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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.

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 and 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 biaia.org/resource-library

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