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School Based Rehabilitation Services (SBRS)

Coming January 2020 …..

Changes to School Based Rehabilitation Services (SBRS)

The current children’s rehabilitation service landscape in Ontario is complex, and in response to feedback received directly from families, changes continue to be made to improve the delivery of School Based Rehabilitation Services (SBRS) for physiotherapy, occupational therapy, and speech pathology, to children and youth in publicly funded schools.

Since January 1, 2019, Lansdowne Children’s Centre (LCC) has managed the SBRS program in Haldimand and Norfolk, and managed and provided the SBRS services in Brantford/Brant.

LCC has continued to work along with the 2 current CBI branches to provide the existing services in Haldimand and Norfolk and will continue to do so until December 31, 2019. As of January 2020, the SBRS services in Haldimand and Norfolk will no longer be provided by CBI, but will be provided by Lansdowne staff. LCC has been working closely with CBI to do everything we can to ensure students will not experience gaps or disruptions as a result of this transition.

Naturally, you may have some questions around next steps and resources available for your child and family. We will continue to keep you informed as we work together to implement improvements to family-centred and integrated services in Ontario.

Should you have questions, we encourage you to contact:

Susanne Williams, SBRS Intake Coordinator, at  or 519-753-3153 ext. 313, or

Jennifer Huxley, Service Director, at  at 519-753-3153 ext. 217.

What is SBRS?

School Based Rehabilitation Services [SBRS] include Occupational Therapy [OT], Physiotherapy [PT] and Speech Therapy [ST] for speech needs and is provided to school-aged children in their publicly-funded schools.

Who is eligible for SBRS?

Children attending publicly funded schools are eligible for OT and PT throughout their school career.  Exception – please click HERE for OT.  SBRS speech therapy can be initiated in SK and can continue until school exit.

What can I expect?

SBRS referrals must be initiated by schools and agreed upon by parents/guardians.  Once a referral is received, your child will be placed on a waitlist.  When your child’s name gets to the top of the list you will be contacted.  OT and PT services are provided on a consultative basis;  speech therapy is generally provided on a treatment basis.

As of January 1, 2020, Lansdowne Children’s Centre (LCC) will be the Contract manager and Service Provider for the delivery of School Based Rehabilitation Services (SBRS) in publicly-funded schools in Brantford/Brant, Haldimand and Norfolk regions.

Should you have questions we encourage you to contact our SBRS Intake Coordinator, Susanne Williams, at or 519-753-3153 ext 313