Ypsilanti is a city located in southeast Michigan’s Washtenaw County. Like Ann Arbor, Ypsilanti is widely recognized as a college town—roughly 23,000 bright graduate and undergraduate students are enrolled at Ypsilanti’s Eastern Michigan University. Throughout this page, we’ll list some of the many disability and cerebral palsy resources available to residents in Ypsilanti, Saline, Belleville, and surrounding Washtenaw County communities.

Care, Finance and Insurance

1. Finance and Cash Assistance/Grants

  • Children’s Special Health Care Services (CSHCS) helps families pay for specialty pediatric medical bills and coordinate services for children and adults with eligible medical conditions. In addition to helping pay specialty medical bills, CSHCS identifies and locates specialty services, coordinates service and care, assists with transportation to medical appointments, covers co-pays and deductibles from private insurance, and provides reimbursement for medical travel and lodging.

 2. Healthcare

Healthcare Centers

  • The St. Joseph Mercy Health System, Ypsilanti’s primary medical system, has two locations in Ypsilanti, as well as locations in Saline and other Washtenaw County communities. Medical professionals within the St. Joseph Mercy Health System practice a wide array of medical services including pediatrics, clinical research, emergency care, neuroscience, rehabilitation, and more. Their Women’s and Children’s practices include a family birthing center, neonatal intensive care unit, and related programs and facilities. Additionally, the St. Joseph Mercy Health System is a member of The Institute for Family-Centered Care.
    • Ypsilanti, Michigan Cerebral Palsy ResourcesSt. Joseph Mercy Ann Arbor Hospital: The St. Joseph Mercy Ann Arbor Hospital is located in Ypsilanti and offers services including behavioral health, home care, emergency, neurosciences, orthopedics, nutrition, pain management, rehabilitation, respiratory, surgery, women and children, and more.
    • Reichert Health Center: Located in Ypsilanti, the Reichert Health Center offers clinical services including audiology, behavioral services, pediatrics, physical medicine and rehabilitation services, specialty medical practices (neurology, orthopedic surgery, and more), obstetrics and gynecology, out-patient surgery, and more.
    • St. Joseph Mercy Saline offers services including nutrition, physical therapy, occupational therapy, and more.
    • St. Joseph Mercy Saline Professional Building: Primary care physician services, respiratory care, and select medical practices are available at this location.
  • The University of Michigan Health System has two Ypsilanti medical centers—Ypsilanti Family Medicine and Ypsilanti Pediatrics—and many Ypsilanti residents also enjoy the cutting edge medical facilities in Ann Arbor, such as the University of Michigan Medical Center and CS Mott Children’s Hospital. Below we’ll explain some specific Ypsilanti University of Michigan Health Center locations in more detail.
    • Ypsilanti Health Center: This location offers behavioral health and psychiatry services, family medicine, pediatrics, and more.
    • Saline Health Center: This location offers general medicine services, pediatrics, and more. It is located in Saline, a community neighboring Ypsilanti.
    • St. Joseph Mercy Hospital Ann Arbor: The University of Michigan Health System operates a pediatric surgery clinic out of St. Joseph Mercy Hospital Ann Arbor in Ypsilanti, Michigan.

Speciality Hospitals

  • Select Specialty Hospital Ann Arbor is an Ypsilanti, Michigan long-term acute care hospital that provides clinical services to patients with continued weakness and significant medical needs. All Specialty Select Hospitals are designed to offer acute personalized care for patients with extended recovery needs. Clinical services include Pulmonary/Ventilator Weaning, Wound Care, Medically-Complex Treatment (including surgical recovery, post-trauma, sepsis, multi-system complications, and more), Neuro and Post-Trauma (including anoxic brain injury, neuro-trauma, seizures, and paraplegia), and Infectious Disease (such as bacterial and viral infection, sepsis, post-surgical wound infection, and more).

Lifestyle Resources

1. Education

  • The Washtenaw Intermediate School District (WISD) Special Education Department provides all special needs educational services and programs for students in Ypsilanti, Michigan. Services include leadership, professional development, program options, transitional services, early childhood supports and early intervention services (through Early On), classroom support services, parent support, assistive technology, and legal requirements.
  • Eastern Michigan University provides all resources and information necessary for disabled students to thrive through their Disability Resource Center (DRC).
  • The Student Advocacy Center of Michigan is an Ypsilanti, Michigan program that helps vulnerable students stay in school and achieve academic success. Services include advocacy, support, educational mentoring, dropout prevention, family support, mental illness support, and more. The Student Advocacy Center provides support programs based on students populations—two student population groups served include Special Education Students Facing Discipline, Not Yet Eligible for Special Education Students, and Eligible for Special Education Students.

2. Care

  • The Washtenaw County Department of Human Services provides respite care for families with emotionally impaired children. The center is located in Ypsilanti, Michigan. To learn more, visit their webpage.
  • St. Joseph Mercy Ann Arbor Hospital’s Home Care services provide patients with the periodic skilled services necessary to receive treatment for chronic health problems at home. Specialists include nurses, social workers, physical therapists, occupational therapists, speech and language pathologists, home health aids, pediatric practitioners, and more. The program is based out of Ypsilanti, Michigan.
  • Bright Star Care offers in-home care for kids with special needs. Trained care specialists provide grooming, dressing, bathing, hygiene, and toileting services and conduct a wide range of therapy sessions with developmentally disabled children. Bright Star Care serves Washtenaw County communities including Ann Arbor, Ypsilanti, Milan, Manchester, Lima Center, Sylvan Center, Chelsea, Dexter, Whitmore Lake, Webster, Northfield, Superior and neighboring cities.

 3. Employment

  • The Rainbow Rehabilitation Services Vocational Rehab Campus is located in Ypsilanti, Michigan. The Vocational Rehab Campus provides job training, occupational areas, vocational counseling day treatment services, physical wellness programs, and other work-related services.
  • Michigan Ability Partners provides vocational services for Washtenaw County residents with disabilities, special needs, and other barriers to employment. Services include career placement, career counseling, transitional work training, and career planning. Michigan Ability Partners has offices in Ann Arbor and Jackson, Michigan.

4. Housing

Rainbow Rehabilitation Services provides assisted housing for individuals living with special health, living, or recovery needs. To learn more about the Rainbow Rehabilitation Services assisted housing options and services in the Ypsilanti area, visit their webpage.

5. Transportation

Treatment and Therapy Resources

1. Interdisciplinary Therapy Programs

  • St. Joseph Mercy Ann Arbor Hospital’s Rehabilitation services provide a range of therapeutic programs for patients in Ypsilanti, Michigan and surrounding communities. Typical patients have diagnoses including orthopedic injuries or conditions, traumatic brain injury, neck and back problems, neurological conditions, musculoskeletal conditions, and related disorders. Programs include:
    • Acute Care (Inpatient): Services include physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech language therapy, psychiatric consultations, swallow studies, hand therapy, and parent and family education and instruction.
    • St. Joseph Mercy Rehabilitation Unit (Inpatient): This comprehensive medical facility provides specialized treatments for patients with disabilities. Services include psychiatric consultations, functional evaluations, and treatment plans geared towards adjusting to new limitations, restoring function, and learning to compensate for lost skills.
    • Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) Inpatient Rehabilitation: Services include psychiatry, physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech-language therapy, neuropsychology, therapeutic recreation, nutrition, case management, social work, spiritual care, orthotics, prosthetics, driving evaluation, and more.
    • Outpatient Services:
      • Neuropsychology services include behavioral case consultation, brain injury rehabilitation, neuropsychological evaluations, and psychotherapy.
      • Occupational therapy services include brain injury rehabilitation, developmental pediatrics, driving assessments, fall prevention, hand rehabilitation, voice therapy, stoke rehab, swallow studies, visual assessments, and work hardening.
      • Physical therapy services include back and neck, balance restoration, cranial sacral therapy, developmental rehab, hand rehab, voice therapy, stroke rehab, wheelchair fitting, and more.
      • Recreational therapy includes aquatic exercise, community reintegration, conditioning, horticulture therapy, leisure activities, and relaxation activities.
      • Speech therapy services include articulation, cognitive evaluation and treatment, language rehab, voice therapy, pediatric language development and articulation, swallow studies, stroke rehab, brain injury rehab, and more.
  • Rainbow Rehabilitation Centers, Inc. provides comprehensive care and rehabilitation services for patients with brain and spinal cord injuries. Typical patients at Rainbow Rehabilitation Centers participate in therapeutic programs including neuro-behavioral rehabilitation, aquatic therapy, counseling, vocational therapy, behavioral management, physical therapy, recreational therapy, yoga and fitness, respiratory therapy, occupational therapy, speech and language pathology, art and music therapy, medical rehabilitation, tutoring and educational support, interpersonal skill building, and social programs. The Ypsilanti Treatment Center is equipped with treatment space, modern therapy equipment, a fitness center, therapeutic spa, community activity rooms, sauna, indoor pool, greenhouse, woodworking center, and more.

2. Physical Therapy

The following physical therapy centers serve patients in Ypsilanti, Belleville, Saline, and surrounding Washtenaw County communities:

3. Cycle Therapy

  • Programs to Educate all Cyclists (PEAC) is an Ypsilanti, Michigan-based program that teaches disabled individuals cycling skills. The program works to help disabled cyclists integrate into mainstream cycling culture and their communities by providing them with transportation, recreational opportunities, fitness, and therapy skills and services. Programs available through PEAC include the Summer Cycling Program, Active Transportation Initiative, 2×2 Visual Impairment Cycling, Private Lessons, and Family Rides. PEAC also organizes events including Celebration of Cycling, Michigan Hand Cycle Racing Series, and the Ryde-A-Thon.

4. Stem Cell Therapy

  • Families can donate umbilical cord blood to the J.P. McCarthy Cord Stem Cell bank at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital in Ypsilanti, Michigan. This is one of five donation locations in Michigan.

5. Behavioral Therapy and Emotional Counseling

  • St. Joseph Mercy Ann Arbor Hospital’s Behavioral Health Services provide pediatric, adolescent, and adult patients with psychiatric and psychology services. To learn more, visit their site here.
  • Behavioral health services are available at the University of Michigan Health System Ypsilanti Health Center.
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