Cerebral Palsy Treatment and Disability Benefits in Texas

A diagnosis of cerebral palsy can be a scary situation. You may try to remember what exactly it is and what the course of treatment would be. Then you worry about how you are going to pay for all the treatments. This page will guide you through the process of dealing with cerebral palsy. First, we'll outline what cerebral palsy is. Then, we'll give you a list of treatment and service centers throughout Texas. Next, we'll discuss the financial options you have and finally take you through the process of applying for disability benefits through the Social Security Administration and the Texas Department of Human Services.

What is Cerebral Palsy?

Cerebral palsy is a neurological disorder caused by damage to the brain. It affects the body's ability to move and maintain balance. The damage to the brain can come at any time, but it usually happens as it is still developing, often in utero. In these cases, the diagnosis may not arrive until some months later. If the child misses developmental milestones it may become clear that something serious is going on. It takes an extensive series of tests to determine if it is in face cerebral palsy. When a child is born with the disorder it is almost always due to one of two causes: an infection in the mother that damaged the fetus's brain, or a lack of oxygen during labor that also damaged the brain.

Treatment Locations for Cerebral Palsy in Texas

Texas Children's Hospital
Texas Medical Center
6701 Fannin St
Wallace Tower, Floor 16
Houston, TX 77030
(832) 826-6106

Texas Medical Center in Houston with a children's hospital on the 16th floor provides treatment and diagnosis for cerebral palsy.

Dell Children's Medical Center of Central Texas
4900 Mueller Blvd 4th Floor
Austin, TX 78723
(512) 324-0149

Children's hospital offering treatment and diagnosis for cerebral palsy.

Cook Children's Medical Center
801 7th Ave
Fort Worth, TX 76104
(682) 885-4000

Children's hospital offering treatment and diagnosis for cerebral palsy.

Children's Memorial Hermann Hospital
6411 Fannin St
Houston, TX 77030
(713) 222-2273

Children's hospital providing treatment and diagnosis for cerebral palsy.

Ability Connection
8802 Harry Hines Blvd
Dallas, TX 75235
(800) 999-1898

Group offering services to children and adults with special needs.

Achievement Center of Texas
2950 North Shiloh Rd
Garland, TX 75044
(972) 414-7700

Rehab and treatment center for those who have cerebral palsy.

Child Neurology Consultants of Austin
6811 Austin Center Blvd, Ste 400
Austin, TX 78731
(512) 494-4000

Pediatric group offers a broad range of therapies and treatment for children.

East Texas Children's Therapy Services
1001 W SW Loop 323
Tyler, TX 74701
(903) 509-1313

Therapy and rehabilitation services for children with special needs.

Financial Support for Cerebral Palsy

Cerebral palsy is a disorder that lasts a lifetime; there is no cure. The costs of the disorder, for treatment, for services and for lost wages due to caregivers missing work, can be as high as $900,000.

There is help available, however. You can apply for social security disability benefits as an adult with the disorder or you can apply for your child. An attorney who specializes in the process can help you out and make everything clear to you. If your child's cerebral palsy was the result of mistakes made by the hospital at the time of labor, it may be possible to see compensation, which can ease the financial burden on your family. Your attorney will go over the options with you.

Social Security Benefits

Social Security has two benefits programs, and in some cases, you may qualify for both. The first is SSDI, which is Social Security Disability Benefits. If you have paid into Social Security for at least ten years and accumulated sufficient work credits, you will be eligible if your disability qualifies you. You may also be eligible if your disability occurred before you were 22.

The other program is Supplemental Security Income, or SSI. This is available to low-income individuals or those who have never worked. If the family meets the income requirements, children may be eligible for SSI as well. The child will have to qualify as disabled according to Social Security's definition of the term. If the SSDI payment is low, the SSI payment can supplement it.

Unlike most states, Texas does not have a state supplement to SSI, although they will supplement institutional care that Medicaid pays for. Texas also has state programs for housing assistance and food stamps which may be available to those who qualify for SSI.

Applying for Social Security

You can visit your local office or request a form through the mail by calling (800) 772-1213. Online applications are available, and this can speed up the process considerably, if you do it before your interviews.

Though Social Security is a national program, each state administers the program through its own office. The Texas Disability Determination Services are at:

PO Box 149198
Austin, TX 78714
(512) 437-8000

If Social Security denies your application, you can appeal the decision. You can also continue the appeals process through several levels. Ultimately, you can take the case to a federal court. You can take advantage of legal counsel at every step of the process. A good attorney can help streamline the entire endeavor so that you and your family can get the financial support you need.