The JBLM Center for Autism Resources, Education and Services will officially open with a ribbon cutting ceremony on Wednesday.

The Center, nicknamed JBLM CARES for short, is a joint installation partnership between Madigan Army Medical Center and the JBLM Armed Forces Community Service. Madigan Army Medical Center was selected by the U.S. Army Medical Command to pilot this new facility, the first in Department of Defense to focus on providing patient-centered care for military children with autism and their families.

Specifically, the priority mission of JBLM CARES is to provide transitional autism support and education services for patients who are on wait lists for off-base community providers. The center will also offer interim individual and group treatment with occupational, physical and speech therapy, ABA, Exceptional Family Member Program Systems Navigation, CYSS Respite Care and other services.