Central PA Aphasia Center (Danville, PA)

Name

  • Name:Mrs. Robin Petrus
  • Title:Executive & Program Director

Organization Address

  • Organization Name:Central PA Aphasia Center
  • Address:128 Mill Street, Suite B
    Danville, PA 17821
    United States

Organization Phone

  • Main phone:570-284-4555

Organization Web

User Phone

  • Mobile phone:570-854-5583

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Location

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General

  • Mission:
  • The Central Pennsylvania Aphasia Center is a non-profit 501c3 organization dedicated to improving communication and quality of life for individuals with aphasia and raising public awareness of the disorder.

  • Overview:
  • Aphasia is a communication disorder caused by injury to the speech and language center of the brain, most commonly from a stroke or traumatic brain injury. The disorder affects the production and/or comprehension of speech and the ability to read, write and process numbers.

    Aphasia does not affect intelligence but others may assume persons with aphasia have a mental condition because they cannot easily maintain a conversation, read, or quickly respond to oral or written language. Aphasia affects family relationships, interaction with friends, and the ability to maintain employment. It often results in social isolation and loss of dignity. According to the National Aphasia Association, an estimated 1 million Americans suffer from aphasia. Half of those diagnosed with aphasia will experience persistent symptoms for months, years, or even decades.

    The Central Pennsylvania Aphasia Center provides a complete speech therapy program consisting of classes and other therapeutic activities in a group setting, focusing not only on communication but also on socialization, caregiver training and support, and community reintegration. It is a natural “next step” to the acute rehabilitation phase of aphasia recovery without limits on access to care. A sliding fee scale ensures affordability for all. The Center is the only known facility providing these services in the central Pennsylvania region.

    Most insurance plans only pay for a limited amount of speech therapy during a patient’s acute phase of recovery and rehabilitation. Also, a plateau in progress has been assumed to occur after one year, and speech therapy is often discontinued. However, recent research shows that with further practice, symptoms of aphasia can continue to improve. The Center was established to provide quality yet affordable options for continued communication improvement beyond the acute phase of aphasia recovery. Additionally, the group setting encourages meaningful relationships and experiences for life enrichment.

    Aphasia education and support is accomplished through the Center’s website, quarterly newsletter, media coverage, and in-services to appropriate audiences. The Center aims to educate not only individuals with aphasia and their families and caregivers, but also medical practitioners, rehabilitation therapists, and the general community. Additionally, the Central Pennsylvania Aphasia Center collaborates with local institutions of higher learning, Bucknell and Bloomsburg University, to provide training to students in speech-language pathology, linguistics and neuroscience.

  • History:
  • The Central Pennsylvania Aphasia Center is a non-profit, 501c3 organization. The Executive Director, founder, and Speech/Language Pathologist Robin A. Petrus, MS, CCC-SLP, is a licensed Speech-Language Pathologist and Certified Brain Injury Specialist with 17 years’ experience treating aphasia. Mrs. Petrus received her degrees at Towson University in Baltimore, Maryland and has been employed in both outpatient and inpatient settings, most recently at Geisinger HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital in Danville, PA.. The passion for her work stems from childhood memories of a father living with aphasia. Her clients have provided the inspiration for establishing the aphasia center. Their unfailing will and determination suggested a need for a place where continued improvement and life enrichment could occur.

    The Central Pennsylvania Aphasia Center became incorporated on September 15, 2010 as Entity # 3979630. The Center received tax exempt status as a 501c3 organization in March 2011 and opened to members in April of 2011.

    The idea of starting an aphasia center had been brewing for many years but seemed an insurmountable task. Little by little the “how to” began to take shape and supporters listened as the founder shared her vision of the center. With a passion stemming from childhood memories of a father living with aphasia, our founder forged ahead to accomplish her dream.

    In the meantime the healthcare system continued to change, challenging the provision of comprehensive and ongoing services to individuals with aphasia in a traditional medical model. Duration of therapy and number of allowed visits is dictated by insurance plans, often leaving speech therapists with no choice but to discontinue services before the individual is ready. The Central Pennsylvania Aphasia Center uses an innovative approach to providing affordable therapy, support, and community reintegration. It is a natural “next step” to the acute rehabilitation phase without limits on access to care. The aphasia center offers hope for continued improvement in communication skills and puts an end to social isolation due to aphasia.

  • Year established:2010
  • Endowment:Unknown

Staff

  • Executive / Trustee board size:7
  • Advisory board size:0
  • Staff size:1

Registration

  • Organization type:Grantseeker
  • Country of registration:United States
  • Tax Determination Letter:Received Determination Letter
  • IRS Section:501(c)(3)
  • IRS Subsection:None
  • Tax ID:27-3904095

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IRS Business Master File Information

  • EIN:273904095
  • Organization Name:CENTRAL PENNSYLVANIA APHASIA CENTER
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  • Organization Address:190 MARIA HALL DR
  • Organization City:DANVILLE
  • Organization State:PA
  • Organization Zip:17821-1346
  • Group Exemption Number:0000
  • Subsection Code:03
  • Classification Code(s):1
  • Subsection/Classification Desc.:Charitable Organization
  • Affiliation Code:3
  • Ruling Date:February, 2011
  • Deductibility Code:1
  • Foundation Code:15
  • Foundation Code Desc.:Organization which receives a substantial part of its support from a governmental unit or the general public 170(b)(1)(A)(vi)
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  • Organization Code:1 (Corporation)
  • Exempt Org. Status Code:01 (Unconditional Exemption)
  • Tax Period:December, 2016
  • Filing Requirement Category:02 (990 - Required to file Form 990-N - Income less than $25,000 per year)
  • Accounting Period:December
  • NTEE Code:G19
  • Asset Amount:$0
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  • Income Amount:$0
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  • 990 Revenue Amount:$0
  • Last Updated:2/22/2018 2:54:09 am

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