Cerebral Palsy Treatment and Disability Benefits in New York

Do you have a child with cerebral palsy? You are not alone. Many families throughout New York state struggle with providing their children with top-quality care and therapies due to high healthcare costs. Very few people can pay for lifelong cerebral palsy treatment out-of-pocket. It is important to utilize all of the available resources and information available to obtain treatment for your child.

First, we'll provide a quick summary of cerebral palsy and the different treatment options your child might need. Next, we'll list a few key treatment centers and hospitals for cerebral palsy throughout New York state. Finally, we will discuss financial assistance options for cerebral palsy treatments and how to apply for these benefits in New York.

What is Cerebral Palsy?

Cerebral palsy is a birth injury caused by damage to the brain during birth, before birth, or through a child's first three to five years of life. Cerebral palsy does not have a cure, but does not get progressively worse over time. Cerebral palsy symptoms can range from mild to severe depending on the extent of the injury.

Common causes of cerebral palsy include:

  • Lack of oxygen to the brain
  • Untreated jaundice
  • Strokes
  • Birth infections
  • Genetic conditions

Children with cerebral palsy diagnoses often experience issues with motor skills, movement, and muscle tone. They may also experience additional disabilities, such as blindness, deafness, and speech issues. Depending on your child's case, doctors will prescribe different treatments such as:

  • Corrective surgeries
  • Special diets
  • Live-in care
  • Various therapies
  • Mobility equipment
  • Medications administered orally or via tube
Where to Seek Treatment for Cerebral Palsy

Cerebral palsy can be a frightening and daunting diagnosis, especially since it is a lifelong condition. Throughout the state of New York, several pediatric hospitals and treatment centers provide long-term care for cerebral palsy.

Weinberg Family Cerebral Palsy Center
3959 Broadway #803
New York, NY 10032
(212) 305-2700

Operated by Columbia University, this cerebral palsy treatment program provides comprehensive care to children managing the condition. The Center provides individualized therapies, such as braces and splints, positioning aids, medications, and corrective surgeries.

The Center for Children, Hassenfeld Children's Hospital
550 First Avenue
New York, NY 10016
(646) 929-7870

Operated by New York University, this treatment center provides long-term care to children who suffer from chronic conditions like cerebral palsy. Your child will receive individualized attention from a team of doctors to improve all aspects of development.

Upstate Cerebral Palsy
1020 Mary Street
Utica, NY 13501
(315) 724-69707

This treatment program has centers across upstate New York with administrative headquarters in Utica. Upstate Cerebral Palsy offers comprehensive and age-appropriate treatment programs for young children, school-aged children, and adults.

Social Security Benefits for Cerebral Palsy

Cerebral palsy treatments can cost a family a daunting amount of money over a child's lifetime. The Center for Disease Control estimates that cerebral palsy costs can total well over $900,000 throughout a child's life. Very few families can afford these payments without support. There are two social security options available to assist with finances for those who qualify.

  • Social Security Disability Benefits (SSDI) are available to cerebral palsy adults or their parents with a solid work history and a decade of social security payments. If an adult child received a cerebral palsy diagnosis before he or she turns 22, the child may be eligible for SSDI.
  • Supplemental Security Income (SSI) is available to people who do not meet the requirements for SSDI. Your family must be low-income and your child must meet the federal definition of "disabled" to receive SSI benefits.

A family may qualify for both SSI and SSDI. Both programs evaluate medical eligibility in the same way, but you will need to attend an interview with the state Disability Determination Agency. If you are a New York resident, you can receive additional supplementary income from the state if you qualify for SSI.

How to Apply for Social Security Benefits in New York

To apply for social security benefits in New York, you can follow one of three pathways:

In order to qualify for disability benefits, you will need to attend a meeting at your state's Disability Determination Agency. Numerous locations for this agency operate throughout the state. You can find the phone numbers for each Disability Determination Services below:

  • Albany: (518) 473-9320
  • Buffalo: (716) 847-5007
  • Endicott: (607) 741-4195
  • Jamaica: (718) 262-4323
  • New York City: (212) 240-3456

Applying for social security benefits and financial assistance in New York can be a lengthy process. A social security benefits attorney can help expedite this process and lift additional stress off of your family.