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Nisonger Center Johnstown Road

The Nisonger Center Johnstown Road dental program began operations in July 2003 with initial funding provided by the Ohio Department of Health (ODH) and significant direct and indirect support from the Franklin County Board of Developmental Disabilities (FCBDD). Additional grant support has been provided by The Aetna Foundation, The Columbus Foundation and United Way of Central Ohio, along with a Safety Net Dental Care Grant 2010-12 from ODH for $65,000. Additionally, the program was just awarded a Healthy Smiles, Healthy Children Access to Care grant from the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry. The Nisonger Center Johnstown Road program was one of five nationally that received an award securing the maximum amount of $20,000. This money will be used to purchase materials and replace or add dental instruments.

Nisonger Center Johnstown Road provides comprehensive and 24-hour emergency care for patients of record, targeting young preschool and early school-age children, with and without disabilities, who are low-income and unserved/underserved within Franklin County. Approximately 70% of the children are Latino.

The program accepts payments from private insurance companies, as well as Medicaid and Medicaid Managed Care plans. A sliding fee scale is employed for those patients who are uninsured, with a minimum fee of $35 per child per visit. However, no child is denied care based on ability to pay for services. New patients are being accepted and there is no waiting list. The Nisonger Center Johnstown Road dental program is open Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. The facility is located within the Franklin County Early Childhood Education Center at 2879 Johnstown Road, Columbus; appointments can be made by calling 614-342-5795.

Nisonger Center Dental Program at The Ohio State University (OSU)

The Nisonger Center Dental Program at The Ohio State University (OSU) began operations in 1972 as a training and service program. All OSU dental students, dental hygiene students, dental general practice residents and Nationwide Children’s Hospital pediatric dental residents rotate through Nisonger OSU as part of their educational experience. It is the only program in the country with this kind of exposure and experience included in the educational/clinical curriculum. This interdisciplinary program was established through funding from the Maternal and Child Health Bureau, Department of Health and Human Services. It is part of a national network of Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (LEND) programs that provide training, service and research. The Agency on Developmental Disabilities (ADD) also provided funding and has designated Nisonger as a University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UCEDD). Today, the primary fiscal support for the program comes from a grant secured through FCBDD.

The Nisonger OSU dental program focuses on individuals with developmental disabilities. Although it started with a strong emphasis on children, it has evolved to meet the lack of resources for adults with developmental disabilities to obtain dental care.

Nisonger OSU provides comprehensive restorative care with the resources of OSU and Nationwide Children’s Hospital, when needed, for patients from Franklin County and those affiliated with the FCBDD. The program accepts payments from private insurance, as well as Medicaid and Medicaid Managed Care Plans. A sliding fee scale is used for those who have no insurance; there is no minimum fee and no person is denied services based on ability to pay. The program also accepts new patients with no waiting list. Nisonger OSU is open Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and offers 24-hour emergency services for patients of record. The dental program is located on the OSU Medical Center campus, 1581 Dodd Drive in Columbus. The clinic phone number is 614-292-3160; the Web site address is www.nisonger.osu.edu.

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July 2010

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