Letter to Parents

Tuesday, April 24, 2017

Dear Parents:

As a parent, I know that you are always concerned about the health and well-being of your child. For more than 60 years, area parents have trusted the Children’s Developmental Center (CDC) to provide integrated outpatient therapy for children with special needs. Our team has valued that trust and have enjoyed working with children to ensure that they reach their maximum potential in school and life.

I am contacting you to let you know that the Children’s Developmental Center will be transitioning all therapy services to Mercy, following the conclusion of the 2017 summer camps. The transition will take effect in August 2017. More information on the actual date will be shared closer to the time. As a part of Mercy Rehabilitation Services, Mercy Health – Children’s Developmental Center will offer the same, high-quality therapy programs for your child.  

We did not make this decision lightly. Over the past several years, decreases in funding have made operating the CDC fiscally challenging. 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. While other organizations were considered, Mercy was chosen because of its mission and high-quality pediatric therapy program. We know that you will benefit from Mercy’s vast knowledge and comprehensive array of services available to you and your child.

Currently, the CDC staff is working with Mercy to prepare for the transition. Here are the details:

  • Mercy is in the process of submitting proposals to the local school districts currently served by the CDC with an offer to continue serving students who need therapy services in the 2017-2018 school year.
  • All school-based services currently provided by the CDC will continue to be provided by the CDC through the end of this school year.
  • The CDC will continue to offer services at their facility including summer camps. Mercy’s pediatric therapy staff will be on hand to observe the summer camps to help support the transition.
  • In August, outpatient therapy services will transfer to Mercy Rehabilitation Services.  To make the transition as smooth as possible, Mercy will assist in the transfer of care.  Mercy has two convenient locations where your child can continue receiving outpatient therapy services – Mercy Rehabilitation Services of Amherst and North Ridgeville.   

It is important for you to know that decision was made with your child in mind. We know how important it is for your child to feel comfortable with their therapist, so Mercy is actively recruiting current CDC staff to continue in a similar role.

In the coming months, we will be back in touch to share additional information about this transition in your child’s care. In the meantime, we have attached a frequently asked question and answer document that may help.

If you have additional questions, please contact:

  • Jenna Harrington, CDC Office Manager, at (440) 984-2416
  • Carrie Rittenhouse, Mercy Manager of Occupational and Speech Therapy, at (440) 960-3480.

You and your child are our priorities, and we want you to feel comfortable during this transition.

Thank you for allowing the Children’s Developmental Center to serve your family. It has been our honor for our team to work with your child.   


Scott Vilagi

Board President

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