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How can I locate brain injury supports and resources in my state?

How can I locate brain injury supports and resources in my state?

Locating brain injury resources can be challenging, and oftentimes a person is not entirely sure what type of professional can help or how to find a professional that truly understands brain injury. The steps below should help you in locating appropriate resources.

  1. Know your needs, and create a list of said needs in order of priority. When contacting an agency, refer to this list in order to keep the call focused on getting the information that can help you.
  2. Use your local Brain Injury Association as a resource. They will have information about brain injury resources in your state, as well as available support groups.
  3. Seek information from local brain injury rehabilitation providers and programs. If they do not provide a service that will help you, they will likely have information about other professionals/clinicians in the community that understand brain injury.
  4. Search CARF Providers in your area. CARF is an organization that accredits a range of rehabilitation programs. Visit their website, select your state and the Program Focus Area of Brain Injury Specialty Program to identify accredited programs.
  5. Check the registry of local professional organizations and associations, such as the National Academy of Neuropsychology, American Academy of Clinical Neuropsychology, American Board of Pediatric Neuropsychology, or the American Academy of Neurology.
  6. Most states offer an Information and Referral Agency for questions related to housing supports, utility assistance, and other supports. You can identify the number in your state here.
  7. Contact the National Brain Injury Information Center (NBIIC) at 1- 800-444-6443.

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