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Brain Injury Alliance of Colorado

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Causes: Brain Disorders, Health

Mission: The Brain Injury Alliance of Colorado is the go-to resource for help and services for survivors of an injury to the brain, their families and providers. Vision That all persons with a brain injury thrive in their community. Mission Through guidance, resources, support and education, we seek to facilitate lifelong growth of Coloradans affected by an injury to the brain.

Programs: Brain injury professional networks - these networks are groups of providers, all involved in the brain injury world who meet on a regular basis for networking, education and to undertake various projects for the benefit of the survivor community. Colorado brain injury program adult services - biac is the single entry point for the colorado brain injury program (cbip). Biac helps clients with the application process for the program. Biac approves the application for this program that offers statewide case management services to adults who have sustained a tbi. Colorado youth brain injury connections - a part of the colorado brain injury program, biac provides state-wide intake and referral of youths in the community with any type of brain injury to receive care coordination and education consultation. Biac works closely with the colorado department of education as well as school districts and schools to help the child and family to thrive in the education system post-injury. Workshops- several workshops designed for survivors of a brain injury and their family members/caregivers are held throughout the state. The workshops are very affordable and feature topics that survivors and caregivers can use at home. Community outreach & education - biac staff give presentations, exhibits, and seminars throughout colorado to many different community groups depending on their specific needs. Staff attend and exhibit at conferences and meetings in order to increase awareness of brain injury in the community and to share information on local resources. Emergency utility bill assistance - biac is able to help survivors of a brain injury and families facing life changes after brain injury with their heating and electricity bills if they have fallen behind in payments. Resource facilitation pathways program - "the pathways program makes life easier for a survivor and their family by providing them with the confidence and peace of mind that biac will be checking in with them at regular intervals to provide support. Calls are scheduled for every 6 months for a period of 2 years. If a need comes up or a survivor or family member just wants to talk between scheduled calls, biac staff is available and able to help. Public policy - biac engages in state and federal legislative advocacy to encourage policies that improve the lives of survivors of a brain injury. Biac also works towards the establishment of an organized system of care, which includes appropriate services and benefits for persons with brain injury. Online resource directory - extensive and up to date database of brain injury related providers available for public access on our website. This is the most comprehensive resource directory on colorado based brain injury providers in the state. Support groups - over 70 state-wide support groups meet on a regular basis for understanding more about brain injury, learning about resources in your community, emotional healing, socialization, an opportunity to be understood and to express oneself and exploring common needs and strengths.

conferences - annual conference that features some of the most well-known brain injury experts in the us. Presentations are cutting-edge and feature up to date research and treatment protocols.

recreation programs - survivors of a brain injury are given the opportunity to participate in one-day or multi-day outdoor programs. The summer activities include rafting, rock climbing, a ropes course and cycling. In the winter participants ski, snowboard, ice fish, dog sled and snow shoe. There is a strong social aspect of all the recreation programs. Music and art therapy classes - we offer art therapy classes as well as music therapy classes. The art therapy classes use a series of projects to explore and stimulate discussion around changes to self-image following a brain injury. Music therapy classes are led by a board certified music therapist who uses live music to engage group participants in exercises to address social, emotional, cognitive, and speech goals.

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