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BIAA - Maine Chapter

60 Western Avenue, Suite 3, Box 221
Augusta, ME 04330

Info Line: 800-444-6443
Toll-Free: 800-444-6443
Phone: 703-761-0750
Fax: 703-761-0755

E-mail: BIAA-MaineDivision@biausa.org

Website: http://www.biausa.org/maine

For information on brain injury dial 1-800-444-6443.

Download presentations from the 5th Annual Conference on Defining Moments in Brain Injury on October 21, 2014 in Portland, Maine:

Building Community for Brain Injury Survivors

Co-existing Use Disorders & Cognitive Impairment

Compassion Fatigue: The Cost of Caring

Finding One's Voice

Homeopathy for Head Injuries

Laughing While Learning

Protecting Brain Injury Victims by Training Law Enforcement

Reinventing Oneself – A Defining Moment In Brain Injury

Using Tablets and Apps as Assistive Technologies


Resources

AMVETS

AMVETS and Disabled American Veterans (DAV) offers information, counseling and claims service to all honorably discharged veterans and their dependents concerning disability compensation, hospitalization, rehabilitation, pension, education, employment, and other benefits.     

Brain Injury Clubhouse

A Clubhouse encourages community re-entry, rebuilding of social relationships and skill training to return to productive activity. A clubhouse is a community center that is managed by the members of the clubhouse, with minimal assistance from professional staff. It offers a safe environment where people work collaboratively to reach their individual goals.

Brain Injury Support Groups

Brain injury support groups can be a valuable source of information, emotional support, encouragement and social activities for people who have sustained a brain injury as well as family members and other caregivers.

Brain Injury Trust Fund

Brain injury trust funds established by state governments are intended to create funding to help people with brain injury and their families. If a brain injury trust fund is available in a state, funds may be used to pay for case management, assistive technology, home modifications, transportation, respite short term therapies, and other services depending upon the rules in a given state. State funding for a brain injury trust fund may come from a surcharge on speeding or other motor vehicle violations and through other means.  

Client Assistance Program

The Client Assistance Program (CAP) can provide information and support to individuals who have questions or complaints about Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) services in their state. The CAP program can explain the rights and responsibilities of people receiving services from VR, can mediate disputes between clients and VR, and can advise or assist in filing formal complaints or appeals of VR decisions.

Independent Living Center

Independent Living Centers are non-residential, private, non-profit, consumer-controlled, community-based organizations providing services and advocacy by and for persons with all types of disabilities. Each ILC offers independent living skills training, peer counseling, and information about services that can assist a person live as independently as possible in the community.

Medicaid Office

Medicaid provides basic health care for people who have a disability, limited income, or receive certain other government benefits. Medicaid offices offer information on who is eligible and how to apply for Medicaid. In some states, a Medicaid home and community-based services waiver (HCBS) exists, which helps people with brain injury who prefer to get long-term care services and supports in their home or community instead of an institutional setting like a nursing home.

Parent Training and Information Center

Parent Training and Information Centers help parents of children with disabilities, including brain injury, understand their rights and obtain appropriate services for their children within the school system. Services can include peer to peer support and assistance, advocacy for services, parent or school training, and referral to available community resources.

Protection and Advocacy

The Protection and Advocacy office works with people with disabilities, including brain injury, to ensure access to appropriate supports and services which can include educational programs, financial entitlements, healthcare, accessible housing, transportation, and employment opportunities. It also works to prevent the abuse, neglect and inappropriate placement of people with disabilities. 

Social Security Office

The Social Security Administration manages two benefit programs for people with disabilities. Supplemental Security Income (SSI) provides monthly income to people with limited income and work history as a result of a disability. Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) provides disability payments for workers who have contributed to Social Security and become disabled or blind before reaching retirement age and cannot work.


State Insurance Department

State Insurance Departments are state agencies that ensure insurance companies obey all state insurance laws and regulations. They can offer information about insurance laws in the state, and assist consumers in resolving complaints or concerns with insurance companies.

State Insurance Marketplace

The Health Insurance Marketplace website allows a person to provide some information about household size and income to find what insurance options are available for private insurance plans.  The Marketplace will also offer information about coverage available through Medicaid, Medicare or other state or federal programs.

Victims of Crime Compensation Board

Crime victim compensation programs across the country offer crucial financial assistance to victims of violent crimes. This government program is designed to pay for some of the costs that can result from being the victim of a violent crime. This can include payments for some medical expenses, counseling costs, lost wages or burial expenses. 

Vocational Rehabilitation

A federal/state program designed to assist people with a disability to return to gainful employment.  Individualized services can include assessment, evaluation, career counseling, counseling, job training and job support.

Independent Living Center
Alpha One Maine
State Brain Injury Program
Brain Injury Maine
Client Assistance Program
CARES, Inc. Maine
State Insurance Department
Maine Bureau of Insurance
Protection and Advocacy
Maine Disability Rights Center
Parent Training and Information Center
Maine Parent Federation
Brain Injury Support Groups
Maine: Brewer Rehab and Living Support Group
Brain Injury Support Groups
Maine: New England Rehabilitation Hospital
Brain Injury Support Groups
Maine: Waterville Brain Injury Support Group
Brain Injury Support Groups
Maine: Westside NeuroRehab Services

 
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