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Pier Center for Autism

Autism behavior specialist Jan Turbes speaks during an interview at The Pier Center for Autism on March 19, 2013. Mid-Step Services announced Monday that it has acquired The Pier Center, and will continue to provide services to families with autism.

SIOUX CITY | Mid-Step Services announced Monday it has recently completed a deal to acquire the Pier Center for Autism.

Leadership between the two organizations worked together since August to complete the transfer. Mid-Step said it plans to continue serving families living with autism.

“The Pier Center for Autism has grown in Siouxland and has accomplished a lot since opening its doors in 2012,” Mid-Step Director Gary Turbes said in a statement. “We are excited to build upon the programs already in place, while exploring options to expand services.”

“We feel that Mid-Step provides the needed structure to grow services faster and we are confident that the future is bright for families living with autism,” outgoing Pier Center Board President Josh Cobbs said in a statement.

Mid-Step is a Sioux City-based non-profit agency that assists individuals with a range of intellectual disabilities.

Mid-Step said it will continue the Pier Center's current range of services, including applied behavior analysis and social skills groups. The Pier Center location at 709 Iowa St. will remain the same. The transfer is not expected to cause major service interruptions for families currently being served, according to the news release.

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