Finances force Children’s Developmental Center to close

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Funding cuts have forced the closure of the Children’s Developmental Center on Erie Court in Amherst.

Its board of directors has announced it will transition therapy services to Mercy Health in August.

For more than 60 years, the nonprofit center has helped children with special needs. Its team has included occupational and physical therapists, psychologists, and audiologists.

“We did not make this decision lightly. Over the past several years, decreases in funding have made operating the CDC fiscally challenging,” wrote board president Scott Vilagi in a letter to parents. “Our board of directors wanted to ensure that our services continue and found that the best way for that to happen was to find a like-minded provider that shares our commitment to children’s health.”

Reviewing possible partners, Mercy’s pediatric therapy program stood out.

Outpatient therapy will be offered at Mercy Rehabilitation Services in Amherst at Mercy Health and Recreation Center, 47160 Hollstein Dr., and in North Ridgeville at 39263 Center Ridge Rd.

Mercy has submitted proposals to keep on-site therapy programs operating at public schools across Lorain County during the 2017-2018 academic year.

The CDC plans to offer outpatient therapy services at its Amherst facility until the transition is complete. This includes its annual summer camp in July, which will get support from Mercy pediatric therapy staff.

Mercy is also recruiting CDC staff to continue working with kids.

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