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Keystone Partnerships: Little City

50 Years 50 Stories

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One of the reasons Aunt Martha’s has always been a unique resource is our willingness to understand and respond to the needs of highly specialized, high-risk populations. DCFS youth. Youth involved with the courts and juvenile justice system. Children and families in crisis.

In each case, Aunt Martha’s stepped in to design (often from the ground up) innovative solutions that relied on the expertise of deeply committed partners.

Special Needs Clinic at Little City (Palatine)

A Medical & Dental Home for Patients with Special Needs

Caring for special needs patients takes compassion and understanding. What works in traditional medical and dental offices may not work in a setting that specializes in caring for patients with special needs.

We Care about the Details

Aunt Martha’s cares about the details. The little things that make a patient’s day a bit brighter, a caregiver’s day a bit easier. That’s why Little City asked Aunt Martha’s to bring our integrated model of care to its 56-acre campus in Palatine. Every detail — from the personalities of the staff, to the physical design of the office, to the role of the patient’s family and caregivers — has been carefully considered. Today, our Little City Health Center is Chicagoland’s only medical and dental home specially designed to meet the complex needs of children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities (DD).

Priority Access to Care

Aunt Martha’s clinic at Little City gives priority status to our patients living in the agency’s on-site residential settings. We also serve patients in the care of other organizations like Little City. The health center has significantly reduced Emergency Department visits by the developmentally disabled DCFS youth on the Little City campus.

About our Partner

Little City was founded in 1959 by a group of parents who wanted something better for their children who “experts” often said should be institutionalized. More than 60 years later, Little City remains a vital, vibrant community that creates hope, change lives and challenge the limits placed on individuals with disabilities.

Our nonprofit includes a 56-acre campus in Palatine with a choice of housing, programming and educational options as well as a foster care placement office in Chicago. We recently added the Duffey Family Children’s Village of state-of-the-art group homes for children and doubled our square footage and capacity of its ChildBridge Center for Education.

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