Medical Therapy Program (MTP)

Occupational and Physical Therapy

Medical Therapy Program (MTP) is a special program within California Children's Services (CCS) that includes occupational therapy (OT) and physical therapy (PT) for children with eligible conditions. Therapy services are provided at rehabilitation units located in public schools. These units are called Medical Therapy Units (MTU).

Eligible Conditions

Eligible conditions include, but are not limited to:
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  • Cerebral palsy
  • Spina bifida
  • Muscular dystrophy
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Arthrogryposis
  • Osteogenesis imperfecta

Financial Eligibility

There is no financial eligibility for the MTP. One must meet the medically eligible conditions as listed above.
Age: Your child must be under 21 years of age.
Residence: Your child must be a permanent resident of Merced County.


Just like the general CCS program, anyone (such as a parent, teacher, school nurse, or physician) can refer a child to MTP. For more information, call (209) 381-5993.

Physicians and Evaluations

A physician is always required for the management of the child's therapy needs and prescriptions in conjunction with the OT and PT evaluations. Evaluations are completed on the child's specific therapy needs. OT and/or PT is approved and prescribed by the physician and are provided at the MTU.