By Lena Mitchell/NEMS Daily Journal Corinth Bureau
RIPLEY – Three Tippah County residents who used the services of the Regional Rehabilitation Center in Tupelo in fiscal year 2010 received 55 speech therapy contacts.
Those three clients, like all clients of the Tupelo nonprofit agency, received those services at no cost to the individuals or their insurance company.
The county, however, has been an annual contributor to Regional Rehab’s more than $1 million annual budget with a $2,500 annual allocation.
The Board of Supervisors heard a request from director Kay Mathews during Friday’s work session to continue including the agency in the county’s annual budget at the same funding level.
Regional Rehab has been serving clients across north Mississippi counties for 61 years with services that include physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy, audiology services and early intervention services.
The agency’s mission is to “restore and enhance the quality of life of north Mississippians with disabling conditions through rehabilitation services characterized by quality care and personal attention,” Mathews wrote in her request letter.
“Quality of life is the key, whether it is helping a stroke or accident victim regain lost skills such as walking, talking, reading or self-care, or helping a child gain much-needed skills to keep up with his peers, both in and out of the classroom.”
Based on the estimated cost of purchasing those services, several supervisors agreed that families would be hard-hit to pay for services themselves.
The budget request was taken under advisement.