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The Behavioural Intervention Response Team - Collaborative approach to managing severe behaviours in the long-term setting

Gail Scott
Program Coordinator
Geriatric Services Program, Mental Health Centre Penetanguishene

Stephanie MacKenzie  MSW, RSW
Social Worker
Behavioural Intervention Response Team, Mental Health Centre Penetanguishene

January 19th, 2010

Time: 11 - 12 noon
Cost: Free

Requirements: Computer with Internet Access and Telephone


Severe behaviours in cognitively impaired Long-Term Care (LTC) residents are persistent behaviours, with an identifiable pattern and a high degree of risk.

Funded by the Aging at Home Strategy, the Behavioural Intervention Response Team (BIRT) is a specialized psycho-geriatric response team which works collaboratively with LTC facilities to provide specialized care for residents with severe behaviours. The purpose of BIRT is three-fold:

  1. To provide an alternative to hospitalization for residents with severe behaviours.
  2. To work with the resident and staff to understand behavioural triggers and determine interventions.
  3. To help LTC facilities build capacity related to severe behaviours through education and ongoing testing of different interventions. 
The presentation will provide an overview of the service that BIRT provides to LTC facilities. Initial evaluation results will be shared, and case examples will provide a platform for understanding which residents should be referred to BIRT. The presentation will conclude with a discussion regarding the challenges of managing risk related to severe behaviours in LTC.

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