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. 

Acquired brain injuries (ABIs) 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. Brain Injuries are not hereditary or degenerative. Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) are 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. Non-traumatic brain injuries are caused by an internal condition, such as lack of oxygen, an infection, or strokes.

Need information or support following a brain injury?  The Iowa Department of Public Health contracts with the Brain Injury Alliance of Iowa to provide a free service called NeuroResource Facilitation to provide education, support and advocacy for individuals who need assistance related to brain injury. 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/

Advisory Council on Brain Injury Seeks Applications for Appointed Members

Each year, the Governor appoints members to the Advisory Council on Brain Injuries.  These individuals are typically appointed to a 2 year term, beginning in July.  Members include individuals who have had a brain injury, their family members, and professionals in the field.  Individuals who identify as male, live in rural Iowa, or have had experience with homelessness, incarceration, intimate partner violence or behavioral health conditions (such as substance use disorder or mental health conditions) are strongly encouraged to apply.

Interested individuals are invited to participate in a session via Zoom to learn more about the Council and how to apply. 

Email brain.injury@idph.iowa.gov to request a calendar invitation with Zoom meeting link, or join directly at the designated date and time by using this link https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81775147028?pwd=SDBUYXljaG9XWHRYSEl0dE0wR284Zz09 or by calling (312) 626-6799  Meeting ID: 817 7514 7028 Passcode: 255356

More information about the Council can be found at https://idph.iowa.gov/brain-injuries/advisory-council-on-brain-injuries

Image on purple background with Council logo and graphic art of a group of people.  Image says Learn more about serving on the Advisory Council on Brain Injuries. Join us for a Q&A session May 6, 2022 at 11:30 AM or May 9, 2022 at 5:00PM. Email brain.injury@idph.iowa.gov to request a calendar invite with meeting link.


Screening Tools for Lifetime History of Brain Injury Now Available on Your Life Iowa

Iowa's brain injury screening tools are now available online for providers who wish to screen clients for lifetime history of brain injury! Using a password-protected, fillable format found at Your Life Iowa (YLI), results are instantly emailed to the screener.  To register an account, email brain.injury@idph.iowa.gov.

The adult and pediatric screening tools continues to be available by 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.



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