PALM SPRINGS, CA – A special news conference to learn about Angel View’s new community outreach program will be held Thursday, Sept. 6 at 11 a.m. in the back room of Melvyn’s Restaurant at 200 W. Ramon Road in Palm Springs. Angel View president Mel Haber, outreach program director Amanda Galindo, and director of development Catherine Rips will be on hand to explain the program and hand out information kits. There will be a Q and A following the presentation.
The Angel View Resource and Referral Center assists local families who are looking for resources for their children with disabilities. And it offers more than just names and numbers. When possible, Angel View’s bilingual Outreach Specialist also helps families access needed services and follows-up when new solutions have been found, said LuAnn Lubell, Development Director of Angle View.
All Coachella Valley families are eligible to call for resources and referrals for disabled children age 18 and under. There is no charge for this service. All calls are confidential; the number is (855) 8AV-KIDS. Our Outreach Specialist has offices in Desert Hot Springs, Indio and Mecca; she is available to meet clients by appointment.
Accessing healthcare services can be a challenge for families with disabled children. Transportation costs really add up. Through collaboration with the Independent Living Partnership and the Transportation Reimbursement and Information Program (TRIP), Angel View Outreach helps local families with disabled children access needed healthcare services.
Mileage reimbursement (55 cents per mile) is available to low and moderate income Coachella Valley families with verified medical needs for their children’s trips to health-related services. Eligible trips include appointments with doctors, dentists or therapists; picking up medical supplies or prescriptions, etc. Payments are sent to the family each month based on mileage logs. The maximum number of miles per family per year is 1,250 (or a $687.50 benefit per year).
Any licensed driver can provide the transportation — a family member living in the home, a relative or friend. This program was designed to offer families the maximum flexibility in accessing health services for their children with disabilities.
Families with disabled children often need medical equipment and supplies not covered by Medi-Cal or Inland Regional Center. Angel View Outreach helps meet families’ needs through special mini-grants.
Eligible expenses include: medical treatments, medical and adaptive equipment, medical supplies, medication, dental treatments, therapy treatments and special nutrition supplements. Reimbursement is limited to $400.00 per family once a year. Funds are paid directly to equipment vendors or health care providers. Mini-grants can be combined with grants from Another Way, a non-profit affiliated with Inland Regional Center.
“We assisted the adoptive parents of a child with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome. The child had also been diagnosed with cancer and needed frequent trips to Loma Linda. We were able to award the family mileage reimbursement for those medical miles.
“We helped the single parent of a 12-year old who needed a shower chair. And because the child’s wheelchair had been stolen, we arranged for her to receive a donated Convaid Stroller, a wonderful mobility device.
“The single mom of an 11-year old with Cerebral Palsy called us for assistance. She was having difficulty paying for gas money to take her daughter to multiple doctors’ appointments. We were able to cover the cost of more than 1,000 medical miles.
“A four-year old drug baby with developmental delays was frustrated by his inability to communicate. He was having difficulty saying words and couldn’t get people to understand his needs. We were able to provide his adoptive mother with beneficial resources, used a mini-grant to buy him an interactive Leap Frog reading system, and helped cover the cost of transportation to his speech therapy and behavioral therapy.
“A local family needed adaptive (orthopedic) shoes for their toddler who suffers from a rare form of bone cancer which affects her mobility and motor skills. The shoes were recommended by her physical therapist but the family had been unable to pay for them. We’re also reimbursing them for mileage to Loma Linda, for the child’s dialysis appointments.
Angel View Crippled Children’s Foundation, Inc. is located at 12379 Miracle Hill Road in Desert Hot Springs Call (760) 676-5276 Toll Free: (855) 8AV-KIDS www.angelview.org