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What is ComPASS?

The ComPASS (Community Participation And Skill-building Services) Department at Brain Injury Services focuses on helping individuals develop practical skills for everyday life. ComPASS is comprised of dedicated occupational therapists here to help clients build life skills through the use of cognitive rehabilitation, assistive technology, and other therapeutic approaches. We want our clients to lead fulfilling lives and to be able to participate in activities that are meaningful to them.

What Makes ComPASS Different?

ComPASS was designed to fill gaps in traditional rehabilitation service models. There are many talented therapists who have done incredible work with people who have experienced brain injuries. Unfortunately, insurance companies often restrict therapists in the kinds of goals they can address. Furthermore, brain injury is a life-long diagnosis, but rehabilitation services are often limited and only offered at the onset of the injury. Yet, current research findings indicate that through the power of neuroplasticity our brains, even when injured, can adapt and learn throughout our lifespan.

The ComPASS occupational therapists will work closely with the client’s team to identify and address areas of need that, for whatever reasons, traditional therapy services may not have the capacity or opportunity to address.

For example, ComPASS therapists may help clients learn how to navigate their neighborhood, develop a blog, manage medications, create meal plans, use relaxation and sleep technologies, or modify their home. Our therapists have the flexibility to work with clients in their homes or in their communities. This means a therapist could help a client adapt a workspace, practice consumer skills in a grocery store, or manage sensory overload in a shopping mall. 

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 support team 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:

o   Be medically stable or actively involved in treatment to manage complications

o   Demonstrate client willingness and capability to commit to the individualized intervention plan specific to ComPASS services

Generally, for optimal rehabilitation success, individuals:

o   Are in a healthy emotional state in which learning can take place

o   Have begun to acknowledge or identify deficits from the brain injury

o   Are willing to work on challenging tasks that may induce frustration

o   Have energy and time to dedicate to treatment

o   Have a support system

The range of intervention services offered will be determined pending evaluation results and will take into consideration the client’s specific case.

Service Fees

ComPASS services are offered on a sliding fee scale from $0 to $90 per session. The client must complete a Financial Eligibility Form to determine the percentage of the full fee they are responsible for paying.

ComPASS services are not traditional/billable therapy services. Our services are designed to fill service 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.

o   Services are not meant to replace or duplicate existing client services.

o   BIS does not provide insurance reimbursable services.

o   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. 

o   ComPASS does not participate with any insurance providers nor do therapists diagnose or use diagnostic/procedure codes in any documentation.

o   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 Department Manager Sarah Pickford at 703.451.8881 x244 or email her at

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