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Frequently Asked Questions

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (FAQ)

What is SABIS?

The Southern Alberta Brain Injury Society (SABIS) is a non-profit registered charity dedicated to helping adults with acquired or traumatic brain injuries obtain supports and services they need to live as independently as possible in the community.

What services does SABIS provide?

SABIS provides non-medical services to SABIS clients and their families. SABIS does not provide services such as physiotherapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy, counselling, or medical assessments. Services SABIS commonly provides include but are not limited to:

  • Assistance applying for programs such as AISH, CPP-D, Calgary Transit Access, and Fair Entry.
  • Weekly 90-minute peer support groups. SABIS does not offer day programs.
  • Six-week companion support groups.
  • Interagency referrals.
  • Assistance finding and accessing appropriate resources.

What are the eligibility requirements?

  • 18 years of age or older.
  • Live within the Calgary region as defined by the Alberta Brain Injury Network. This area encompasses the area surrounding Calgary including Crossfield, Hussar, Claresholm, and Banff.
  • Do not receive services funded by Persons with Developmental Disabilities (PDD).
  • Canadian Citizen or Permanent Resident.
  • Can provide medical documentation supporting an acquired/traumatic brain injury. Examples of accepted documents include hospital discharge summary, neuropsychological exam, or rehabilitation reports. In the event these documents are not available, we will accept a note from a family physician. SABIS does not request medical documentation on behalf of clients and any fees associated with obtaining documentation are the responsibility of the client.
  • SABIS is unable to accept clients with degenerative conditions such as Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementia.

What is the referral process?

SABIS services are available on a self-referral and professional referral basis. Applications and medical documentation can be submitted through our online form, by fax, in person, or by mail. Applicants will be contacted to discuss their application once their application and medical documentation has been received. If SABIS is an appropriate resource, an intake interview will be scheduled.

When should I refer/apply?

Referrals and applications can be submitted at any time. An intake interview will not be scheduled until the applicant has been discharged from hospital.

Are there any fees associated with SABIS services?

SABIS does not charge for services accessed by clients or their families.

Memberships are available for those who wish to attend and vote at the SABIS Annual General Meeting. Memberships are not a requirement to be a SABIS client. More information regarding memberships can be found by visiting our membership page.

Who can I contact for further information?

For further information, please refer to our contact information.