The Hamilton Neuro-Immune Treatment Centre of Excellence (HNITC) provides high quality, resident-centered care to meet the diverse needs of children and youth suffering with neuro-immune dysfunction, a phenotype of a medical disease process that presents as a collection of symptoms manifesting in children who are labelled with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), anxiety disorders, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome/Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (CFS/ME) and Chronic Fatigue Immune Dysfunction Syndrome (CFIDS). Our clinical program provides a continuum of care that includes assessment (required prior to admission), inpatient residential care, medical treatment, rehabilitative therapy, day hospital services, health, stress and nutrition counselling, as well as continued out-patient medical care, family support, consultation, and specialty services. We are divided into specialty clinics which provide clinical care, education and research. Our program offers consultations, time-limited treatment, follow-up support services, education and services for families.
The HNITC will provide 24-hour care and supervision for children and youth affected by neuro-immune dysfunctions. The private rooms at HNITC are assigned according to the individual needs of our residents and the availability of beds. Wherever possible, treatment plans will reflect resident preferences, needs, hopes and cultural beliefs. We believe in respect and fairness. We will strive to be sensitive to issues of diversity regarding race, culture, ethnicity, gender, age, ability, religion and sexual orientation. HNITC is working to become fully affiliated with the local medical and education institutes in Hamilton and will carry out co-operative education and research programs. Many health care students may be involved in our residents’ care.
The Queen St. S. site will house a 6-bed Inpatient Unit, an Intake/Assessment/Medical Treatment room, Recreation & Therapy Facilities (includes a gym, music therapy, a pool and therapeutic playground), a Health & Nutrition Centre (includes the kitchen, dining hall, organic vegetable gardens and a green-house), a Clinical Research & Development Facility, a Library, an Information and Education Centre and a Training Facility (which includes meeting and training rooms, videoconferencing and media facilities), a Lecture Theatre and a Family Centre.
We are committed to revolutionizing the global public and professional understanding of neuro-immune dysfunctions and ensuring our residents are given every opportunity to lead healthy and fulfilling lives through the delivery of specialized therapy and medical treatment aimed at the underlying medical disorder (best described at this time as complex immune, complex viral).
We aim to provide inspiration and practical support for families, schools and others to achieve a transformation in their children’s quality of life through the creation of an ideal environment and relationship with them (including recognition that these “phenotypes” are really children who possess much more potential and much higher abilities than they have previously been led to believe).
The Hamilton Neuro-Immune Treatment Centre will be an organization unlike any other. We will be a world-class facility and a global leader in the assessment and treatment of complex immune and complex viral pediatric conditions, which present as “phenotypes” of ASD, ADHD, OCD, anxiety disorders, CFS/ME and CFIDS and many more neurological disorders that are currently affecting a large number of children and adults on a global scale.
The Hamilton Neuro-Immune Treatment Centre will be a one-stop assessment, treatment, therapy and education centre for affected individuals and their families. We will be the first establishment of its kind to offer the opportunity for children and youth affected by neuro-immune dysfunctions to receive medical treatment that will alleviate the debilitating symptoms associated with these conditions and improve physical and mental health, thereby enabling these individuals to achieve “optimal outcomes” and enjoy a better quality of life.
We will accelerate the integration of recent clinical and research findings to facilitate the employment of new (and possibly some older) immune-modulating therapies in the treatment of ASD, ADD/ADHD, CFS/CFIDS and many more phenotypes. We believe that we can restore health to these children by helping to “regulate” or “normalize” the immune system. Through our unique acceleration of clinical knowledge and academic research, there is the ability to recognize and treat this disease process while these children are still young and while there is still time to effectively help their cognitive and physical development. The outcome of our efforts is real recovery.
The Hamilton Neuro-Immune Treatment Centre will also challenge the current clinical system that places primacy on a diagnostic assessment for the commencement of treatment by offering an alternative clinical pathway – the identification and provision of treatment to children at risk of neuro-immune dysfunctions. By revolutionizing the current treatment delivery system, we will transform lives in a profound way.