The comprehensive clinical program of the New York TBI Model System brings together into a coordinated effort all the elements of a ‘model’ response to TBI:
- NYC Emergency Medical Services: (1) ensure the safe removal of individuals with TBI from the site of injury, (2) provide immediate care appropriate to the injury and (3) ensure speedy transfer to a Level I trauma center.
- Immediate hospital care is provided at nine Level I and Level II trauma centers, where comprehensive medical care is provided by a wide variety of specialists, including surgeons, rehabilitation doctors, and a complete team of rehabilitation specialists.
- Inpatient medical rehabilitation services are provided at Mount Sinai Health System, where, specialized rehabilitation programs are tailored to the individual needs of the person, and typically includes individual physical, occupational, speech, and neuropsychological therapies. Group cognitive treatment is also provided, which was developed to meet the emerging needs of individuals as they recover from their injury. Support for family members is also made available.
- If needed, specialized services are provided in affiliated nursing homes, including Park Terrace Care Center. Rehabilitation is provided in a well-structured setting and is monitored by NY-TBI-MS physicians on a consulting basis.
- If needed, transitional living services are provided at Transitions of Long Island.
- Outpatient rehabilitation is provided at the Mount Sinai Rehabilitation Center, often initially within the Phase II or Bridge programs, which are highly structured day treatment programs designed to assist individuals with TBI to readjust to community living. Physical, occupational, speech, vocational and neuropsychological therapies are also provided. Long term outpatient rehabilitation and disability-related care is provided by NY-TBI-MS physicians.