Census data indicates that over 175,000 people with disabilities reside in San Francisco, San Mateo, and Santa Clara Counties. Additionally, more than 290,000 military Veterans call the Bay Area home. According to the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs, between 11-30% of Veterans suffer from PTSD from military service. NCEFT exists to provide treatment that makes a profound difference for these populations. Ours is one of few organizations in the country – let alone the San Francisco Peninsula – that are staffed and equipped to deliver the equine-assisted therapy and range of other equine-assisted activities that result in breakthrough opportunities for people challenged with autism, ADHD, cerebral palsy, traumatic brain or post-traumatic stress injury, stroke, genetic disorders, learning disabilities, and speech and learning delays.
The financial costs to families raising a child with a disability or supporting an adult with a disability can be staggering. Doctor and surgical fees, costs for medical equipment and supplies, fees for special education and specialized care-the list of expenses goes on. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, it will take roughly $240,000 to raise a typical child from birth to age 18. For a special needs child, those expenses can quadruple. Autism Speaks estimates that the lifetime cost for an individual with autism and/or intellectual disability averages $1.4 -$2.4 million. For many of our patients and clients, therapy at NCEFT is just one among several medically prescribed therapies, and many require financial assistance to pay for their treatment here.
NCEFT’s overarching organizational goal is to never deny treatment to a patient/client who qualifies for treatment due to their inability to pay for that treatment. NCEFT has been providing some form of financial assistance to its patients/clients for decades. Financial assistance is used to defray session fees (fees patients pay to receive NCEFT services) on a sliding scale, from 25% to 100%, related to family income and other factors (based on U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development standards). All program participants must meet qualification guidelines. Financial assistance applications are reviewed annually and any adjustments to amounts of assistance are made commiserate to changes in family circumstances. NCEFT raises donations to fund the entirety of the Financial Assistance Program.
Over the course of NCEFT’s history, hundreds of families who could not otherwise afford (therefore participate in) this form of treatment have benefitted from healing at NCEFT, thanks to the Financial Assistance Program.
Financial assistance is available to any patient/client currently receiving programming from NCEFT, including equine-assisted therapy, adaptive riding, equine-assisted mental health and wellness, and Happy Trails Camp. Applications are not accepted before treatment commences, nor do applications have any impact on determination of treatment or waitlist status. All applications are held in strict confidence.
If you are a current patient/client, to apply please
- Fill out the form below
- Attach a copy of your first two pages of your most recent federal income tax return
- Return both to: NCEFT, Attn: Executive Director, 880 Runnymede Rd, Woodside, CA 94062