Medical Therapy Program
The Medical Therapy Program (MTP) is a special program within California Children's Services that provides physical therapy (PT), occupational therapy (OT) and medical therapy conference (MTC) services for children who have handicapping conditions, generally due to neurological or musculoskeletal disorders.
Find Out If I Qualify
Just like the general California Children's Services (CCS) program, anyone, such as a parent, teacher, school nurse, or physician can refer a child to the MTP.
The child’s medical records are reviewed to determine if the child qualifies for the MTP. Once it has been determined that the child is medically eligible for the MTP, the child is then referred to the local Medical Therapy Unit for a therapy evaluation.
Examples of qualifying conditions for CCS and the MTP include:
- Cerebral palsy
- Spina bifida
- Muscular dystrophy
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- Spinal cord injuries
- Osteogenesis imperfecta
- Head injuries
There is no financial eligibility requirement for MTP services. There is a financial eligibility requirement for specialized equipment.
Know the Benefits
Physical Therapy (PT) and Occupational Therapy (OT) services are provided at Medical Therapy Units (MTUs). MTUs are outpatient clinics located in designated public schools.
PT is primarily provided to address mobility and ambulation needs. PT is provided by a trained Physical Therapist who has at least a Bachelors degree, graduated from an approved School of Physical Therapy, and has a license to provide Physical Therapy in California.
OT is primarily provided to address self help skills or Activities of Daily Living (ADLs). OT is provided by a trained Occupational Therapist who has at least a Bachelors degree, graduated from an approved School of Occupational Therapy, and has a license to provide Occupational Therapy in California.
The MTC is an interdisciplinary team meeting where the child’s medical case management regarding the MTP eligible condition is determined. This includes PT, OT and recommendations for specialized equipment, such as orthotics/braces, wheelchairs and other assistive devices.
Comprehensive evaluations are completed by MTP staff and findings and recommendations are discussed with the parents. This evaluation includes physical assessment and may include home, classroom and community access assessment.
MTP staff attends Individualized Educational Plan (IEP) meetings, when requested, to make sure school staff understands the child’s therapy needs are aware of the child’s participation in the MTP.
Consultation may be provided by MTP staff to assist teachers and other school staff in making plans to meet the child’s access issues and other concerns related to the child’s function at school.
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