Welcome to Mind Forward Brain Injury Services

Mind Forward Brain Injury Services (previously Peel Halton Dufferin Acquired Brain Injury Services) is a non-profit charitable organization, completely funded by the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care (MOH & LTC), the Mississauga Halton Local Health Integration Network (LHIN) and Central West LHIN to provide community based rehabilitation and life-long support for adults whose lives have been touched by acquired brain injury.

Since incorporating in 1992, Mind Forward has been committed to offering services to all individuals touched by brain injury (including clients, family members and caregivers) based on an assessment of the individual’s needs and through a team approach to service planning and goal-setting. The client and significant others are welcomed as members of the program planning process, along with our staff and other experts.

Andrea Paszti - new Chief Executive Officer

Mind Forward Brain Injury Services Announces Appointment of new Chief Executive Officer

The Board of Directors of Mind Forward Brain Injury Services (Mind Forward) is pleased to announce the appointment of Andrea Paszti as Mind Forward’s next Chief Executive Officer (CEO).
Andrea comes to Mind Forward with over 20 years of working in developmental services and health services, paired with deep knowledge of clinical services.
Andrea holds a Master of Applied Disability Studies; Applied Behaviour Analysis (MADS) from Brock University and a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from Southwest University. In addition, Andrea is a Board Certified Behaviour Analyst (BCBA).
The Board wishes to recognize CEO Keitha McNeil for her outstanding leadership and commitment to Mind Forward, its staff and clients. We thank Keitha for her many contributions to the acquired brain injury sector for the past 28 years, and wish her all the best!!!
Andrea will join Mind Forward in her new role on March 27, 2023. Keitha and Andrea will spend a few weeks in April working together to ensure a smooth transition.

OTF Grant Helps Mind Forward

OTF Grant Helps Mind Forward Eliminate Barriers to Rehabilitative Programs

Mississauga, ON – In May 2021, Mind Forward Brain Injury Services Ontario received a $148,100 Resilient Communities Fund grant from the Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF). This grant is helping Mind Forward address difficulties that individuals with acquired brain injuries (ABI) and their families face when accessing rehabilitative services during the pandemic.


Day Program Reopening - UPDATE Mar 4 2023

Since re-opening our in-person Day Program in November 2021, our team is proud to share that we have successfully maintained a safe and healthy environment for our clients to engage in social activities with their peers.  Thank you to everyone for doing their part by following all safeguards put in place to reduce the spread of COVID-19.

We are happy to share that effective April 1st, 2023 we will be entering the third phase of our Day Program re-opening plan.  This will include the following changes to our current guidelines:

1. Suspension of daily RAT (Rapid Antigen) testing for all clients upon arrival to Day Program
While we are no longer administering rapid tests, we will continue to screen clients who arrive at head office to attend groups.  This will include temperature checks and asking if you have any symptoms or risks associated with COVID-19.  We strongly encourage anyone who is experiencing symptoms to stay home.  Our virtual programs are offered daily if you are unable to make it in person.

2. Return of Drop-In (limited days/times)
In April, we will be returning our drop-in program on limited time and days.  Beginning on April 6, 2023, drop-in will be open on Thursdays between 10:00 and 3:30 only.  All clients who arrive for drop-in will be required to sign in and be screened by a staff member.

Until further notice, the following safety measures will remain in place:

  1. Use of agency-provided disposable masks (available at sign-in desk)
  2. Reduced capacity of all in-person groups
  3. Social distancing
  4. Cleaning/sanitizing of day program spaces between groups

We will continue to monitor and consider all potential risks and will follow guidance from Infection Prevention and Control Canada (IPAC) and Public Health when implementing changes to our protocols. 

We appreciate your cooperation and look forward to seeing you soon!

Mind Forward Day Services Team

Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Committee

In November 2020, the Mind Forward Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Committee met for the first time to begin a journey like no other. The committee is a dedicated group of individuals with commitment to change. Since November, the committee has been very busy at establishing the foundation to the Agency’s equity, diversity and inclusion work. A few highlights:

  • The committee has established a mission: “To facilitate the development of an inclusive and anti-racist culture and practice at Mind Forward and will be responsible for developing the EDI Action Plan”
  • Created values and guiding principles: “Equity, Inclusion, Diversity, Collaboration, Transparency, Education, Reflection and Awareness”
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This month represents Brain Injury Awareness. Every year, Mind Forward celebrates survivors who are encouraged to share their life stories through art, discussion, and/or social media. With the support of Headwaters Acquired Brain Injury Group (HABI), and Mind Forward, these masks were submitted to Ontario Brain Injury Association (OBIA). Read more…

Programs & Services


Mind Forward Brain Injury Services offers a variety of community based programs across the MH and CW LHINs.
Our Seniors program includes provision of specialized staffing resources embedded within long-term care facilities to maintain placement for individuals whose behaviors may place them at risk.
The Supported Independent Living (SIL) program supports individuals who do not require the same level of support offered in ABI specialized assisted living or LTC; however are unable to live independently without putting their safety at risk. Our team provides ongoing in-home and community support which includes functional skills assessment and training.
We also offer three adult Day Programs in Mississauga, Orangeville and Oakville where clients have the opportunity to participate in a variety of groups and special events ranging from social and recreational activities, exercise and fitness, functional skill-building groups and daily drop-in hours.
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Mind Forward Brain Injury Services provides assisted living beds with 24 hour/ 7 days a week staff support in Oakville, Mississauga and Brampton. Mind Forward Brain Injury Services supports five residential environments. These sites are designed to support a range of individuals, from highly structured living environments to long-term supported living. All residential placements are based on assessed need and focus on maintaining independent living skills and social recreational engagement in the residence and in the community.

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Mind Forward Brain Injury Services offers a broad range of Clinical Services, including Psychological assessment and treatment (with access to a Psychologist on staff and a second consulting Psychologist), Neuro-Psychiatry consultation for medication management, access to a Registered Social Worker, behavioural consultation, family/caregiver counselling and support, and client counselling.

Mind Forward Brain Injury Services is also an approved Ontario Telehealth Network (OTN) hub to increase access to Clinical Services and community agencies.

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General Information

Mind Forward Brain Injury Services provides a comprehensive range of supports individuals (16+) who have either sustained an acquired brain injury or caregivers/ family members requiring access to counselling for coping strategies, peer support, and education. We provide service to residents in the regions of Peel, Halton and Dufferin, through our LHIN and Ministry funding.

Mind Forward Brain Injury Services offers a variety of services for clients and family members, both in community or at one of our locations.

Mind Forward Brain Injury Services was fully accredited in July 2017 by the Canadian Centre for Accreditation (CCA) with particular regard to innovation and excellence noted in “Creating a Safe Environment”, “Creating a Healthy Workplace”, “Assessment (Tools)”, “Client Centred Approach”, and “Community Responsiveness”..

Funding for Mind Forward Brain Injury Services is provided, in part, by the Mississauga Halton Local Health Integration Network, the Central West Local Health Integration Network and the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care.

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