Talent Secures $250,000 for Truman's Speech and Hearing and Clinic

U.S. Senator Jim Talent (R-Mo.) has secured $250,000 for the Truman State University Enhanced Speech and Hearing Clinic in the 2006 Department of Transportation, Treasury, Judiciary, Housing and Urban Development and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, which passed both houses of Congress and was sent to the president for signature on Nov. 28.

“The Speech and Hearing Clinic at Truman State not only serves as an instructional lab for students, but a clinic serving clients from all over the Northeast Missouri region,” Talent said. “With this funding, the University will be able to construct the facility it needs to help speech pathologists better serve their patients.”

“The Truman State University Speech and Hearing Clinic, an important component of our Communication Disorders Program, fills a major void in the health care delivery system for many citizens in our region, especially those who find travel difficult,” Truman President Barbara Dixon said. “Truman is in a very rural area of Missouri approximately three hours from the major metropolitan areas of Kansas City, St. Louis, and Des Moines, and nearly 100 miles from the University of Missouri teaching hospital. This appropriation will enable Truman to significantly enhance the educational services it provides to our students, and also many citizens in northeastern Missouri and southern Iowa.”

Talent’s request must be signed into law by the president.
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