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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Brain Disorders, Community Mental Health Centers, Health, Health Care, Mental Health

Mission: To assist people with brain injury in reaching their highest level of independence through accessible services, family and caregiver support, community awareness and prevention of brain injuries.

Target demographics: people with brain injuries and other cognitive disorders and their loved ones

Direct beneficiaries per year: over 1,000 people

Geographic areas served: the Greater San Francisco Bay Area

Programs: Adult Cognitive Rehabilitation is a day-program designed for people who have left the hospital. It provides ongoing speech and occupational therapy and physical exercise (as tolerated) along with cognitive rehabilitation in a group setting. Clients can progress to independent living skills; vocational immersion; and receive job placement, job coaching and job retention services. SBI also focuses on brain-injury prevention programming for children, adults and teachers; case management services; and advocacy for healthcare coverage of long-term brain injury rehabilitation.

Community Stories

3 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Client Served

Rating: 5

As a surviver of a Tramatic Brain Injury, with a resulting with a "Glowscow Comma Scale" score of 4 (kind of severe), Kaiser's head trauma unit tought me how to chew my own food, how to talk (monosyllabically though it may have been at the time), and how to walk using parrelel bars.

From there (after going through Ca. Dept of Rehab.) I entered SBI, where they (thoses presently unknown to me (and I was quite interverted, afraid, and WANTING to "get well" but was timid on how to go about it). Those presently unknown enities quickly displayed hunane friendlyness, compassion, and empathy.

They helped me get to the point of (with a formal education of the 7th grade - but I read a lot) and being "Brain Damaged", to entering City College, socializing, and keeping relatively good grades.

Kuddos to SBI
Stan N.

Client Served

Rating: 5

After suffering a severe brain injury in a motorcycle accident I wasn't sure I'd ever be able to work again. Then I went through SBI's Personal, Vocational, and Social, Adjustment program. It simulated a real-time work environment where I learned how to interact with a group and to compensate for my deficiencies. Because of that I now work part time helping people with disabilities find and keep jobs. Without SBI I'm not sure where I'd be today. The staff is patient, empathetic and encouraging. They let you be who you are. They don't try to fix you, they help you develop strategies for dealing with a world that isn't designed for people with severe cognitive deficits.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I brought my husband to SBI at the point that insurance stopped paying to rehabilitate him from a severe brain injury and stroke. I discovered there is no where else in the Bay Area to get the kind of rehab that SBI offers. They provided my husband with programs for personal and social readjustment -- he was anti-social and difficult to interact with. Once he got past that, he went through SBI's vocational training. SBI also places their clients in jobs and provides coaches so clients stay employed. What a huge relief that there was someplace to take my husband for this kind of help. It wasn't a perfect recovery path for him but he is happy now and has a part-time job and is fully independent. I never would have thought that was possible and neither did his doctors. The staff at SBI is dedicated and very skilled. It is a unique facility that provides the most critical rehab which gets people get back to living their lives. I was impressed and very grateful.