Saginaw and Bay City Cerebral Palsy Resources

Care, Finance and Insurance

1. Financial and Cash Assistance/ Grants

2. Health Care

Health Care Centers
  • Cerebral Palsy Resources in Saginaw and Bay CityCovenant Health Care, one of Michigan’s largest nonprofit health systems, has several major locations in Saginaw, bay City, and Frankenmuth. Covenant offers a comprehensive range of services that may be particularly beneficial to those patients affected by delivery, birth trauma and injury, brain damage, and cerebral palsy. Some notable clinical services include trauma care, birthing services and classes, orthopedics, emergency care and a Regional Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, physical medicine and rehabilitation, women’s health, imaging and diagnostics, neurology and neurosurgery, pediatrics, and more.
    • The Covenant Rehabilitation and Physical Medicine Department has extensive therapy programs for men, women, children, infants, and seniors. Pediatric/neonatal therapy services rehabilitate patients with conditions including cerebral palsy, spine and brain injury, orthopedic injuries, spasticity, feeding and swallowing issues, developmental and speech/language delays, neuromuscular impairments, and more.
  • Select Specialty Hospital – Saginaw, a long term acute care hospital, specifically provides medical services to patients with prolonged recovery needs, medically complex conditions, or residual weaknesses from significant medical conditions. Specific clinical departments include Pulmonary and Ventilator Weaning, Wound Care, Cardiac and Heart Failure, Medically-Complex Treatment (which provides services for multi-system complications, post-trauma, and more), Renal, Neuro and Post Trauma (which provides services for anoxic brain injury, seizures, paraplegia, and more), and Infectious Disease (which provides services for bacterial and viral infections, sepsis and more).
  • St. Mary’s of Michigan: St. Mary’s of Michigan has several specific locations, services, and clinical programs in the Saginaw area. Some specific services include neurodiagnostics, imaging, respite care, rehabilitation (physical, occupational), reconstructive and hand surgery, orthopedics, pediatrics, hyperbaric oxygen therapy, and more.
Speciality Care
  • HealthSource Saginaw provides extended care services, behavioral medicine, and medical rehabilitation for patients of different ages.
  • McLaren Bay Region: Some clinical services offered through McLaren Bay Region that may be particularly beneficial to those patients affected by delivery, infant brain injury, birth trauma, and cerebral palsy include behavioral health, nutritional counseling, diagnostic imaging, intensive care, neuroscience, pediatrics, rehabilitation and therapy, trauma, and more.
  • Additionally, the McLaren Bay Special Care Hospital provides specialized care to patients that require prolonged care for medically complex conditions.

Lifestyle Resources

1. Education

  • Bay Arenac Behavioral Health provides Early On, Head Start, Early Head Start, and Starting Strong educational services for children with developmental delays. Additionally, Bay Arenac Behavioral Health partners with preschools in the area in order to provide children with proper placement in educational programs. All public schools districts in the Bay City/Saginaw area provide accommodations for special needs students in accordance with federal and state law. To learn more about each program, contact the special education department in your community’s public school district.

2. Care

  •  Training and Treatment Innovations Inc.’s Bayside Lodge: The Bayside Lodge is an inpatient psychosocial rehabilitation program available through Training and Treatment Innovations Inc. in Saginaw. The program utilizes local community mental health services and provides patients with services including pre-vocational training, supported employment and education, advocacy, peer support, community involvement, and more.
  • St. Mary’s of Michigan Guardian Angel Respite Care – Davis Road provides rehabilitation services and respite care for patients with a range of rehabilitation and care needs. Compassionate Care, a family home health care company located in Saginaw, provides respite services, therapy, personal care, companionship, and health care services.
  • A Place for Grace is a Saginaw child care facility that provides pre-Kindergarten, after school, and full-time summer child care for children ages 3 to 16 with special needs. A Place for Grace provides therapy, learning opportunities based on participants’ Individual Education Plans (IEPs), peer learning activities, field trips, and recreational activities for participants with mild to moderate emotional, cognitive, and physical impairments.
  • HealthSource Saginaw’s Extended Care Center provides basic and skilled care for patients that can no longer independently care for themselves. Patients of all ages and abilities are welcome.

3. Employment

  • Bay Arenac Behavioral Health’s Supported Employment Services help individuals with mental, physical, or cognitive barriers to employment find and maintain jobs. To learn more about the program, visit their webpage here.

4. Transportation

  • The Bay Metro Transit Authority provides transit services through Bay County. Services include the Fixed Route Service, Countywide Dial-A-Ride for seniors and the disabled, Fixed Route Service, and services for special community events.

5. Accessible Playgrounds

  • Residents around Saginaw and Bay City can enjoy the Rainbow End accessible playground located at the Krossroads Park on Fashion Square Boulevard in Saginaw, MI.

Organizations, Support, and Awareness Information

1. Foundations and Charities

The Covenant HealthCare Foundation supports the services and missions of the Covenant Medical Center. To read more about the foundation or to donate, visit their webpage here.

2. Disability Organizations

  • The Arc of Bay County, a local chapter of the Arc of Michigan and the Arc of the United States, is an organization devoted to the education, advocacy, service, and support of intellectually and developmentally disabled individuals. Services through the Arc of Bay County include advocacy, workshops and presentations, educational events, Medicare/Medicaid consulting, social security advocacy and consulting, and supported self-employment financial advising.
  • Training and Treatment Innovations, a private nonprofit health agency, provides specialty services and training to individuals with mental health issues, developmental disabilities, and emotional impairments. Their office in Saginaw provides services and programs including Assertive Community Treatment, Case Management, Transitional Case Management, Nursing Services, Psychiatric Services, Medication Services, and more. To learn more about the program’s specific features, visit their webpage here.

3. Family and Parent Resources

  • Covenant Health Care offers a number of services that may benefit the parents or families of an injured or disabled child, some of which include pastoral care and education, support groups, and crisis intervention.
  • Additionally, the McNally House serves as a “home away from home” for the out-of-town families of patients requiring prolonged or specialized treatment.
  • Bay Arenac Behavioral Health offers a Sibshop support group for the siblings of children with special health needs or disabilities. The support group aims to create open dialogues in which children can express their feelings, stresses, and opinions. To learn more about the program, call Melanie Corrion at 1-800-327-4693. They also hold support groups for parents of children with developmental disabilities or mental health issues. Some groups handle parenting techniques, adoptions, and related topics.

Treatment and Therapy Resources

1. Interdisciplinary Therapy Programs

  •  St. Mary’s of Michigan provides therapy programs at a number of locations around Saginaw. Occupational therapy, physical therapy, spine care, and other forms of rehabilitation medicine are available at Gratiot Rehabilitation Services, and the Spine & Rehabilitation Center offers hand therapy, functional capacity evaluation, occupational therapy, physical therapy, spine care, work hardening program, and more.
  • The Covenant Health Care Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Department provides adult and pediatric therapy and rehabilitation services at a number of in- and outpatient facilities in Saginaw, Bay City, Frankenmuth, and Hemlock. Admitted patients have a range of rehabilitation needs, and Covenant provides comprehensive, interdisciplinary therapy services for every person. Covenant offers dozens of services, some of which include physical therapy, aquatic therapy, occupational therapy, brain injury rehab, speech and language pathology, recreational therapy, rehabilitative nursing care, complementary and alternative therapy, spasticity management, neuro-rehabilitation, swallowing/dysphasia therapy, transitional nursing care, and much more. Additionally, Covenant has specific rehabilitation programs for neonatal and pediatric patients, women, seniors, and men.
  • HealthSource Saginaw’s Medical Rehabilitation Center creates personalized therapy plans integrating physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech-language pathology, and inpatient rehabilitation exercises. Typical patients have been diagnosed with stroke, spinal cord injury, brain injury, trauma, neurological disorders, or other related conditions.
  • McLaren Bay Region’s Rehabilitation and Sports Medicine Department has in- and outpatient rehabilitation facilities all over the Bay City and Saginaw area. Services include aquatic therapy, balance training, back and neck care, hand therapy, head injury programs, manual therapy, neuro-rehabilitation, orthopedics, pediatric rehabilitation, recreational therapy, speech-language pathology, swallowing therapy, occupational and physical therapy, stroke rehab, and more.
  • The Lighthouse Neurological Rehabilitation Center, located in Caro, Michigan (a city east of Saginaw), provides progressive, long-term and transitional rehabilitation programs to people with neurological or orthopedic therapy needs. Services offered include assessments, evaluation, health care services, outpatient care, day programs, respite care, physiatry, psychiatric consultation, psychological services, social work, educational services, supported employment, community integration, nutritional evaluations, physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy, recreational therapy, music therapy, therapeutic activities, pre-vocational training, spiritual support, transportation, and more. Specific programs include pediatric therapy, individualized therapeutic activities and programs, community integration, return to housing, horse therapy (equine therapy; horse assisted therapy), and more. The Lighthouse Neurological Rehabilitation Center has a second location near Traverse City, Michigan.

2. Recreational Therapy

 Animal Therapy
  •  Exceptional Horseback Riders of Saginaw County, located in Freeland, Michigan, provides therapeutic horseback riding classes to participants with cerebral palsy, emotional, behavioral, and mental health issues, head trauma and brain injuries, learning disabilities, speech impairments, and related conditions. To learn more about the program, call (989) 274-5466.
  • 4-H Horsemanship for Handicappers, located in Bay City, provides therapeutic riding classes to individuals with cerebral palsy, developmental delays, emotional, behavioral, and mental health issues, head injuries and brain damage, hearing and visual impairments, learning disabilities, mental retardation, speech impairments, paralysis, and more. To learn more about the program, call (989) 684-1037.
Sports Therapy
  • Adapted Sports Therapy in Saginaw and Bay CityMichigan Sports Unlimited, Inc. (MSU) provides disabled individuals with instruction, education, and access to a range of adaptive recreational activities. MSU aims to boost social, physical, and mental well-being through recreational clinics, clubs, teams, and leagues, collaborations and events, and partnerships with a range of organizations around the state. Outdoor activities include adapted archery, baseball, cycling, golf, kayaking, racing, shooting, downhill skiing, and waterskiing. Indoor activities include basketball, fitness, rugby, soccer, and tennis. The program is located just outside Bay City in Essexville, Michigan.
Aquatic Therapy

3. Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT)

  • Mary’s of Michigan Wound & Hyperbaric Center offers hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT).

4. Stem Cell Therapy

  • Michigan Blood’s Cord Blood Bank collects umbilical cord blood donations from Covenant Medical Center – Harrison Campus in Saginaw, Michigan.

5. Complementary and Alternative Therapies

  •  Covenant Health Care’s complementary and alternative therapy selection is extensive—patients are able to participate in cranialsacral therapy, health and fitness programs, manual therapy, massage therapy, and more.
  • Suellen Bartel of Revitalize Yourself is a certified Bay City, Michigan Anat Baniel Method (ABM) practitioner that provides rehabilitation programs and workshops for people in the Saginaw and Bay City area. The Anat Baniel Method is a holistic NeuroMovement form of rehabilitation that targets brain function in order to organize movement, cognition, and feelings. To read more about the program and AMB, visit the Revitalize Yourself site here.
  • Ray Burns of Rehab Movement Wellness, LLC provides adult and children’s Feldenkrais and Anat Baniel Method rehabilitation programs in Saginaw, Michigan. Group classes and individual lessons are available.

6. Behavioral Therapy and Emotional Counseling

  • Bay Arenac Behavioral Health provides a range of services for people with mental, emotional, and behavioral health issues. Typical patients have developmental disabilities, mental illnesses, or substance abuse issues. Available services at Bay Arenac include assertive community treatment, case management and support coordination, emergency service, family support, infant mental health, home-based services for children and families, outpatient counseling, psychiatric services, and more. Bay Arenac has locations in Bay City and Standish.
  • HealthSource Saginaw provides behavioral health services and mental health assistance for patients dealing with a range of mental health issues. Services include internal medicine, psychiatry, neuropsychology, social work, therapeutic recreation, and mental health nursing.

Medical Resources

1. Surgery

  • St. Mary’s of Michigan Plastic, Reconstructive & Hand Surgery’s specialized surgical services are of potential benefit to children with birth injuries.
  • The Covenant Health Care Neurosurgery Department operates on adult and pediatrics patients with conditions and injuries including brachial plexus injuries, brain and spinal cord injuries, brain injuries, cerebral palsy, epilepsy, hydrocephalus, neuro-trauma, spine abnormalities, and more. After surgery, patients are referred to respective rehabilitation facilities within the Covenant Health Care network.

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