A dental clinic for all people with developmental disabilities is held several times a month at Creative Community Living’s Meyer Hall in Winfield. Individuals who are unable to locate affordable, timely dental services from a community dentist are welcome.
A local dentist is assisted by CCL nursing staff members during the clinic. They are experienced at providing dental care for individuals with developmental disabilities, including those with severe medical problems or challenging behaviors, and those in wheelchairs who are unable to sit in a regular dental chair.
The staff performs cleanings, fillings, extractions and fluoride treatments. If appropriate medication is needed for the patient to relax, it must be prescribed by his or her primary care physician. It will be administered by the R.N. at the clinic. Supervision must be provided by the supporting agency before and after the patient is seen by the dentist.
The clinic’s fees are private pay and are based on the actual costs of operating the clinic. The fee is usually significantly lower than what a community dentist charges.
When Winfield State Hospital closed in the 1990s, many of the residents moved to community settings in the area. The dental care they had previously received was no longer available, so Creative Community Living and Martin Luther Homes of Kansas (now known as Mosaic) opened this clinic. Initial equipment was purchased with a grant from the United Methodist Health Ministry Fund. In May 2007, CCL became the sole owner of the clinic. New equipment was purchased with funding by Cowley County Developmental Services.
Individuals or agencies interested in more information about services may contact Amber Crowl or Ethel Gates, CCL’s director of nursing, at (620) 221-9431. E-mail messages may be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.