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.

Provide Feedback on the New State Plan for Brain Injury

The Advisory Council on Brain Injuries is currently drafting the next State Plan for Brain Injury and would like your input! 

After reading the State Plan summary document, there are two ways to participate:

1.  Complete the on-line survey at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/6G69RDN. Survey closes at 4pm on Friday, March 26.


2.  Update: The listening sessions have concluded,  however if you would like to set up a time to talk to one of the Brain Injury Program staff, please email brain.injury@idph.iowa.gov or call 515-281-8465 during regular business hours (8-4:30 M-F) 

If you need any reasonable or language accommodations for the summary document, survey or listening sessions, please send your request to brain.injury@idph.iowa.gov

State Plan summary document  PDF

Listening sessions flyer PDF

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March is Brain Injury Awareness Month

Join us in promoting brain injury awareness this month!  It is estimated that approximately 95,000 Iowans live with a long-term disability related to brain injury.  Often called the "silent epidemic" because the effects of brain injury are often invisible to an unknown observer and because public awareness of brain injury is extremely low despite the large number of people who are injured each year.  You can help raise awareness by sharing information about brain injury.  The Brain Injury Program and Prevention Task Force of the Advisory Council on Brain Injuries created resources for individuals to use, including zoom backgrounds, a facebook profile frame, and are promoting the use of the hashtag #BrainInjuryAwarenessIA and #BrainInjuryMonthIA.

Brain Injury Proclamation

Governor Reynolds officially proclaimed March as Brain Injury Awareness Month on March 22, 2021.

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2021 Brain Injury Month Proclamation  PDF


Brain Injury Awareness Resources

  • The Iowa Department of Public Health will promote Brain Injury Awareness Month by posting messages on the Department's Facebook page and Twitter feed. We encourage our partners and community advocates to share/retweet or to post their own messages, along with the hashtags #BrainInjuryAwarenessIA #BrainInjuryMonthIA.
  • Toolkit: Working together promoting March Brain Injury Awareness Month (credit: NASHIA) 
  • Zoom background are available for download by clicking on the image below that you wish to download.

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Administration for Community Living Hosts "TBI Tuesdays"

The Administration for Community Living (ACL) will hold weekly "Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) Tuesdays", a series of webinars in observance of Brain Injury Awareness Month. In lieu of the ACL’s annual in-person TBI Stakeholder Day, ACL is hosting virtual TBI Tuesdays from 1:00pm - 4 pm (ET) during the months of March and April. Each TBI Tuesday session will be live-captioned and ASL-interpreted. If you require additional accommodations to participate or if you have any questions about the sessions, please do not hesitate to contact tbitarc@hsri.org.  Sessions are open to the public.

  • March 16, 2021, 12:00 - 3:00 pm  Sustainable Partnerships: Forging Relationships that Last. Register for the session.
  • March 23, 2021, 12:00 - 3:00 pm  Return to Learn: Equal Access to Education for Students with Brain Injury. Register for the session.
  • March 30, 2021, 12:00 - 3:00 pm Justice for All: Serving Individuals with Brain Injury Across the Justice System. Register for the session.
  • April 6, 2021, 12:00 - 3:00 pm  Maximizing the Effectiveness of Advisory Boards Through Full Participation. Register for the session.


Annual Brain Injury Needs Assessment Currently Underway

The Brain Injury Alliance of Iowa (BIA-IA), through a contract with the Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) and in partnership with the Advisory Council on Brain Injuries (ACBI), conducts an annual needs assessment.  The needs assessment is an opportunity for individuals with brain injury, their families, caregivers, and other professionals providing support to share their experiences, challenges and suggestions for how services and supports in both the public and private sectors could be improved to better meet the needs of individuals in Iowa with brain injury. Your input is extremely valuable as it helps to shape the recommendations of the ACBI's State Plan on Brain Injuries and the work of the IDPH Brain Injury Services Program and BIA-IA.

Participate in the 2021 Needs Assessment at the following link: https://survey.alchemer.com/s3/6213949/b6fe0f18af91

Screening Tools for Lifetime History of Brain Injury Now Available

The IDPH Brain Injury Program, in partnership with the Advisory Council on Brain Injuries, have made brain injury screening tools available to assist organizing supporting individuals at high risk for brain injury.  As part of a project funded by the Administration for Community Living's Traumatic Brain Injury State Partnership Program (TBI SPP) grant, two screening tools, one for adults (ages 13 and older) and one for pediatrics were modified for use in Iowa.   The adult tool has been translated into a variety of languages and both are available for download at https://idph.iowa.gov/brain-injuries/TBI-Implementation-Grant. Questions regarding implementing the screening tools can be sent to brain.injury@idph.iowa.gov or by calling Jim Pender at 515-204-7978.


Get Schooled on Concussions! Introducing the Teacher Acute Concussion Tool (TACT)

Concussions can cause learning and (sometimes) emotional/behavioral problems.  The good news is that the majority of concussions heal within 1 to 4 weeks, especially with quick and nimble supports from school.  To help support teachers learn the stratetgies to support students at they return to the classroom following a concussion, the Iowa Departments of Education and Public Health have partnered to provide a statewide subscription to the Get Schooled on Concussions' Teacher Acute Concussion Tool (TACT).  This resource is available at no cost to educators working in public or private schools across Iowa. 

Contact brain.injury@idph.iowa.gov to learn how your school can get started!

Learn more about TACT

TACT promotional postcard PDF

Why get schooled on concussions? PDF  Explaination of concussion management using Multi-Teir System of Support (MTSS) 

Need information and support during COVID-19?

Individuals with a disability resulting from a brain injury, their caregivers and loved ones, and professionals in the field have access to information and support throughout the year from the Brain Injury Alliance of Iowa's resource facilitation program.  This program is available Monday - Friday 8am - 4:30pm. 

Call 855-444-6443 or email info@biaia.org to speak with a resource facilitator.

For the latest information regarding COVID-19:


If you or somebody you know have had a brain injury and are in need of support, please contact the Brain Injury Alliance of Iowa to speak with a resource facilitator at 855-444-6443 or email info@biaia.org.




Need information or support following a brain injury?  The Brain Injury Alliance of Iowa is the Department of Public Health's contract partner for NeuroResource Facilitation.  You can talk to one of their staff by calling 855-444-6443 or by emailing info@biaia.org.


Additional information about brain injury can be found at https://biaia.org/resource-library/

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