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TBI (Traumatic Brain Injury)

The Division of MH/DD/SAS is lead agency
for TBI in North Carolina

The North Carolina TBI Program has been awarded a 4-year grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services focusing on integrated care.

Consumers with TBI can find more information about resources on our consumer page.

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 Learn more about TBI by taking our online course.

Only LMEs May Request State Traumatic Brain Injury Funds
(All providers must work through their LMEs)

LME Application for Individuals (Word) 14-15
LME Application for Entities (Word) 14-15

There is a designated TBI contact at every LME.

Traumatic Brain Injury Toolkit

Often people served in the public mental health, developmental disabilities and substance abuse system have experienced one or more traumatic brain injuries (TBI). The presence of a TBI may affect the person’s ability to make the best use of treatment and supports. The service system needs to be TBI-informed. Service providers need to be able to apply strategies aimed at helping a person with a TBI benefit from treatment and supports.

Resources are available to help managers and providers of services and supports for people with a TBI. Some are listed here.

  1. NC Division of Mental Health, Developmental Disabilities, and Substance Abuse Disorders Traumatic Brain Injury Program -
    The NC DMH/DD/SAS is the lead agency for TBI in North Carolina. Its mission is to support a comprehensive system of community neurobehavioral services for people with TBI.  The Division works with LME/MCOs to serve and support people with a TBI.  
    The Division provides a free online course for service providers in North Carolina public service agencies, including: Local Management Entities (LMEs), vocational rehabilitation or independent living offices, educators, case managers, substance abuse or mental health professionals, social security or social services professionals, advocacy or support agencies, or anyone else who serves people with brain injury. This training can be accessed at:
  2. Brain Injury Association of North Carolina -
    The Brain Injury Association of North Carolina (BIANC) is a non-profit organization that advocates on behalf of individuals with brain injury and their families and supports professionals working with people with a TBI. BIANC currently has Family and Community Support Centers in Raleigh, Charlotte, Greenville, Asheville, and a volunteer resource center in High Point. BIANC also offers a toll-free Family Helpline, resource centers, training, and over 30 support groups, which meet in many communities across the state. For more information, call the Brain Injury Association of North Carolina at 800-377-1464.
  3. North Carolina Assistive Technology Program (NCATP)
    NCATP is a state/federally funded program providing assistive technology services to residents of NC.  Services include device demo/loan, information and referral, and funding resources for assistive technology devices and services.  Offices are located across the state and NCATP serves all 100 counties.  Visit the NCATP website or contact 919-850-2787 for more information or the closest center to you.
  4. Brainline.Org -
    BrainLine is a national multimedia project offering information and resources about preventing, treating people with a TBI, and living with TBI. BrainLine includes a series of webcasts, an electronic newsletter, and an extensive outreach campaign in partnership with national organizations concerned about traumatic brain injury. BrainLine serves anyone whose life has been affected by TBI. That includes people with brain injury, their families, and professionals in the field, and anyone else in a position to help prevent or ameliorate the toll of TBI.
  5. Brain Injury Association of America -
    The mission of the Brain Injury Association of America (BIAA) is to advance brain injury prevention, research, treatment and education and to improve the quality of life for all people affected by brain injury. On this website you will find a number of resources, including information about brain injury, living with TBI, diagnosis information, treatment, resources, children and TBI, mild brain injury, resources for family & caregivers, and brain injury FAQ’s.  
  6. Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center (DVBIC) -
    DVBIC’s mission is to ensure expert care coordination and individualized, evidence-based treatment to each servicemember in order to maximize function and decrease or eliminate TBI-related disability. DVBIC's website offers Traumatic Brain Injury information and educational resources for servicemembers, veterans, families, friends, and the medical community.
  7. HELPS Brain Injury Screening Tool (with accompanying instructions)
    This screening tool contains five questions anyone can use to screen for the existence of a possible traumatic brain injury. BIANC is available to orient people to the use of the screen.


What's Happening in the Division's TBI Program?

  • Contracting for:
    • Volunteer Ombudsmen: The Brain Injury Association of NC to support volunteer ombudsmen in each of its four Brain Injury Resource Offices.
    • TBI, Mental Health and Substance Abuse: TBI Project STAR to educate mental health and substance abuse professionals about TBI.
    • Lifetime Connections: First In Families of North Carolina's Lifetime Connections program to help individuals with TBI create personal support networks and participate in the process of future planning.
  • Ongoing contact with LMEs: Monthly calls with the TBI representatives in local management entities.
  • Division Awarded 4-Year State Partnership Grants with the Health Resources and Services Administration, since 2009.
  • TBI Residential Programs: Helping to support 9 programs throughout the state.
  • TBI Day Programs: Helping to support 3 programs throughout the state.

NC Information Resources

Other Resources

Brain Injury Advisory Council

The Council was mandated by the NC General Assembly in 2003 to review the definition of brain injury and the issues involved in expanding the definition of brain injury to include acquired brain injury rather than just traumatic brain injury. It is also following up on mandates to study the needs of people with TBI and their families, to make recommendations regarding the planning, development and implementation of a comprehensive system of services and to promote and implement injury prevention strategies. The Council helped direct the process for a formal needs and resource assessment in 2008. The Council developed a Call to Action paper for key legislative members making recommendations based on information gathered from a variety of sources. Licensure of facilities serving people with TBI is now another area of interest of the Council.

Since its inception, the Council has called on groups to work together on behalf of TBI issues. Its task forces have been working to review the continuum of services, to explore the possible use of trust funds for TBI and to support the need for a neurobehavioral unit in the service system. It works with DMH/DD/SAS to address these issues via the State TBI Plan.

Read updates to original statute.

Meeting Minutes

Jan White, TBI Coordinator

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