Brain Injury Services Program

The Brain Injury Services Program works to improve the lives of Iowans living with brain injuries by linking those individuals and their families to needed information, services, and supports as well as training service providers and other professionals on how to best work with people who have sustained a brain injury. 

Brain injuries are typically classified as either "acquired" or "traumatic".  Acquired brain injuries describe all types of brain injuries, which can be caused by conditions such as trauma to the brain, strokes, infections, poisoning or toxic exposures, or lack of oxygen to the brain.  Traumatic brain injuries can be caused by an external force such as hitting your head during a fall or car crash, from a collision with an object or another person during activities such as participating in sports or when assaulted.  Concussions are a type of traumatic brain injury. Brain Injuries not hereditary, congenital, degenerative, or caused by birth trauma.

2018-2021 State Plan for Brain Injury

On March 16, 2018, the Advisory Council on Brain Injuries approved the 2018-2021 State Plan for Brain Injury.  The state plan provides guidance for the design and implementation of brain injury related policy and programs in Iowa. 

2018-2021 State Plan for Brain Injury  PDF

Interested in becoming involved? Meeting information is available by clicking on the "Advisory Council on Brain Injuries" tab in the upper left corner of this page or by contacting Maggie Ferguson at 515-281-8465 or brain.injuries@idph.iowa.gov

Important Links

  • Brain Injury Alliance of Iowa (BIA-IA) provides a free, confidential service, called Neuro-Resource Facilitation, to any Iowan impacted by brain injury to choose, obtain, and keep needed services and supports.  Call 1-855-444-6443 or email info@biaia.org for more information.
  • Iowa Association of Community Providers (IACP) provides training and consultations to organizations supporting people with brain injury.  Call (515) 720-1454 to speak to their Training Director to learn more about in-house training opportunities.
  • Iowa's home and community based services brain injury training modules are available online.  This course, or an approved equivalent, is required for HCBS/BI waiver service provision.
  • 2013-2017 Iowa's State Plan for Brain Injuries.  Developed by the Iowa Governor's Council on Brain Injuries, this document provides recommendations for the future direction of brain injury service systems.
  • Brainline.org is a national online source for brain injury information.
  • CDC HEADS UP on Concussion is a national online source for information and training on concussion.
  • Iowa COMPASS is Iowa's free statewide information and referral service for people with disabilities, their families, service providers, and others.
  • Living Well Iowa promotes health and wellness information and activities for Iowans with disabilities
  • Disability Rights Iowa is Iowa's protection and advocacy agency which aims to defend and promote human and legal rights of Iowas with disabilities.


For more information contact the Brain Injury Program Manager, at (515) 281-8465