Eligibility, Referrals and Intake
Anyone can contact our office to complete a referral - yourself or someone on your behalf. A doctor’s referral is not required although BICR may need information from your doctor. This will be further discussed by the Intake Coordinator and we will ask to review the medical records from your doctor.
Contact our Intake Coordinator to:
- Understand the services available for individuals and family members
- Send written material concerning programs and services
- Determine if our services are suitable to meet an individual's needs
- Arrange a meeting to further discuss service and/or complete an application and the forms necessary for admission
- Discuss what goals and achievements are important to the individual
- Review the application and any relevant reports, including medical information, to assist in determining eligibility
Our services are funded by the Ministry of Health Long Term Care Division, unless you have available funds from a third party (e.g. auto insurance, WSIB). If funds are available from a third party, we will contact them regarding your needs.
Access to the programs and services provided by Brain Injury Community Re-entry is based on the following criteria:
- Diagnosis of an acquired brain injury is defined as damage to the brain, which occurs after birth. This can be cause by: a traumatic event, such as a car accident, a fall, an assault or a sports injury. Also included are medical problems or disease, such as tumour, a brain aneurysm, an infection or stroke. Neurodegenerative disorders and congenital birth defects are not considered ABIs.
- Specialized nursing needs are addressed by other professional agencies.
- Age Criteria: Individuals who are 18 years of age or older. Consideration is given to individuals 16 to 18 years of age.
- You must reside in Niagara Region.
- Individuals must engage in working toward a mutually agreed upon goal.
- The person has the ability to participate and benefit from a rehabilitation program. This includes formulating realistic mutually negotiated SMART goals focusing on the establishment of independence at home, at work, at school and/or in the broader community.
- Significant psychiatric challenges should be managed and should not preclude the individual from being able to participate in services.
Admission will be deemed to have occurred when an external candidate begins to receive any component of service from BICR.
BICR recognizes that none of its existing supports are long term in nature when medical, physical, or specialized care needs of the individual surpass the agency’s scope of services.
The Intake Coordinator will send you written material concerning our programs and services and will work with you to determine whether BICR’s services are suitable to meet your needs.
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There are times when, due to large number of applications, a waiting list exists. It is important to contact BICR early in an individual's rehabilitation to initiate the application process.
When there is a waiting period for services, the Intake Coordinator will refer the individual to Case Coordination Services.