The Physically Handicapped Children’s Program (PHCP)'S goal is ensuring accessible, appropriate, comprehensive, coordinated care for chronically ill and disabled children birth to twenty-one, by providing medical and related services for the treatment and rehabilitation of physically disabling conditions, chronic illnesses and potentially disabling conditions.
In addition, the Dental Rehabilitation Program (DRP) component of PHCP assists children with severe physically handicapping dental defects. Children are referred by their dentist, and their records are then evaluated at the State Department of Health by an Orthodontist.
Also, on a bi-monthly basis, PHCP provides a free diagnostic/evaluation orthopedic clinic housed at Women’s and Children’s Hospital of Buffalo, for children from birth though twenty-one years of age. The evaluation is performed by a pediatric orthopod who is an expert in treating disorders of growth and development of the skeleton, muscles and joints in children.. Adults who have had polio may also be seen. The clinic is available for any family within Niagara County, whose child is suspected of having a disabling condition related to their bone structure. Children are referred by their physician or school nurse.
For the treatment program under the PHCP, if the child is not covered under Medicaid, the family must meet financial criteria designed to assist families with low to moderate incomes or inadequate private health insurance. We are the payer of last resort; all third-party payers must be billed first.
For more information on the Physically Handicapped Children’s Program please call 278-8194 or 278-8180.
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