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New Perspectives - Mar, 2001 Issue #79 

Austin, Texas
Carol Freeman, Admissions

[New Perspective] 

The Brown Schools Rehabilitation Center (BSRC) offers inpatient, residential and outpatient programs for males and females from eight years old through adulthood, who have brain injury and/or neurobehavioral impairments. They specialize in acute, sub-acute, post-acute, medical and behavioral rehabilitation, impaired consciousness, patients with Parkinson’s Disease, ventilator/tracheotomy weaning, brain injury and addictive disorders, and community re-entry. They offer neurobehavioral programs for children, adolescents and adults, as well as a program for developmental/organic disorders. The Brown School Rehabilitation Center also accepts patients with any type of complicating factors or aggression, those who are involved with the legal system, those with brain injury and addictive disorders who have previously untreated chemical dependency issues, and those with multiple learning, behavioral and emotional problems. 

The Residential Treatment Center at BSRC offers a medically supervised behavior management program consisting of 24 hour/day, 7 day/week nursing care and a psychiatrist who specializes in behavior management and provides clinical leadership to the unit. The psychiatrist oversees the operation of the milieu and develops in concert with the treatment team, an individualized master treatment plan with subsequent updates that include behavior modification, group and family psychotherapy, psychiatric interventions, nursing supervision, special education, vocational services, recreational therapy, substance abuse counseling, experiential therapy, clinical dietary services, and pharmacological services. In addition, the psychiatrist provides comprehensive medication management, supervises the implementation of treatment goals, and meets with patients as appropriate to ensure that all patients receive all the services they need to benefit from treatment. 

The BSRC also has a “15-bed Developmentally Delayed Residential Treatment Center (RTC) that is a secure therapeutically planned group living and learning environment. This program specializes in the treatment of developmentally delayed adolescents presenting a combination of medical, behavioral, social and learning difficulties resulting in failure to adapt at home, school, community or another placement.” This program works with adolescents aged 12-17 whose IQ scores range from 50 to 70, and who need a structured environment with 24-nursing. They work with neuropsychiatric diagnoses such as brain injuries, Asperger Syndrome, Impulse Control Disorder, Psychotic disorders and Tourette Syndrome. A psychiatrist directs the clinical program, and works with the treatment team to develop and review each individualized master treatment plan. Staffing ratios provide, at minimum, one staff for every four patients. A fully accredited, on campus private school provides individualized educational programs that are complimented by vocational services. 

BSRC believes that each patient and family is uniquely different, each with their own set of strengths, needs, values, and preferences for treatment, as well as differing needs for communication, information, and education. Since each family member involved with the client reacts differently to his or her admission to the BSRC, the treatment team strives to be sensitive to their individual needs, while also encouraging the families, schools, and outside treatment providers to be involved in treatment and the planning process. The nurturing atmosphere, resource availability, and the fact that even the most challenging situations are not turned away, has been shown to be a comfort to those who are seeking care for their children. 

The Brown Schools Rehabilitation Center is accredited by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations, the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities, has a Long-Term Acute Care, designation by Medicare, and is licensed by the Texas Department of Health and Texas Department of Protective Regulatory Services. The school program is accredited by the Texas Education Agency and Southern Association of Secondary Schools and Colleges. Through these accreditations, The Brown Schools Rehabilitation Center is able to offer medical rehabilitation programs, medical inpatient and community re-entry brain injury programs, outpatient medical rehabilitation, vocational evaluations and residential treatment mental health programs. 

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