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The Commonwealth of Virginia is committed to improving the treatment and care of Virginians with traumatic brain injury and spinal cord injuries. Through the establishment of the Commonwealth Neurotrauma Initiative (CNI) Trust Fund, administered by a governor-appointed Advisory Board, funds are available to Virginia-based organizations, institutions and researchers to address the needs of people with acquired neurotrauma. The Advisory Board disburses CNI funds through a grant application process for research proposals and innovative community-based rehabilitation programs.

A Study on Accessing Crisis Intervention Services After Brain Injury

Rehabilitation Psychology

In 2009, Virginia's Commonwealth Neurotrauma Initiative (CNI) Trust Fund Advisory Board awarded a three-year grant to Crossroads to Brain Injury Recovery (CBIR), a state-funded contractor of brain injury services, to study access to crisis and behavior stabilization services for individuals with brain within a targeted geographic (largely rural) area. The "Putting Our Heads Together for Brain Injury" study identified barriers to accessing appropriate and timely crisis intervention and related services, and provided recommendations to better serve people with brain injury in need of behavior and crisis support services. CBIR and its project partner, James Madison University, submitted an article that was recently approved for publication in the peer-reviewed journal Rehabilitation Psychology.

Title of Article: "Accessing Crisis Intervention Services After Brain Injury: A Mixed Methods Study"
Authors: Meixner, C., O’Donoghue, C., and Witt, M.
Journal: Rehabilitation Psychology, Nov. 2013, Vol. 58, No. 4, pages 377-385

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Brain Injury Services, Inc. Celebrates 10th Anniversary of Child and Adolescent Case Management

Brain Injury Services, Inc. celebrates the 10th anniversary of its Case Management Program for Children and Adolescents. According to Teresa Hammond, whose son benefited recently from the nonprofit organization’s services, "If it weren’t for Brooke [a case manager at Brain Injury Services, Inc.] none of this would have been possible. My son wouldn't be home with his family and he wouldn't be going to school for the first time in his life. Brooke said she'd stand by me and we'd do this together, and we did.” Brooke Annessa is one of BIS INC's talented and dedicated case managers who works with Program Director, Betsy Zeigler.

Brain injury is the most frequent cause of disability and death among children in the United States. More than one million children sustain brain injuries every year and approximately 165,000 require hospitalization. “BIS INC recognized early on that a specialized pediatric case management program was a needed addition to our adult services, which had been offered since the organization opened its doors in 1989,” states Karen Brown, Executive Director. After searching for funding for years to develop the program, BIS INC was awarded a Commonwealth Neurotrauma Initiative (CNI) Fund grant in 2001 to establish the first community-based case management program for children and adolescents in Northern Virginia. In 2004, BIS INC was successful in obtaining state funding to continue the program on a permanent basis. BIS INC also receives private and corporate donations to support child and adolescent services.
“It was critical to hire the right staff to implement this innovative program. We are thankful for an extraordinary staff of dedicated professionals and community supporters that have contributed to our success,” said Betsy Zeigler, the program’s director. According to Zeigler, "Families definitely appreciate having a case manager to travel with them along this difficult journey. Our program has empowered parents to feel more confident in raising their child or adolescent who has sustained a brain injury, as well as strengthened the ability of schools and community programs to serve childhood survivors. With a small staff and very limited resources, we feel we have really made a difference!"

In the last 10 years, the program’s services have expanded to include prevention and advocacy, family support, education for professionals in identifying children and youth with brain injury, as well as training of staff/teachers in appropriate interventions and supports. The creation of long-term community partnerships with schools, medical professionals, hospitals, trauma centers, rehabilitation centers and other relevant organizations serving children occurred in the first year of this grant and continues today.

Brain Injury Services, formerly Head Injury Services Partnership, was established in 1989 as the result of family advocates who requested that the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors commission a study on the need for services. The report, Community Based Long Term Services for Head Injured Adults, was completed in November 1988 and recommended that a model system be developed to meet the unique and specific needs of individuals who had experienced a brain injury. In addition, the Department of Rehabilitative Services (DRS) was recommended - and later identified through legislation - as the lead agency to coordinate services for Virginians with brain injury.

Since its inception, the organization has been recognized numerous times for its services, including establishing Virginia’s first specialized case management system for people with brain injury, a supported living program, day programs, and a unique volunteer program. In 2009, BIS received the 20th Anniversary “Years of Excellence” Award from the Civil Justice Foundation. In 2012, BIS INC will offer an innovative community-based neurobehavioral program for individuals with brain injury and mental health issues with a grant from the Potomac Health Foundation.

For more information on BIS INC, please visit braininjurysvcs.org or call (703) 451-8881. Information on the Commonwealth Neurotrauma Initiative Trust Fund is available at vacni.org or by contacting Wanda.Allen@dars.virginia.gov

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