Moss Rehabilitation Research Institute
Project Director: Tessa Hart
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Comprehensive rehabilitation: Comprehensive brain injury rehabilitation is begun in the 28-bed inpatient unit of MossRehab's Drucker Brain Injury Center. The JCAHO and CARF-accredited MossRehab has been recognized repeatedly, including in 2005, in the U.S. News and World Report survey of the best rehabilitation hospitals in the United States. The Brain Injury unit is staffed by dedicated TBI teams with an emphasis on early, intensive family training and achievement of functional, real-world goals. A small number of Moss TBIMS participants receive their rehabilitation care in the NeuroRehabilitation Unit and outpatient services of nearby Magee Rehabilitation Hospital, also a fully accredited hospital and another partner in the Jefferson Health System.
Post-Acute Services in Rehabilitation: Following discharge from comprehensive rehabilitation, patients receive Outpatient Physiatric Services, also a key site for further service referrals and for patients with TBI entering Moss' post-acute programs from other service systems. Many patients receive treatment through the Transitional Out-Patient Services (TOPS) program, which specializes in TBI care. Patients receive Physical, Occupational, Speech, and/ or Neuropsychology therapies as needed in a coordinated team approach. For patients who may be ready for return to work, school or other productive activity in the community, the TOPS program also offers comprehensive Community Re Entry services. These include job development and placement, coaching, and follow-along provided in collaboration with the PA and NJ Offices of Vocational Rehabilitation. For patients who are not yet ready for work or who need a completely new activity pattern, Clubhouse programs are available to provide socialization and skill building in the context of a "work-ordered day." The TOPS and Clubhouse programs provide services to hundreds of patients per year at two sites, Philadelphia and Woodbury, New Jersey. On the Woodbury campus, the 12-bed Moss Residence meets the housing and transitional living needs of Clubhouse attendees. At the Philadelphia site, Moss operates an award-winning Affirmative Business called the Nifty Café, a food service organization that provides both volunteer and paid work experience to persons with TBI working alongside non-disabled employees. MossRehab's TBIMS maintains close collaborative ties with other rehabilitation facilities in the region as well as the Brain Injury Association of Pennsylvania, other consumer/ advocacy organizations, and the HRSA-funded TBI Implementation Grant activities of the Pennsylvania Department of Health. These collaborations have resulted in large-scale consumer education and outreach programs, such as the Power of Change-After Brain Injury conference in Philadelphia that drew more than 250 attendees in Fall, 2004, and the Pennsylvania State Summit on Brain Injury planned for Fall, 2005.