All people with disabilities have the right to self-determination, equal access, dignity and respect. The Department of Rehabilitation Medicine has defined its Mission as follows:
- To be a center for excellence in the delivery of coordinated and comprehensive rehabilitation services for all individuals with disabilities in order to promote each individual’s potential for participation in all areas of community life.
- To educate the patient, family, staff and faculty of The Mount Sinai Health System (MSMC), other professionals and the public about the needs of people with disabilities and their optimal care in order to improve standards and increase the availability of services and opportunities for equal participation in community life.
- To provide a leadership role within the MSMC and the network of community-based providers of services to the disabled population regarding the development and delivery of a continuum of services, which provide the optimal level of care required in a fiscally responsible manner.
- To measure the outcome of treatments provided and patient satisfaction with those treatments as a means to continuously improve the quality of services provided.
- To conduct research and disseminate information in order to: advance the knowledge and the skills of rehabilitation professionals; reduce physical disability; improve existing and develop new rehabilitation treatment methods; and enhance the quality of community life for all people with disabilities.
- To provide a stable, enabling working environment conducive to individual creativity, growth and development.