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Who we are: SKIP (Sick Kids [Need] Involved People) helps New York's sickest kids. SKIP acts as a free medical concierge, providing services at no cost so children can grow up at home rather than in hospitals or institutions. Established in 1983, SKIP is the only 501 (c)(3) nonprofit of its kind. Each year, SKIP helps 3,000 medically fragile and developmentally disabled children.
SKIP offers a wide range of services from providing nurse care, medical equipment and home modifications to identifying appropriate educational and recreational programs. For its outstanding service to the New York community, SKIP has received numerous rewards. From NY's Office for People with Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD), SKIP consistently scores 99 - 100% in categories such as performance, case work and qualifications.
Why SKIP: According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), in New York each year:
- 1 in 33 babies are born with birth defects (132,000 kids)
- 1 in 68 have Autism (64,000 kids)
- 1 in 6 children are diagnosed with developmental disabilities (725,166 kids)
- Another 74,000 are disabled as a result of accidents
As a result, each year, too many of these children are permanently hospitalized - unnecessarily - because the support services to care for a child at home are not in place or easily accessible.
SKIP brings kids home. SKIP: reduces the challenges of life-long challenges, helps children to reach their full potential and involves children in their communities - all at a considerable savings to tax payers. In New York State, the average cost of hospitalization per child is $337,625 as opposed to $69,172 for at-home care, which nets a savings to society of over 20%. With state funding decreasing for special needs children, SKIP needs help now more than ever to help get 250 children who need services off its waitlist. SKIP supports its work in part through the Junior Board, a talented group of people committed to the New York community.
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