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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

Other Resources

The Brain Injury Alliance of New Jersey provides outreach, prevention, advocacy, and support services to individuals with brain injury and their families. BIANJ has developed a range of publications relevant to individuals with brain injury that are accessible on their web site. http://www.bianj.org/

Resources for Veterans with Traumatic Brain Injury


Useful Links

National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke http://www.ninds.nih.gov/disorders/tbi/tbi.htm

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

Useful Apps

DRNJ staff demonstrate some useful apps.

“PTSD Coach” - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UDP0CSRMcXo&feature=plcp
“Tap to Talk” - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1282NAt3QQg&feature=plcp
“Where Am I” - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GkLKPatQ1kM&feature=plcp

“Dial Safe Pro” - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oKYUqaIiW2o

TBI Tip of the Month

February's tip of the month is an online resource - TryMunity is a support-based network for individuals who have suffered from a brain injury, as well as their caregivers, medical professionals, and more. http://www.trymunity.com

TBI Tip of the Month – Archives

This tip is a 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

This tip from BrainLine is advice on aging after brain injury - http://www.brainline.org/content/2009/12/aging-after-brain-injury-brainline-talks-with-dr-steven-flanagan.html

This tip is a medication guide published by the Center for Neuro Skills - http://www.neuroskills.com/resources/pharmacology-guide.php

This tip from BrainLine is advice for parents if their child sustains a concussion - http://www.brainline.org/content/multimedia.php?id=9014

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

This tip comes from the Huffington Post...highlights how daily struggles experienced by brain injury survivors may be ignored or dismissed by those who don’t understand the complex range of “invisible” issues experienced by survivors. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/you-look-great-life-with-a-traumatic-brain-injury_us_5793a43ee4b0e339c23ee6ec

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.

New research which suggest individuals with TBI may experience excessive daytime sleepiness. http://www.cbsnews.com/news/traumatic-brain-injuries-linked-with-lasting-sleep-problems/

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 The Brain Injury Alliance of New Jersey (BIANJ) is affiliated with 17 support groups throughout NJ. http://bianj.org/support-groups/

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

From the Model Systems Knowledge Translation Center (MSKTC). The tip highlights different types of fatigue a person with a TBI may experience. http://www.msktc.org/tbi/factsheets/Fatigue-And-Traumatic-Brain-Injury

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