Referral Guidelines

Referrals are considered on an individual basis. Each inpatient referral is evaluated onsite by an admitting nurse. Additionally, Hospital for Special Care will evaluate patients with the dual diagnosis of spinal cord injury and brain injury. Tours are available upon request.

Admitting Criteria

(must meet all criteria below)

  • Traumatic brain injury within six months of onset
  • RLA III injury within three months of onset
  • Nontraumatic brain injury, anoxia, hemorrhage, etc. within three months of onset
  • Shows continuous functional gains
  • At least 15 years of age
  • Medically stable
  • Requires a combination of at least two therapies between physical, occupational or speech therapy
  • Safe discharge plan is in place
  • Funding source identified

Discharge Criteria

(meet any one of the following criteria)

  • Rehabilitation goals have been met
  • Patient progress has plateaued
  • Patient has an acute medical or psychological condition requiring a different level of care
  • Patient is noncompliant with program

Discharge Plans

Discharge plans, initiated during the pre-admissions process, or first visits in outpatient, may include a combination of settings such as:

  • Outpatient therapy
  • Home services
  • If necessary, a sub-acute level of care
  • Vocational rehabilitation
  • Substance abuse programs
  • Support groups

Hospital for Special Care's ABI Program offers an interdisciplinary approach, and assists in the coordination of community resources, mental health support, chemical-dependency counseling and family support.

For more information about the ABI Program, please call the Admitting Office at 860.827.4715 or toll-free at 800.220.7723.