WHAT IS COMPASS?
The ComPASS (Community Participation And Skill-building Services) program at Brain Injury Services focuses on helping clients develop practical skills for everyday life. The ComPASS team includes occupational therapists who work to help clients build life skills through different therapy methods including assistive technology and cognitive rehabilitation. The goal is for clients to lead fulfilling lives and to be able to participate in activities that are important to them.
WHAT MAKES COMPASS DIFFERENT?
ComPASS was designed to fill gaps in traditional rehabilitation service models. Since brain injury is a life-long diagnosis, and rehabilitation services can be limited due to insurance or when the injury occurred, our occupational therapists work closely with the client’s team to identify and address areas of need that traditional therapy services may not have considered.
ComPASS focuses on skill-building and is designed to assist clients in improving their performance and participation. ComPASS does not provide maintenance services (i.e. performing tasks for the client). Clients and/or their caregivers/families are expected to be active participants and to demonstrate progressive learning and skills. The frequency, length, and duration of services will be determined by the occupational therapist.
Our therapists have the flexibility to work with clients in their homes or in their communities. Examples of ComPASS services include:
- Helping clients learn how to navigate their neighborhood
- Developing a blog
- Managing medications
- Creating meal plans
- Using relaxation and sleep technologies
- Modifying their home to make it safer or improve accessibility.
- Adapting workplace
- Managing sensory overload at grocery store
FOCUS ON SKILL-BUILDING
It is important to note that ComPASS services focus on skill-building. Services are designed to assist clients in improving their performance and participation. ComPASS does not provide maintenance services (i.e. performing tasks for the client). Clients and/or their caregivers/families are expected to be active participants and to demonstrate progressive learning. The frequency, length, and duration of services will be determined by the Occupational Therapist. This determination will be based on professional judgment and will take into consideration client objectives, abilities, and limitations.
To be eligible for ComPASS services a client must be able to adhere to Brain Injury Service criteria and:
- Be medically stable or actively involved in treatment to manage complications
- Demonstrate client willingness and capability to commit to the individualized intervention plan specific to ComPASS services
Generally, for optimal rehabilitation success, individuals:
- Are in a healthy emotional state in which learning can take place
- Have begun to acknowledge or identify deficits from their brain injury
- Have energy and time to dedicate to treatment
- Have a support system
The range of services offered will be determined after evaluation results and on an individual case basis.
There are no fees for these services, but clients may be required to disclose financial information as requested by BIS funders.
ComPASS services are not traditional/billable therapy services. Our services are designed to fill gaps within the rehabilitation model and extend the continuum of care. The BIS Occupational Therapists will work closely with the client’s team to identify and address areas of need that traditional therapy services may not have the capacity to address due to insurance restrictions.
- Services are not meant to replace or duplicate existing client services.
- BIS does not provide insurance reimbursable services.
- If it is suspected that the client may benefit from traditional therapy services a recommendation for services and further exploration will be presented to the client and the client’s medical team.
- ComPASS does not participate with any insurance providers nor do therapists diagnose or use diagnostic/procedure codes in any documentation.
- BIS staff members will not submit insurance claims on behalf of served clients, nor will they provide clients with documentation to submit for reimbursement through insurance carriers.
For more information, please call us at 703.451.8881 and ask for the ComPASS program.