CHIRS is a registered not-for-profit charitable organization primarily funded by the Central Local Health Integration Network and the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care. CHIRS has earned the highest award from Accreditation Canada - Accredited with Exemplary Status 2021-2025. To earn this award, the agency is assessed against national acquired brain injury (ABI) service standards set by Accreditation Canada in collaboration with the health care community and related stakeholders.
CHIRS, formerly known as Ashby House, started in 1978 as the first community-based brain injury rehabilitation program in North America. From its origins as a transitional group home, CHIRS has evolved into a multi-service agency that provides a broad range of supports to a clientele with diverse and complex needs.
CHIRS' services are designed to form the basis of a comprehensive model of
service delivery. Residential services offer supported living opportunities that
range from access to 24-hour supervision to supported independent living. Ashby
Community Support Services (ACSS) provides support to those individuals who are
able to live more independently or are being supported by family and others in
the community with a myriad of services and support. A broad range of clinical
programs are offered particularly for those with behavioural, addictions and
mental health issues in addition to having a brain injury. Through CHIRS Adult
Day Services, which is comprised of an adult day program (CHIRS Club) and
community programs, CHIRS is able to provide productive and meaningful
activities for all participants throughout the community and at our drop-in
CHIRS exists to improve the quality of life for persons living with the effects of acquired brain injury. To be leading-edge in the provision of evidence-based community and client-centred services in the field of Acquired Brian Injury.
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