Plan. The plan will provide for comprehensive lifespan supports to individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder and their families through access to information and resources, coordination of services and implementation of evidence-based practices. The council must also update the plan every year.

"The council is doing good work to help improve the lives of individuals on the spectrum as well as their families'," Snyder said. "I thank Scott for his willingness to serve in this important role."

Gilman is executive director of Network180 in Grand Rapids and previously CEO of the Shiawassee County Community Mental Health Authority. Prior to that, he worked as a substance abuse coordinating agency director for the Bay-Arenac Behavioral Health Authority, a physician practice manager at Bay Health Systems and a behavioral services manager and substance abuse program director at Bay Medical Center. Gilman holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Saginaw Valley State University, a master’s degree in administration from Central Michigan University, is a certified health care executive and a National Council of Behavioral Health licensed social worker. He will represent providers from Prepaid Inpatient Health Plans or Community Mental Health Services Programs and fills the vacancy created by the resignation of Robert Sheehan.

Gilman will serve the remainder of a four-year term expiring Sept. 30, 2015, and his appointment is not subject to the advice and consent of the state Senate.