PIQUA — For over 44 years the Rehabilitation Center for Neurological Development & Nicholas School has been providing rehabilitation and educational services to children and adults with a brain injury that reside in Shelby, Miami and surrounding counties. Today, the Center has evolved into a non-profit organization that offers a comprehensive neurodevelopmental rehabilitation program, an EEG neurofeedback training program called the Brain Wellness Center, an aquatic program called the Aquatic Therapy & Wellness Center, an adult day program for intellectually developmentally disabled adults and Nicholas School, a special needs kindergarten through eighth-grade non-public charter school.
Executive Director Carla Bertke has submitted the following report:
In keeping with the co-founder’s vision, the Rehabilitation Center’s goal is to offer a unique and successful service to children and adults with a brain injury regardless of age, abilities, or economic circumstances. Under the stewardship of a 15 member Board of Directors and with the help of 40 dedicated staff and many volunteers, the center served over 300 clients from 16 Ohio counties this past year. Approximately 20 percent of the clients served at the Center reside in Shelby County.
Services offered by the Rehabilitation Center for Neurological Development and Nicholas School are unique. There are only five other centers in the United States that provide the types of services the Rehabilitation Center offers. No other center has a heated pool in which to provide aquatic therapy. Nicholas School is one of only three schools in the United States that combine curriculum and neurological programming to help students achieve their maximum potential.
The Rehab Center again experienced a positive year in 2016. With the continuation of the older adult and the intensive children’s programs referrals for service continued to increase. Requests for adult day support services increased as well. However due to limited space most of these requests have been delayed. Enrollment for Nicholas School continued to be at the school’s capacity for the 2015-16 school year. As a result of the Center’s productivity, our financial outlook continued to look positive. The 2016 fiscal year ended with a positive net gain in revenues over expenses.
By December 2016, the Center completed an expansion of our facility to accommodate the growing demand for adult day support services. Consequently, it is anticipated that the adult day support program shall experience a significant increase in referrals for 2017. Given the continuation of the older adult and intensive childrenís programs for 2017, it is also expected that referrals for the rehab program shall continue to grow. Planning regarding the future direction of the Nicholas School program needs to continue to be explored and developed for the near future.
Located at 1306 Garbry Road in Piqua, the Rehabilitation Center for Neurological Development & Nicholas School serves children and adults who are diagnosed with some form of brain injury. To learn more about the Center please visit our web site at www.rcnd.org. You can also follow the Center on Facebook. The Rehabilitation Center is a United Way Member Agency.