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The Behavioural Rehabilitation Service (BRS) is one of many rehabilitation services offered by The Ottawa Hospital Rehabilitation Centre (TOHRC). Individualized services are offered on both an inpatient and outreach basis. Using a neurobehavioural approach, the program focuses on patient strengths.

Direct observation of behaviour and input from family or significant others form the basis for assessment. The treatment program uses everyday activities and life skills sessions as opportunities to establish strengths and minimize behaviours that interfere with activities and relationships.

The BRS Inpatient Program is designed for individuals who would benefit from the structure provided in a controlled environment, with the average stay being six months. Our clinic has four-to-six beds and is located on TOHRC’s second floor in Ward C.

The BRS Outreach Program is designed for those individuals who do not need the structured environment and are able to gain control over behaviours in their own environment.

Treatment is provided by a dedicated interdisciplinary team working to help patients reach their goals. Patients work closely with a rehabilitation therapist, who is under the supervision of the clinical psychologist and other professionals on the team.

Our Services

The BRS provides client-focused assessment and treatment that involves patients, families and caregivers as rehabilitation partners.

The goals of the BRS are to:

  • To assist patients with gaining control over behavioural challenges associated with brain injury.
  • To help patients become more independent in the areas of employment, education, meaningful daily activities and personal relationships.

Services include:

  • Initial assessment and ongoing support by a physiatrist (doctor who specializes in rehabilitation)
  • Discipline-specific assessment and therapies, including clinical nutrition, nursing, psychiatry, psychology, occupational therapy, physiotherapy, speech-language therapy, social work and/or therapeutic recreation
  • Neurocognitive rehabilitation
  • Behavioural assessment and intervention
  • Communicative skills development
  • Training and support with daily-living activities
  • Recreational/leisure skills development
  • Psychosocial counselling
  • Counselling and education about acquired brain injury for clients, families and caregivers
  • Consultation, education and training support for community service providers
  • Community-based rehabilitation provided by a rehabilitation therapist, under the direction of a regulated health professional
  • Opportunities for the client to regain and maintain an optimal level of physical, cognitive and psychosocial independence based on patient- and family-focused rehabilitation goals

Our team encourages family members and significant others to be involved in patient rehabilitation as a means of success. Our team members offer education and support to patients’ families and friends, and also welcome feedback about the services provided.

Our Team

The expertise of our dedicated interdisciplinary team includes:

  • Clinical nutrition
  • Clinical pharmacy
  • Nursing
  • Occupational therapy
  • Physiatry
  • Physiotherapy
  • Psychology
  • Rehabilitation therapy
  • Social work
  • Speech-language pathology
  • Therapeutic recreation

Patient Resources

Making an Appointment

Referrals are accepted from hospitals, physicians, health-care providers, family members, community services, and insurance companies. We also accept self-referrals.

Once a referral is received:

  • The Acquired Brain Injury admissions coordinator reviews the referral
  • The care stream physiatrist (doctor who specializes in rehabilitation) refers the patient to the most appropriate service or discipline(s)
  • Patients are placed on a waiting list for admission
  • Patients are triaged for admission based on their referral timeline, level of urgency, readiness and services required

We accept referrals from the counties of:

  • Renfrew
  • Lanark
  • Leeds-Grenville
  • Stormont-Dundas-Glengarry
  • Prescott-Russell
  • Ottawa Carleton
  • Western Quebec (inpatient treatment only)

Please note: While community-based services are limited to the counties listed, people from other areas will be considered for admission to inpatient services.

Contact Us

For further information, please contact:

Admissions Coordinator for the Outreach Program
Acquired Brain Injury Care Stream
The Robin Easey Centre
125 Scrivens St., Ottawa, ON, K2B 6H3
Tel.: (613) 726-1558 ext. 31
Fax: (613) 726-1764

Admissions Triage Nurse for the Inpatient Program
Acquired Brain Injury Care Stream
The Ottawa Hospital Rehabilitation Centre
505 Smyth Rd., Ottawa, ON, K1H 8M2
Tel.: (613) 737-7350 ext. 75685
Fax: (613) 733-8336

Last updated on: June 2nd, 2021