January 17, 2018

Hamden clinic expands offerings

A Hamden clinic that opened in November to provide outpatient services to children and adults who need care for autism or other intellectual/developmental disabilities is planning to expand its services and add in-home care.

The Marne Street Clinic, 41 Marne St. -- which provides diagnostic services as well as psychiatric services, care coordination, medication management and therapy, nutrition support, and support groups for parents and siblings -- said additional services will including applied behavior analysis, occupational therapy, speech therapy and physical therapy.

The facility, operated by New Haven-based Clifford Beers Clinic, is close to an agreement with an occupational and physical therapy group to provide services there, said Sheryl McNamee, director of public affairs for Clifford Beers, adding the services, along with pediatric physician care, are expected in the immediate future.

The addition of applied behavioral analysis service and in-home care coordination could occur within six months, she said.

Clifford Beers Clinic opened MSC after two years of designing and piloting a model of care that integrated behavioral/physical/social health services under one roof.

"When we learned a few years ago that integrated care for those with disabilities was scarce or piecemeal, we got right to work," Dr. Alice M. Forrester, CEO at Clifford Beers Clinic, said in a statement. "We realized that many families were spending full days driving great distances to appointments with multiple providers, which often is a social, psychological and financial burden to the family."

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