What is PT Access?
PT Access is a model program designed to facilitate the provision of pro bono outpatient physical therapy (PT) services in existing clinics throughout Illinois.
Its goal is to connect low-income, uninsured PT patients with volunteer PTs so that all Illinois residents will have access to PT services despite a lack of financial resources and access to healthcare insurance.
Our vision is to create a sustainable model program that can be put into practice throughout Illinois, and ultimately in other states.
How it works
The PT Access program will recruit volunteer PTs from participating PT clinics who are willing to treat low- income, uninsured patients and clients in their clinics. These patients will be referred from cooperating medical clinics that provide low-cost or free care. These clinics will screen referred patients to ensure they meet program criteria of being uninsured and below a 250% poverty level income. Participating PT clinics can accept as many or as few referrals as they desire each month.
This program will be piloted in DuPage County in fourth quarter of 2020. Following its implementation and after a six-month program evaluation, it is our hope that this program can be expanded throughout Illinois with PT volunteers serving in every IPTA district.
To learn more about the meaning and value of pro bono work please visit the IPTA Virtual Library for the #THIRD THURSDAY program: PT ACCESS: Pro Bono Physical Therapy Services in Illinois.
Watch this website for more information as the PT ACCESS program develops. Feel free to contact the committee with any questions at: firstname.lastname@example.org