Children’s Therapy Clinic’s 77 year History in the Kanawha Valley

Children’s Therapy Clinic has been providing services to children with special needs in the Kanawha Valley since 1935 when it began as the Kanawha Society for Crippled Children and Adults. In 1969 it was renamed the Cerebral Palsy Clinic. Finally, in 1986 its name was changed to the Children’s Therapy Clinic, Inc., to reflect an expansion of therapy services to all children regardless of diagnosis.

In the late 90′s CTC faced financial difficulties due to changes in reimbursement structure for children with chronic disabling conditions from Medicaid and other third party payers. In June 1998, CTC and Shawnee Hills entered into an agreement under which Shawnee Hills agreed to provide therapy and other services similar to those previously provided by CTC. Children’s Therapy Clinic maintained its 501(c)3 tax-exempt status and became a fund-raising and advocacy organization for the children it previously served. Unfortunately, Shawnee Hills faced the same financial difficulties in serving this population as CTC and ceased providing service in April 2000.

The clinic’s Board of Directors worked with the Kanawha Coalition for Community Health Improvement and United Way to find a way to reestablish pediatric therapy services to the neediest children in the Kanawha Valley. Knowing that the Clinic would have to raise 100% of its budget through general fundraising, private contributions and grants, several changes and cuts were made to the operating budget. Children’s Therapy Clinic reopened on April 30, 2001 as a free clinic for children with special needs. Since reopening, the Clinic has been inundated with calls from parents and other providers seeking services for more children than the Clinic has the funding to provide.
After 9 years as a free clinic, CTC began billing insurance for those clients who have some coverage and established a sliding fee scale in 2010. Clients whose income is over 200% of the Federal Poverty Level (FPL) pay a fee ranging from $5-$50/session. Therapy services remain free for almost 75% of the clinic’s clients whose families’ incomes are below 200% of the FPL. With this change, we hope to continue to grow and be able to lessen the wait time for services.

In 2012 the clinic has surpassed the service level of 2011 by almost 29%. We need the support of this community to continue providing these services to the children of the Kanawha Valley. Please visit the rest of our website to learn more about the services we provide, how you can refer a child who may need our services, and ways you can support the clinic.

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Children's Therapy Clinic

113 Lakeview Dr.
Charleston, WV 25313

(304) 342-9515

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