Frequently Asked Questions:
|The Medical Therapy Program is a part of California Children's Services (CCS) and provides occupational and physical therapy for children birth to 21 years of age who have eligible orthopedic/neuromuscular conditions. Therapy is provided without cost to the family at Medical Therapy Units (MTU) located throughout the county. In San Luis Obispo County there are four MTU sites located in Atascadero, Oceano, Paso Robles, and San Luis Obispo.
Obtain a physician's prescription and the child's medical records documenting the medically eligible condition and fax to CCS at (805) 781-4492.
The child must be a resident of San Luis Obispo County.
The child must be between 0-21 years of age.
1. The medical information is reviewed by the CCS Medical Director, nursing case managers and the Supervising MTP Therapist to determine if the child has a medically eligible condition. If eligibility is unclear, more medical information or diagnostic tests may be requested to help determine eligibility.
2. CCS informs the family of the child's eligibility.
3. The child is referred to his or her local MTU for evaluation by an occupational therapist and/or a physical therapist.
4. If the child is determined to not be medically eligible, the family may appeal that decision.
What does an Occupational Therapist do?
The Occupational Therapist (OT) works on small motor activities, such as hand and facial control, for improving the child's ability to perform functional daily skills independently. For example: learning dressing and self-feeding skills.
|| What does a Physical Therapist do?|
The Physical Therapist (PT) works on large movements of the body, such as rolling, crawling and walking, to help the child improve his or her independent mobility skills.
The OT and/or PT, with input from the famliy, will evaluate the child and determine a treatment plan to improve the child's independence levels. The physician at the Medical Therapy Conference approves the treatment plan as a medical prescription for therapy. The family plays an active role in the carry-over of the treatment program in the home environment.
|This is a conference/clinic for the child and family to meet with the team at the MTU to ascertain the child's medical needs, determine the diagnosis and appropriate treatment for the child. The conference team consists of the treating therapists (OT and/or PT), the clinic physician (a pediatric Orthopedist), a CCS nursing case manager, the Orthotist/Prosthetist, and the family. The Medical Therapy Conference physician will direct the prescribed occupational therapy and/or physical therapy treatment for the child. Certain conditions are followed in Specialty Care Centers and prescriptions for therapy are directed from these clinics.|
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