TBI (Traumatic Brain Injury) for Providers
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.
TBI Program Services
- 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.
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.