The RETURN! Brain Injury Community Re-entry Program is holistic in its approach to brain injury rehabilitation. Beyond the typical outpatient services provided to survivors of brain injury, RETURN! offers emotional, psychosocial and pre-vocational supports. Families and significant others are regarded as team members and participate in goal-setting and discharge planning. Because brain injury affects the “whole person,” services are broad in scope.
Each client in RETURN! is assigned a primary counselor. The counselor meets consistently with the client to assess emotional adjustment to functional changes and the RETURN! Program, review goals and treatment plan, and discuss community re-entry concerns. A family team meeting is held typically after the client has been in the program for 4–5 weeks. The meeting offers the client, family and therapy team an opportunity to discuss the client's progress in the program, home life issues, proposed treatment goals and discharge plans.
Our pre-vocational specialist meets with each client to evaluate the client's vocational interests, discuss return-to-work concerns and connect clients with appropriate vocational resources in the community. The specialist can be directly involved in planning for a client’s imminent return to work, or if more extensive preparation is needed, the client may be referred to the RETURN!—To Work Vocational Re-entry Program.
Case management is provided for all RETURN! clients to help them to navigate healthcare systems and to link with community resources. Our social worker is the liaison between the insurance company, client/family and treatment team to obtain authorization and continued coverage for the program. The case manager ensures the best in care both during and after participation in RETURN!
The brain injury support group, SINAI-United (Survivors in Need after Injury), is open to brain injury survivors, family, friends and caregivers. It meets the third Tuesday of the month in the lobby of the Schoeneman Building at Sinai Hospital of Baltimore. This group is affiliated with the Brain Injury Association of Maryland. If you would like more information about the support group or if you would like to add your name added to the mailing list, please contact Tori Crothers at 410-601-6080.
The Sinai Rehabilitation Center also offers a driving evaluation and training program. For additional information, click here or call the Driving Line at 410-601-9843.
If you wish to schedule a driving evaluation, please call 410-601-5830.
In addition to the medical, physical, and cognitive needs of a brain injury survivor, The RETURN! Brain Injury Day Program offers support to both the client and family. This includes their emotional, psychosocial, vocational, and financial needs, as well as providing information regarding community resources.