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Touro University Nevada’s autism center unveiled a new name and new look Wednesday, promising that an increase in staff and space will cut wait-list times for families seeking services.

The formerly 4,200-square-foot space that included administrative offices now provides 5,500 square feet of purely clinical space, said Craig Seiden, vice president for administration and finance of Touro’s Western Division.

The Henderson facility, located at 874 American Pacific Drive, is named the Sharon Sigesmund Pierce and Stephen Pierce Center for Autism and Developmental Disabilities in honor of the major donors to the location.

The facility saw about 400 patients a month before a major renovation and now plans to double its capacity to cut in half the average nine-month wait for services, said Shelley Berkley, chief executive officer and senior provost for Touro University Western Division.

In August, parents waiting for services from the center received a letter that the clinic’s only neuropsychologist departed at the end of July, putting the brakes on disability diagnoses at the center.

Cameron, who has autism, and Rai, who has atypical autism, were using few words and weren’t quite as social when they started going to the center.

Though the facility accepts Medicaid and private insurance, it also has scholarships available for families unable to cover costs or whose insurance payouts have been exhausted.

The expansion comes as the nascent UNLV School of Medicine also works to develop its UNLV Ackerman Autism Center for Neurodevelopment Solutions.

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