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Health center gets funds for local veterans

Adult Day Health Care Center receives federal funding

Posted: August 27, 2009 9:20 p.m.
Updated: August 28, 2009 4:55 a.m.

Santa Clarita’s Adult Day Health Care Center is getting a hand from the feds, with a contract that helps veterans in need.
Veterans registered with the Department of Veterans Affairs can stand to have the VA cover the roughly $75 daily bill for services at the center, Program Director Ginny Smutzler said.

The relationship between the VA and the nonprofit group was finalized about a month ago, and so far one veteran is taking advantage of it, she said.

The center has about 73 enrolled members, with between 35 to 40 people who attend daily, Smutzler said.

Located in Santa Clarita for 18 years, the center offers activities, programs and therapy, serving a number of people with physical, mental or memory impairments.

With the country in a recession and the state in a budget crunch, the VA program — indefinite at this point — is a welcome benefit, Smutzler said.

The center fees are frequently covered by Medi-Cal, she said.

“We just have to get out there and get the word out,” she said, and added the center’s clientele ranges widely in age.

To register, veterans should contact the VA’s Sepulveda Ambulatory Care Center at (818) 891-7711, or the county Department of Military and Veterans Affairs at (661) 254-3413.

Once a person is registered, a primary-care physician can provide a referral for the Adult Day Health Care Center.

The center is located at 22903 Soledad Canyon Rd. For more information call (661) 253-0700.



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