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PATBI Program

What is PATBI?

The Protection and Advocacy for Individuals with Traumatic Brain Injury (PATBI) Program is a federally funded program established under the Traumatic Brain Injury Act of 1996, and its reauthorization under the Children’s Health Act of 2000.

PATBI Services

The PATBI program offers the following services to individuals with traumatic brain injuries and their families:

  • information, referral and advice;

  • individual and family advocacy;

  • legal representation; and

  • support and assistance in self-advocacy.

In addition to providing assistance to individuals with TBI and their family members, PATBI staff are available for speaking engagements, in-service presentations, workshops and seminars on a wide variety of issues related to TBI for people with TBI and their families, health care or service providers, community organizations or advocacy groups. The PATBI program is especially interested in ensuring that communities of color and underserved urban and rural populations have access to services.

Who is Eligible for PATBI Services?

You should contact the PATBI program if:

  • You need education, training or technical assistance about TBI and available services.

  • You need information or referrals related to services and assistance that may be available to individuals with TBI and their families.

  • You need individual or family advocacy or legal representation to eliminate barriers and increase access to comprehensive, coordinated programs and services.

  • You need information about how to promote and support self-advocacy efforts of people with TBI and their families.

The PATBI program also pursues system advocacy to identify and address deficiencies in those systems that provide services to individuals with TBI and their families.

For more detailed information about brain injury, including funding sources, services, resources, and useful links, please visit our TBI Page.

Useful Apps

Life-Changing Apps for People with Brain Injury https://www.brainline.org/article/life-changing-apps-people-brain-injury

12 Free Military Apps for Managing Life with Brain Injury https://www.brainline.org/article/12-free-military-apps-managing-life-brain-injury

Traumatic Brain Injury Resources

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