The ComPASS (Community Participation And Skill-building Services) program focuses on helping clients regain abilities and develop practical skills for everyday living.
ComPASS does not provide maintenance services or perform tasks for the client. ComPASS clients work with BIS occupational therapists to build life skills. Different therapy methods, including assistive technology and cognitive rehabilitation, address needs that traditional therapy services may not provide.
The goal is for clients to lead fulfilling lives and to be able to participate in activities that are important to them.
Clients and/or their caregivers/families are expected to be active participants and to demonstrate ongoing progress. The frequency, length, and duration of client participation in ComPASS is determined by BIS occupational therapists. This is based on the professional judgment of the occupational therapist and takes into consideration client objectives, abilities, and limitations.
BIS occupational 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 client workspaces
- Managing sensory overload at grocery store
The range of services offered is determined after client evaluation and on an individual case basis. ComPASS services are not traditional/billable therapy services. ComPASS is 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.
- A recommendation will be made to the client and the client’s medical team if it is believed that the client may benefit from traditional therapy services.
- Be medically stable or actively involved in treatment to manage complications.
- Demonstrate willingness and capability to commit to the individualized plan specific to ComPASS
- Have documented evidence of an acquired, non-degenerative brain injury which occurred at least 30 days after birth.
- Be at least 18 years of age.
- Reside in Northern Virginia, including Alexandria City, Fredericksburg City, Winchester City, and Arlington, Caroline, Clarke, Culpeper, Fairfax, Fauquier, Frederick, King George, Loudoun, Prince William, Spotsylvania, Stafford and Warren Counties.
- Sign a release for BIS to obtain necessary assessment and referral information.
- Have legal status in the United States including but not limited to, student visa, work authorization, Green Card, or citizenship.
If the Case Manager believes that the individual:
- Has a problem with drugs and/or alcohol, they must agree to participate in a substance abuse evaluation and must be willing to follow a treatment plan.
- Is a danger to themselves or others, the individual must agree to have a mental health evaluation and must be willing to follow treatment recommendations.
For best possible success, individuals:
- Are in a healthy emotional state and ready to learn
- Have begun to acknowledge or identify deficits from their brain injury
- Have energy and time to dedicate to treatment
- Have a support system