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Multi-Occurring Conditions: Bringing Brain Injury To The Table

The human service system landscape is divided into silos, separating people into distinct and separate categories, when the reality is one person may belong in any number of “silos” and categorizing our service system downgrades the understanding a person as a whole person, therefore, downgrades the quality of service that a person can receive when our funding streams, training, and service providers have also specialized their services.

BREAKING DOWN SILOS: Increasing provider capacity to serve those with multi-occurring disorders

Increasing knowledge of various disability functions as they interact with each other, understanding a person’s needs individually, building support plans based on needs is just one place to start.

Brain Injury

Resources and Links from the Brain Injury Alliance of Iowa

Iowa DHS Brain Injury Training

Academy of Certified Brain Injury Specialist Training

Brain Injury Alliance of Iowa Support Page

*Includes handouts, Resource Directory, Archived Webinars, Concussion Packet information, Support group information, and more.

Intellectual Disability

BIAIA training: “When World’s Collide”

When Worlds Collide helps the participant understand the difference between serving persons with brain injury and serving persons with Intellectual or Developmental Disabilities. The training participant will be able to compare and contrast the perspectives, language, expectations and strategies for serving the two populations. They will be introduced to BIAIA’s Neuro-Resource Facilitation program and the supports available to individuals with brain injury, their families and service providers.

  • Distinguish the difference between individuals with Acquired Brain Injury and Intellectual Disabilities
  • Describe typical generalizations and assumptions
       o Rate of speech
       o Memory

Mental Health

“Teens and Brain Injury”

Teens and Brain Injury describes the incidence and prevalence of Acquired Brain Injury in teens and young adults. It covers the developmental issues of early Acquired Brain Injury and the evidence behind co-occurrences of mental health issues with this diagnosis. Evidence based practices for responses are introduced. Participants are also introduced to BIAIA’s Neuro-Resource Facilitation program and the supports available to individuals with brain injury, their families and service providers.

Evidence Based Guidelines for Cognitive Rehabilitation Adapted from Brain Injury Inter-disciplinary Special Interest Groups

Brain Injury and Mental Health Presentation
Incident and prevalence of brain injury, co-morbidity of psychiatric disorders with brain injury, factors that may adversely influence the mental health of a person with brain injury including: cognitive and motor disturbances, emotional disorders, increased impulsivity, depression, rigidity and hyperactivity. Screening.

Additional Resources

Psychiatric Disorders And TBI

Mental Health Issues Post ABI

Ohio Valley Center for Brain Injury Prevention and Rehabilitation

Substance Abuse

BIAIA has offered TBI and ETOH training, substance abuse and train injury training and collaborated with nationally known experts in the substance abuse field to present at conferences and webinars to increase understanding of brain injury and substance abuse issues.

Additional Resources

ABUSE Screening

The Problem of Substance Use and TBI

Ohio Valley Center for Brain Injury Prevention and Rehabilitation: Substance Use After TBI

BREAKING DOWN SILOS: See the individual person... See the individual need


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