Our Program

The Center for Brain Injury Recovery at Kennedy Krieger serves children and adolescents needing intensive rehabilitation as a result of a neurological injury or illness. The program offers a coordinated continuum of care that allows patients to be seen through all phases of their treatment, including:

  • 24-hour inpatient programs
  • day treatment
  • home/community-based services
  • outpatient specialty programs

Specialists from multiple disciplines work together to evaluate, diagnose, and create individualized treatment plans to guide patients and families through all stages of care.

Our Goal:

The goal of admission to any of the brain injury programs is to help prepare the patient and family for a successful return to home, school, and community life.

CARF Accreditation

The Center for Brain Injury Recovery, established in 1979, was the first Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF), accredited pediatric brain injury program in Maryland and continues to receive CARF certification today. In order to receive this prestigious accreditation, an organization must pass an in-depth review and meet rigorous guidelines for service and quality--a qualified endorsement that our program conforms to internationally recognized service standards and is focused on delivering the most favorable results for each person it serves.

Who We Serve

We provide inpatient and outpatient care for children and adolescents through the age of 21 for a range of diagnoses, including:

  • Anoxic brain injury
  • Seizure disorders
  • Brain tumors
  • Stroke
  • Encephalitis
  • Traumatic brain injury


Patients who participate in our programs have demonstrated substantial improvement across a range of measures.

Inpatient Rehabilitation Program:

  • Patients admitted to the Inpatient Brain Injury Program stay an average of 42 days.
  • Kennedy Krieger discharges more patients with brain injuries to community settings, typically back home (89 percent), compared to similar facilities (83 percent) and the national benchmark (88 percent).
  • The Pediatric Brain Injury Program uses the Functional Independence Measure for Children (WeeFIM), a national pediatric rehabilitation functional outcome scale, as well as specific scales developed at Kennedy Krieger to evaluate other aspects of functional improvement. Overall, patients in our inpatient Pediatric Brain Injury Program make excellent functional gains as measured by the WeeFIM and continue to make progress as reported at three-month and one-year follow-ups.

    Gains on the WeeFIM are similar or better in comparison to other facilities and the national benchmark.

  • In FY 2011, 90 percent of patients met or exceeded goals set at their admission.
  • 100 percent of those surveyed three months after discharge were satisfied with their rehabilitation outcomes and would recommend Kennedy Krieger for rehabilitation.

Outpatient Programs:

Specialized Transition Program (STP)

  • Patients with brain injury stayed an average of 67 days in the STP program and made excellent functional gains WeeFIM (11 points).
  • 100 percent of families surveyed were satisfied overall with the STP program.

Community Rehabilitation Program (CR)

  • Patients with brain injury received visits through the CR program over an average of 200 days and made excellent functional gains on the WeeFIM (12.6 points).
  • 100 percent of families surveyed were satisfied overall with the CR program and would recommend the program to others.

The data above is from the fiscal year July 1, 2010 – June 30, 2011.

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