Neurodevelopmental Center of Excellence (NCE)
As of October 22nd 2018, Genesee Health System’s Neurodevelopmental Center of Excellence (NCE) has been accepting referrals for neuropsychological assessments of children exposed to lead from Flint water. NCE is an expansion of GHS’ assessment services for children which already provides Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) assessments. The new assessment center houses ASD, FASD, and the neuropsychological assessments related to lead exposure from Flint water.
Neuropsychological assessments are designed to provide parents, educators, and medical professionals, with insight into how a child solves problems, processes information, remembers and stores information, uses and understands language, regulates emotions, and behaves. The impact of lead on the developing brain has been shown to be significant, resulting in neurocognitive symptoms and psychiatric disturbances. In light of the Flint water crisis, neuropsychological assessment services are now available to assist caregivers, educators and medical/psychiatric providers in supporting children impacted by exposure to lead.
If you are interested in a neuropsychological assessment services for a child/individual, the following eligibility criteria are required:
- Any child/individual ages 3 through 26 who have not graduated from high school
- The child/individual was living in Flint between April 2014 to present at the time of exposure
- The child/individual currently lives in Genesee County
If the individual/child meets eligibility criteria, a referral should be placed using the following documents:
- Completed referral sheet (online or printable sheet). The printable sheet should be completed and faxed to (810) 257-3757.
- Neurological/genetic testing documents (if applicable)
- School records - - individualized education plans/504 plans/behavior plans (if applicable)
The completed referral form should be forwarded to the GHS Neurodevelopmental Center of Excellence (NCE) via fax to (810) 257-3757. Once the referral is received, NCE will contact the child/individual’s parent/guardian and begin the screening process. Based on screening results, the child/individual may warrant a full neuropsychological assessment. If you have any questions regarding this service, please do not hesitate to contact the Neurodevelopmental Center of Excellence at (810) 496-5677. We look forward to hearing from you.
If you have any additional questions about the assessment process, please do not hesitate to contact us at (810) 496-5677.