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Community Head Injury Resource Services

Admission Criteria


Admission Criteria:

CHIRS provides services to adults over the age of 18 who have an acquired brain injury (ABI). Individuals applying for CHIRS services must either reside in Toronto or York Region and be able to travel to CHIRS program sites when comparable services are not offered in their area.  As our services are in high demand, we will only accept individuals who are expected to benefit from CHIRS services.  You must be accepted into CHIRS services before attending any of the programs.


Admission Criteria:

  • Have a moderate to severe brain injury
  • Be between the ages of 18 and 60 on the date services commence
  • Reside in Toronto or York Region (may waive this criterion if individual is able to travel to CHIRS programs and comparable services are not offered in their area)
  • Individual is expected to benefit from services


Intake Services

CHIRS endeavours to ensure fair and equitable access to service for all eligible applicants. The Intake Department can be contacted to help determine basic eligibility and to ensure that CHIRS has the appropriate services. In addition, the Intake Team is knowledgeable about brain injury services in Toronto and is available to provide information about other possible resources.

An application to CHIRS can be made through the Toronto Acquired Brain Injury Network (TABIN). TABIN offers a single point referral service to publicly funded member agencies including hospital-based brain injury rehabilitation, long-term care facilities, and community-based services in Toronto.

Relevant brain injury medical and consultations reports must be included with the application and is required as part of the intake process. Once the completed application and supporting documentation has been received by CHIRS, an Intake staff will arrange a meeting with the individual requesting service and their support network (professionals and/or family members) depending on the nature of the request .This meeting provides an opportunity for information sharing and allows CHIRS to get a better sense of the individual's goals and support requirements.

The request is then presented to the Intake Committee to determine if CHIRS has the appropriate resources to meet the individual's needs. The Committee may also suggest alternative resources and/or make appropriate referrals if necessary.

CHIRS offers subsidized services, funded through the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, to eligible individuals. Given CHIRS' limited resources, there may be a waiting period depending on the service requested.

CHIRS also offers services on a Fee for Service basis to individuals with access to private funding. A proposal outlining services and cost is submitted to the payer for authorization prior to services commencing.

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