Dr. Casanova’s role as the Director of Greenville’s CECN is supported an endowed chair supported by both the University of South Carolina and the Greenville Health System. Dr. Casanova meets on a regular basis with other members that provide the clinical and research infrastructure for these organizations.
The Advisory Council is a group of six community leaders and parents of individuals with autism. Their role is to supervise the adequacy of the research, service and education/training initiatives. The Advisory Committee with convene to advise the CECN’s Director on policy, planning, budgeting, and development. Members for the Advisory Committee will be solicited from the faculty of the University of South Carolina, Greenville health System, Clemson University, and community based professionals with training and/or interest in autism, parents of autistic children, community based advocates, and corporate representatives interested in the mission and vision of the CECN.
The Advisory Committee will assume responsibility for development activities which may include raising funds for endowed faculty, research support, supplementing clinical services revenues, and support to offset the administrative and coordination activities of the Center. An annual development plan will be compiled, with input from the Center’s Advisory Committee, and approval by Director of the CECN.
An auxiliary advisory committee for research has been identified and is composed of 3 scientists. This auxiliary committee has complementary expertise regarding the focus of our research, i.e., cortical modularity.
The above organizational scheme provides clear leadership, management and accountability. The ultimate aim of CECN is to provide integrated care, cost effective services and improved clinical outcomes for patients. It also takes advantage of pooling patients (referrals) among different Departments and Institutions that would otherwise not be available.