A Community Rehabilitation Program (CRP) provides facilities for one or more vocational rehabilitation services for those individuals with disabilities. These programs aim to optimize the independence and functional ability of a person and enable the person to maximize their chances of employment. People can be referred to a Community Rehabilitation Program when they are either recovering from injuries, illness, surgery, or hospitalization, but can be referred from the hospital.

In Community Rehabilitation Program, clients get a short-term service that can last from six to eight weeks and the services will be tailored to meet the individual needs of the clients. This is made by making a care plan based on the needs that are negotiated between the client and the healthcare team.

Therapy is delivered in either an individual setting or a group setting. The clients can be visited in their own house or in a clinic depending on the needs and goals of the clients.


  • Client should be residing in the service area of low income clinics.
  • Should be medically stable.
  • Needs short-term sub acute rehabilitation, which may extend from six to eight weeks.
  • Should have rehabilitation goals
  • Has an activity or physical limitation after a recent acute event or deterioration of chronic disease condition.
  • Should be willing to co operate and participate in the program.
  • Should be adults over the age of eighteen years


  • Subacute Ambulatory Community Referral is necessary if you are referred from another hospital. In addition, an Allied Health Discharge Summary is needed for each discipline.


Usually, the Community Rehabilitation Program of clinics are made up of inter-disciplinary teams and the various members work together with the client to ensure that they offer a client centric care plan. There will be members from the disciplines like rehabilitation physician, speech pathology, physiotherapy, social work, occupational therapy, dietetics, allied health assistants, and neuropsychology in the team.

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    Dr. Ghassan M. Al-Jazayrly, MD

    A graduate of University of Aleppo Faculty of Medicine, Dr. Al-Jazayrly or, as he is colloquially known: Dr. AJ, is an oncologist and hematologist of a Complete Care Community Health Center (CCCHC) with more than 36 years of experience. In recent years, he’s been involved with a non profit organization known as Every Woman Counts (EWC) which provides free breast and cervical cancer screening and diagnostic services to California’s underserved populations in order to eliminate health disparities for low-income individuals.

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