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Brain Injury Alliance of New Jersey

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Causes: Brain Disorders, Employment Preparation & Procurement, Health, Human Services, Job Training

Mission: The Brain Injury Alliance of New Jersey is dedicated to providing education, outreach, prevention, advacacy and support services to all persons affected by brain injury and to the general public.

Programs: Tbi fund - provides public information and prevention education about brain injury. Public information is provided through many avenues including: the promotion of the tbi fund; outreach and training for people with brain injuries, families, and allied health professionals; a resource library available on-line; websites and electronic newsletter (enews). Prevention education efforts are aimed at different age groups, and include targeted campaigns for youth ages 0-13, adolescents and seniors. Awareness and prevention campaigns include: transportation safety (including teen safe driving, distracted driving, wheeled sports and helmet safety), sports concussion; senior citizens and falls.

prevention initiatives include: 1) a multimedia transportation safety awareness campaign funded by the nj division of highway traffic safety and 2) a concussion prevention program funded by the partners for health (pfh) foundation. The transportation safety initiative is aimed at increasing safety on the roads through presentations and websites, and includes an intensive teen driving safety effort. The concussion in youth sports campaign is focused on municipalities in the pfh catchment area. Related websites are www. Brainybunch. Info, aimed at children; www. Ugotbrains. Com aimed at youthful drivers; www. Njteendriving. Com aimed at parents of youthful drivers; njdrivereducation. Com and www. Sportsconcussion. Com aimed at young athletes, parents, and the general public.

family support - provides care coordination services to families of individuals with brain injuries living at home. Services include systems advocacy, service brokering, network development, resource exploration, and emotional support. This program serves up to 200 families throughout new jersey.

the following is a description of the other programs offered by the alliance:community services is a multifaceted program that provides:1) support services to 1,000 individuals through 20 county based support groups,2) information and resources through a toll-free helpline responding to 2,000 requests per year,3) education through a statewide seminar, electronic newsletters (enews) and websites,4) advocacy through informing the brain injury community and public policymakers about important issues and through chic, a group of self-advocates. Trek is a weeklong summer residential program that provides independence and socialization opportunities for 40 adults with brain injury and a week of respite for their caregivers. Motorcycle safety program is funded by the nj division of highway traffic safety. The program is aimed at developing and implementing a share the road with motorcycles awareness message targeted to the general public.

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