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Brain Injury Association of Michigan, Inc.

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Causes: Brain Disorders, Counseling, Health, Mental Health

Mission: The mission of the Brain Injury Association of Michigan (BIAMI) is to enhance the lives of those affected by brain injury through education, advocacy, research, and local support groups; and to reduce the incidence of brain injury through prevention.  The Brain Injury Association of Michigan''s vision is to be recognized as a strong, viable, voluntary health agency providing leadership on traumatic and acquired brain injury through a broad range of services, and supporting research on brain injury treatment.

Target demographics: adults and children with brain injuries athletes, parents and coaches veterans with brain injuries family and friends of people with brain injuries professionals who work with people with brain injuries

Geographic areas served: Michigan

Programs: The Brain Injury Association of Michigan's Annual Conference, held each fall is the largest brain injury conference in the North America, serving over 1,000 people each day.  The Annual Conference offers leading experts from around the globe, offering state-of-the-art information about brain injury treatment, therapies, latest research findings and best-practice techniques. Additionally for professionals, the Annual Conference is the place to meet and network with professionals working in all disciplines related to brain injury. Moreover, for families and people with brain injuries, the Annual Conference is an opportunity to meet with others facing similar issues and to meet potential service providers.  The Brain Injury Certification program has produced the largest number of certified brain injury specialists in the nation.  The Sexuality & Relationship Seminars is cutting edge and addresses a private issue with dignity and respect.   

Community Stories

26 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Client Served

Rating: 1

I was in an auto accident in 2008. based upon my experience, T.B.I. is now "Big Business". B.I.A.M.I. may claim to be a non profit. Take a look at the yearly conference and big parties. HUGE MONEY!!
Those of us afflicted with T.B.I.'s suffer in silence. We are herded like cattle to the B.I.A.M.I. team of T.B.I "experts" . Our needs are denied and they profit greatly by extending our suffering. Those afflicted with a T.B.I.
need support as our vulnerabilities are used for financial gain by unscrupulous "T.B.I. support thugs". B.I.A.M.I is for big business. We NEED a B.I.A.M.I for support for persons with this affliction!

Client Served

Rating: 4

This organization has help more opportunities to be informed about the issues that Soldiers are facing. The Events really helped me relate and talk to other Soldiers from different conflicts and to enjoy myself at the same time. I love the charters and the pheasant hunts, to me it helped relieve some of my stress and helped me to relax. This is important from being deployed a couple of time to Iraq.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The people that work there are outstanding. It is good to see such integrity still exists. I highly recommend donating your time, services, or money to such a worthy cause.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Brain Injury Association of Michigan host many events throughout the year which gives Veterans the opportunity to bond and talk to others who experience similar situations. This experience was not only a boost to my motivation, it really helped with the healing process of those invisible wounds.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I suffered a TBI as a result of a motorcycle accident in 1999. I struggled for years. Had I not found BIA and started attending the north Oakland county meetings, my life would not be what it is today. The information provided is extremely helpful. I learned about TTI and started receiving treatment, medication, therapy, and attending group sessions. Thank you BIA!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I would like to share the many positive things that our done by the Brain Injury Assoc. of Michigan. I have been with the association for 10 years as a caregiver for a survivor plus in leadership for a local chapter. In the ten years that I have dealt with the main office and the national office, I have been very impressed with their committment that each and very one of them put forth. You will never be able to please everyone, especially people who have trouble with TBI's, caregivers and family members that are also going through rough times. There is not an organization in this world that doesn't have overhead costs to run them. I have dealt with several over my life time and can tell you that BIAMI does a marvelous job using their funds. As for all that politicial stuff that others complain about, you don't really understand the importance of making sure the world realizes what a TBI is and the seriousness of needing help for those people. In Michigan, if we lose No-Fault Car Insurance everyone will suffer, so its extremely important that you have someone fighting for it daily. BIAMI needs to be congradulated for lobbying for it, daily.
If it hadn't been for BIAMI, we would not have come this far. We had never heard of traumatic brain injuries and will never be able to thank them enough for all the detailed literature and vast amounts of materials that our made available.
If you feel that enough is not being done, then get involved and help the rest of us, who try daily to make other people lives better.

Jon V.

Client Served

Rating: 1

I have to agree with what others have written about this organization focusing more on throwing parties, raising money and politics/lobbying. I tried contacting them directly through various means and was ignored almost every time. When they finally did respond their response was completely meaningless and demonstrated they really had no idea about TBI's.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I want to publicly express my deepest gratitude to the BIA of Michigan. While I've been fortunate to work on behalf of the association for the past 8 years, it was one month ago - July 17 - when my son sustained a TBI in a jetski collision up north that I came to appreciate the full extent of resources, counsel and ong...oing support it provides. Not gonna blather on about it - our story is but one of literally millions of TBI stories out there across the country. I just want to say "thank you" for everything you've done.

1 darkhorseski

Donor

Rating: 1

After joining and donating, I also became an early member on the Facebook page. After researching and asking questions I realized that the organization did not really have anybody tracking or relating current research. The paltry amount they actually spent on research sent no money in a direction that would actually help resolve current TBI victims. Further questioning, no matter how polite, instead resulted in the typical treatment given to whistleblowers which was immediate censorship once it became clear that they could not address the problems nor make the facts fit what they were stating and promising. From the 2009 annual report, they show overhead costs being over 50% (most of that being personnel costs).

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I returned hone from Iraq in October of 2007. Upon returning I started getting really bad headaches. I first went to the Ann Arbor VA, they kept telling me that I just had post concussive syndrome and the only treatment I would receive from them was medicine. I became frustrated and felt that the VA was missing something. During that time period I went to the "Tips-Up for the troops" fishing tournament which was set up by the BIAMI. While at the tournament I was able to briefly talk with Rick Briggs and he became very intterested in my situation. The next week he contacted me and asked if there was anything he could do to help me, I explained the situation to him and within two weeks he had gotten me into see one of the best neurologists in the state of Michigan. The neurologist diagnosed me with TBI and I began getting physical therapy and this has helped me tremendously. To this day I still receive e-mails from Rick asking how I am doing. I am very thankful that Rick and the BIAMI reached out and helped me like they have to many other troops.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The Brain Injury Association of Michigan stands out as a state-based advocacy organization. In our national work on behalf of persons with a traumatic brain injury including civilians and service members of all ages through the TBI-Resource Optimization Center (TBI-ROC) the Association has been consistently knowledgeable about TBI challenges for the State of Michigan and nationally. Its support on behalf of returning service members from the Iraq and Afghanistan Wars is outstanding. We have also used the Association in helping us develop the Brain Injury Navigator (BIN) - a web based tool to help individuals who have a TBI, family members and caregivers understand TBI, provide service location information across the rehabilitation continuum and have information on evidence-based services. KUDOS to all of the Association's staff, especially Michael Dabbs (Executive Director) and Rick Brigg (Manager, Veterans Programs).

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

My Nephew Christopher was injured in Iraq and sustained head injuries and brain damage. Since returning home he has had many issues which have strained his family. He lives with his parents and cannot be entirely left for fear of regression. A program entitled "Tight Lines for Troops,a fishing adventure to be held in Manistee Michigan,is just a start for Chris to begin to realize he is not alone. That someone really cares about him and others who have given of themselves and that they are not forgotten. It doesn't take much to say "Thanks" and the "Brain Association Of Michigan,Inc. is doing just that. I wish Chris and othere like him are given every opportunity to adjust physically and mentally and that they are appreciated for the price they payed for us all.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

As a Disabled Veteran, I have benefited from the generosity of BIAMI and their partners. I have in turn shared how this organization continues to help our Veteran Brothers and Sisters who have sustained unseen but real injuries while in the service to our great nation. BIAMI offers great programs for the Veteran and I am anxious to participate with them in the future.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

BIAMI and Safari Club International (SCI)-Lansing Area Chapter hosted two Veterans' Pheasant Hunts this year. These events are an outstanding way to say "Thanks" to some very derserving Veterans. I participated in the northern hunt, which took place at the Muy Grande Ranch and Resort. Between events, MAJ(R) Rick Briggs took the time to explain us what BIAMI was and what signs to look for in people that may have Brain Injuries. Several Soldiers told of their experiences and how it helps to be involved in organizations like BIAMI.

5

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I was invited to a fishing tournament for disabled vets. I have been every year since the first one started in 2007. The people are great.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

BIAMI has gone above and beyond for injured veterans! They have included me on a therapeutic trip as well as recommended a strong advocate for me to contact with regards to my benefits.

5

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Rick got me involved with getting soldiers and veterans educated about TBI 3 years ago when I started doing PTSD awareness at reintegration's with the Michigan National Guard. I have spoken at a BIA event, been to the Kinzington bass fishing tournament,and am looking forward to Tight Lines. I have seen many soldiers and families helped by Rick and this organization. It is a first class orginization. I discovered I had a TBI through this program. Donald Behm Viet Nam infantry 68-69

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

This organization, and Rick Briggs has a true passion to spread the word to the public concerning brain injury. Because of Rick's efforts and the events he promotes to help both veteran's and the public with brain injuries, life has been made better for these deserving souls.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have known Rick Briggs with this group for several years and had him to speak at my Ministerial Association as well as the Interfaith Health and Hope Coalition and he did a wonderful job not only for vets with brain injuries but for all people with brain injuries. Some of the churches in the Minsterial have also had him speak, as has mine.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I was both a volunteer and a client after OIF 06-08. They help so many people, not just veterans, that it's amazing to me the amount of heart and other good willed people who donate time, money, and resources to help others especially in the Michigan economy. BIAMI and their veterans program helped connect young and old vets, as well as network with the various other great organizations who help vets. Every event is great and family oriented. I only wish there were more people and donations that could help them expand their reach.