Community Brain Injury Services (known as Regional Community Brain Injury Services – or RCBIS) provides individualized programs using a participate-to-learn approach. The model rests on roles as goals, learning by experience in real-life contexts and the use of personal and environmental supports to enable participation.
Community Brain Injury Services offers a variety of programming and services to clients, including group activities in Kingston, Belleville, and Brockville. Newly referred clients may participate in a group for newcomers, to learn about acquired brain injury and identify individual service goals.
Community Brain Injury Services is funded by the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care. It serves residents in the counties of Frontenac, Lennox and Addington, Hastings, Prince Edward, Lanark, Leeds and Grenville.
Referrals: Referrals are accepted from service providers, individuals, and family members. A written Referral Form with medical documentation of an acquired brain injury is required. Forms are available from our offices in Kingston, Belleville or Brockville.
Community Brain Injury Services contacts the person within one week of referral. When service begins depends on the person’s needs and available resources.
Fees: Services provided by Community Brain Injury Services are subsidized by the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care. Fees are charged for participants who have access to private rehabilitation funding. Community Brain Injury Services provides rehabilitation and support services; clients are responsible for basic living expenses including accommodation, food, and transportation.
Contact: Please direct any questions about fees to Joni Hartman, Program Manager, at 613-547-6969, Ext. 128.
Volunteer requests: Clients may request a volunteer to join them in leisure activities in the community. Please forward requests to Rachel Henry, Volunteer Coordinator, Community Brain Injury Services, at 613-547-6969, Ext. 165.
Community Brain Injury Services Locations
Kingston – LaSalle Mews Building
303 Bagot Street, Suite 401
Kingston, ON K7K 5W7
Belleville – The Quinte Mall
100 Bell Boulevard, Suite 335
Belleville, ON K8P 4Y7
Brockville – The Brockville Centre
23 Abbott St
Brockville, ON K6V 4A5
Types of Services
The CBIS Outreach service offers a neurobehavioral approach that involves cognitive, emotional, behavioural, physical and pre-vocational rehabilitation. The program is for adults who have had a moderate to severe brain injury who are able and willing to identify and work towards their own goals with assistance from staff.
Potential participants are assessed to determine the suitability of the program and to make recommendations for goal achievement. An individualized service plan is then developed and reviewed as needed. The service rests on roles as goals, learning by experience in real-life contexts and the use of personal and environmental supports to enable participation.
Participants are usually involved in both individual and group activities at our offices, home and community. Each person has their own schedule. Emphasis is placed on daily living skills, social integration, preparing for productive activities such as working or going to school, improving self-awareness, controlling emotions and behaviour, and maintaining satisfying relationships.
Assisted Living Program
The Assisted Living Program provides ongoing (up to 24-hour) services for adults with severe acquired brain injury who need specialized support to be part of the community. Participants live in their own homes or apartments, usually with another person of their choice who is also receiving 24-hour support.
The program helps people to maintain stable accommodation, manage activities of daily living, engage in productive activities, and develop social supports. Service provided by CBIS is intended to complement the person’s participation in other community services and activities.There is a waiting list which is monitored closely.
The CBIS neuropsychologist provides assessment (not for diagnosis of brain injury), counselling and consultation as well as clinical direction for all client services. Psychology services are accessed through the usual CBIS referral process.
In south Lanark, Leeds and Grenville counties, CBIS offers Reconnections Groups – a series of activity-based groups, located in different locations throughout the calendar year. Each series is usually ten weeks in length, with the group meeting weekly for three hours. To date, groups have focused on a number of different areas of interest: gardening, wellness, hobbies, nature, history, cooking, and woodworking.
- We work as partners with our clients and their families and take their goals and dreams as our priorities.
- We facilitate involvement in important life roles by using roles as goals, learning by experience in real-life contexts and using personal and environmental supports to enable participation.
- We support and encourage our clients to follow the rules and norms of the communities in which they live.
- We believe services are most effective when provided in the homes and communities where people live. We help communities to recognize and fulfill their responsibilities to support participation by people with brain injuries in community life.
- We are committed to fostering a dynamic, supportive team-oriented work environment.