Who Are We?
The Community Brain Injury Program for Children and Youth in BC (CBIPCY) is a program of the BC Centre for Ability. The BC Centre for Ability is a community organization that provides a continuum of services to children, youth and adults with disabilities.
Program Mandate and Eligibility
The program mandate is to provide community based services that enhance the quality of life of children, youth and adults with disabilities and their families in ways that facilitate and build competencies, and foster inclusion in all aspects of life.
Who is Eligible?
Our free service is available to children and youth up to 19 years old who:
- Are diagnosed with an Acquired Brain Injury post-birth from a one-time illness or injury, such as a traumatic brain injury, brain tumours, infections, stroke/AVM, and other causes
- Need rehabilitation and support services.
- Were injured or diagnosed within the past 12 months.
- Have resided in B.C for at least a year and are BC residentswith a right to live permanently in Canada.
- Are not receiving funding through third party sources, including ICBC, Crime Victim Assistance, Private Insurance or lawsuit
How To Access Our Services?
Referrals can be made by parents, community or medical professionals and faxed into the program at 604-451-5651. They must be accompanied by medical documentation.
The Community Brain Injury Program provides short-term (up to 6 months), rehabilitation and support services for children and youth eligible for services. The goal is to assist the child or youth as they transition from hospital or rehabilitation centre to home, school, and community. Services are provided in the child/youth home community. Services provided can include Physiotherapy, Occupational Therapy, Speech and Language Pathology, Psychology, Social Work, Rehabilitation Assistance Services and Neuro-psychology assessment.
The CBIPCY assigns a Coordinator to each child/youth receiving acute rehabilitation services to ensure coordinated and quality services to meet the identified needs of the child/youth and the family.
The CBIPCY Coordinator is responsible for:
- Working with the family and the child/youth to identify service needs and priorities. As a quick response program, families can expect a call from a Coordinator within 14 days of the referral being received at the BC Centre for Ability.
- Putting together a team of contracted therapists to address the acute rehabilitation needs of the child/youth
- Maintaining close contact with the family, providing counseling, brain injury education, advocacy and support.
- Monitoring services delivered by contracted therapists working with the child/youth to ensure timely and quality service delivery.
- Connecting the family with community resources and assisting the child/youth to re-entry into school and community activities.
Toll free line (1-877-451-5511) for Information and Education
The CBIPCY is also a provincial resource on pediatric acquired brain injury in British Columbia. By calling the toll free line, individuals and families can receive information and consultation on brain injuries and brain injury related resources.
The CBIPCY School transition services are consultation based services to help children, youth and families during critical school transition times (Elementary – Middle School, Middle School – High School & High School – Adulthood).
For further information, call the toll free line to be in touch with a Coordinator.
Tel: (604) 451-5511
Fax: (604) 451-5651
Community Brain Injury Program for Children & Youths in BC
2805 Kingsway, Vancouver V5R 5H9