In a series of reports published in December, the L.A. Times found that California’s Department of Developmental Services spent between $11,000 and $12,000 on services for white and Asian autistic children ages 3 to 6. DDS spent about $7,600 on Latino children and $6,594 on African American children. State lawmakers ordered yesterday’s hearing in response to the Times investigation.
Lisa Aliferis is the founding editor of KQED's State of Health blog. Since 2011, she's been writing and editing stories for the site. Before taking up blogging, she toiled for many years (more than we can count) producing health stories for television, including Dateline NBC and San Francisco's CBS affiliate, KPIX-TV. She also wrote up a handy guide to the Affordable Care Act, especially for Californians. Her work has been honored for many awards. Most recently she was a finalist for "Best Topical Reporting" from the Online News Association. You can follow her on Twitter: @laliferis