New clinic ‘one-stop shop’ for youngsters with craniofacial disorders (photo gallery)

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Homewood’s CRS office recently launched a clinic to specifically address the orthodontics needs of children with craniofacial disorders.

The CRS Orthodontic Clinic for Craniofacial Disorders – first held this past summer – offers a one-stop shop for consumers with craniofacial anomalies.

The new clinic is the only one of its kind in the state and is held quarterly onsite at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) School of Dentistry. It offers a multidisciplinary team approach to providing medically necessary orthodontic evaluations to children with congenital or acquired craniofacial anomalies who are qualified Alabama Medicaid recipients.

Development of the clinic began in response to a request from Dr. Chung H. Kau, professor and chairman of the UAB Department of Orthodontics. Kau approached ADRS Assistant Commissioner Melinda Davis and Medicaid Dental Consultants Beth Huckabee and Dr. Danny Rush to address his concerns for children with craniofacial anomalies.

In addition to providing nursing services for consumers attending the clinic, CRS offers consultations with a speech-language pathologist and a nutritionist. As with every other CRS clinic, CRS social workers meet with the client and family before they depart.

The clinic is open to diagnostically eligible CRS consumers statewide who are Medicaid recipients. For more information, contact Gara Johnson, nurse coordinator for Homewood CRS, at 205-290-4599.

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