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Traumatic Brain Injury Resources

Definitions and Causes

Brain injury refers to an injury in which an insult to the brain causes damage to the brain. Brain injuries are often described as either traumatic or acquired based on the cause of the injury.

Traumatic brain injury (TBI) is an insult to the brain which is caused by an external physical force. Traumatic brain injuries occur during everyday activities, including: falls, motor vehicle crashes, assaults, and sports injuries, including concussions.

Acquired brain injury (ABI) is an injury to the brain caused by some medical conditions, including strokes, encephalitis, aneurysms, anoxia (lack of oxygen), metabolic disorders, meningitis, or brain tumors.

According to the Brain Injury Association of America, a brain injury can result in “an impairment of cognitive abilities or physical functioning. It can also result in the disturbance of behavioral or emotional functioning.”

Government Services and Resources

There are a number of government programs and services available to individuals with a brain injury in New Jersey. These services include Social Security programs - Medicare, Medicaid, and Medicaid Managed Long Term Services and Supports.

The Brain Injury Alliance of New Jersey has developed a resource guide explaining programs and services available in New Jersey for individuals with brain injury. http://bianj.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/10/NJ-BIRG-2015-5-7-15-FINAL1.pdf

The Brain Injury Alliance of New Jersey has a separate publication explaining the different types of Medicaid available in New Jersey. http://bianj.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/10/Medicaid-in-New-Jersey.pdf

The Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) Fund is one source of government funding available to eligible individuals with traumatic brain injury in New Jersey. Individuals who are determined eligible for the TBI Fund may receive a range of approved services and supports, including case management services. For more information on the eligibility and application process for Fund services please contact:

Phone: 888-285-3036 (press 2) or Fax: 609-292-1233

Resources for Veterans with Traumatic Brain Injury

Useful Links

The Brain Injury Alliance of New Jersey provides outreach, prevention, advocacy, and support services to individuals with brain injury and their families. http://www.bianj.org/

National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke https://www.ninds.nih.gov/Disorders/All-Disorders/Traumatic-Brain-Injury-Information-Page

National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (Spanish) http://espanol.ninds.nih.gov/trastornos

The National Resource Center for Traumatic Brain Injury http://www.tbinrc.com

Brainline.org http://www.brainline.org

Brain Injury Family Resources Blog http://www.braininjuryfamily.net

Living with Brain Injury http://www.biausa.org/living-with-brain-injury.htm

Traumatic Brain Injury http://www.tbi.org/

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


Tips, Articles and Other News

Short video by a survivor of severe traumatic brain injury and what he learned in the five years following his injury. http://adventuresinbraininjury.com/five-year-anniversary/#prettyPhoto

Advice on aging after brain injury - http://www.brainline.org/content/2009/12/aging-after-brain-injury-brainline-talks-with-dr-steven-flanagan.html

Medication guide published by the Center for Neuro Skills - http://www.neuroskills.com/resources/pharmacology-guide.php

Advice for parents if their child sustains a concussion - http://www.brainline.org/content/multimedia.php?id=9014

Report of an experimental treatment conducted at the University of California to “jump-start” the brain of a man recovering from a coma.

The Veterans Health Administration's “Smart Home” technology enabling veterans with traumatic brain injury to complete tasks in their homes more independently. http://www.va.gov/HEALTH/NewsFeatures/2016/May/A-Smart-Home-for-Veterans-with-Brain-Injuries.asp

Big news in the world of TBI research! A 3-year research initiative evaluating potential benefits of stem cell treatment for individuals with traumatic brain injuries.

An article written by a brain injury survivor discussing her experience of attending a support group. http://www.brainline.org/content/2011/08/a-brain-injury-support-group-could-be-one-of-the-best-things-that-ever-happens-to-you.html

From the Model Systems Knowledge Translation Center, and is a summary of what happens to the brain during an injury and in the early stages of recovery. http://www.msktc.org/tbi/factsheets/Understanding-TBI/What-Happens-During-Injury-And-In-Early-Stages-Of-Recovery

The article from brainline.org explains that it is never too late to begin rehabilitation following a brain injury, as improvements can continue to occur even years after the injury. http://www.brainline.org/content/2014/06/it-is-never-too-late-to-get-rehabilitation-for-brain-.html

An interview on NPR's Diane Rehm show, and discusses new treatments for concussions based on recent brain research. http://thedianerehmshow.org/shows/2015-06-04/new-treatments-for-concussions

A tip from the Model Systems Knowledge Translation Center, and highlights the emotional problems a person with a TBI may experience. The article discusses useful strategies and interventions that may help reduce symptoms. http://www.msktc.org/tbi/factsheets/Emotional-Problems-After-Traumatic-Brain-Injury


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