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Brain Injury Alliance of Colorado

The Brain Injury Alliance of Colorado is the go-to resource for help and services for survivors of an injury to the brain, their families, and providers.

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Peer Mentorship

Class

Human Services 

Beneficiaries

Adults
Disabled
People/Families of People with Health Conditions
People/Families with of People with Disabilities

Description

The program is designed to connect survivors from all over the state of Colorado. Mentors support fellow survivors by helping them meet goals that they set for themselves, explore resiliency, define what it means to thrive, and then to take steps in this direction. The program will span up to a year in duration, with weekly phone or video conference contacts, and if possible a monthly community activity (dependent upon proximity, transportation and personal budgets).

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Evidence of Program's Success

"Mentoring through BIAC has been a great way for me to see others with TBI who have had similar experiences to my own. The program's focus on resilience has been a great way to reframe my own continued challenges with TBI and also a great way to encourage my mentee in his recovery. My mentee has helped me to recall many of the challenges I have faced throughout my own recovery, both in the past and present."
- Peer Mentorship participant

"Not only do I have newfound confidence and inspiration as a mentor that I can help another brain injury survivor/thriver but I am also finding in myself my increasing confidence, inspiration, and inner strength."
- Peer Mentorship participant

"This Mentorship opportunity has allowed myself to build a relationship with another individual that like me, faces daily aggravating challenges living with a TBI. This opportunity has allowed myself to become more open and share ways I overcome those challenges. I have been strengthening my skills with communication and not only am I helping someone else navigate setting and reaching goals, but I have been able to strengthen my own skills in those areas."
- Peer Mentorship participant

Criminal Justice

Class

Crime & Legal 

Beneficiaries

Adults
Crime/Abuse Victims
Disabled
People/Families of People with Health Conditions

Description

Since 2014, BIAC has been partnering with agencies, universities, and state programs around Colorado to meet the needs of survivors and professionals in the criminal justice system. We have created educational materials, trained professionals, and received referrals throughout the state. Our effort is to engage professionals in the system, including law enforcement, judicial staff, court professionals, correctional personnel, and re-entry agencies to provide training, collaboration and support for survivors.

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Evidence of Program's Success

Increasing criminal justice referrals from criminal justice centers and jails across the state of Colorado. In 2020, BIAC employed two Brain Injury Re-entry Specialists who work with the Denver County Jail and Denver Detention Center who provide guidance and support to those preparing to re-enter the community.

Self-management/Skill Building

Class

Human Services 

Beneficiaries

Adolescents/Youth (13-19 years)
Adults
Disabled

Description

Self-management is a program designed and available for survivors of a brain injury who want to invest time in improving their skills in specific areas that can be challenging after a brain injury.

BIAC Advisors will work one-on-one with each participant to assess their strengths and weaknesses, identify natural supports in their life, and develop strategies for building specific skills with the goal of greater self-sufficiency.

During this six-month program, participants will meet with their Advisor for an average of 4 hours per month to work on skill-building.

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Evidence of Program's Success

New applications from current Brain injury survivors involved with BIAC and positive feedback and praise given at the end of the program in our surveys are evidence of success.

"This program has exceeded my expectations, coming into this I was doubtful much could change for me, [my brain injury advisor] has shown me different. She's helped me get clarity and control back in my life."
- Self-management Client, 2021

"I was given the opportunity to help myself by someone who truly understands what I've been through and that knows all sorts of ways to inspire me and give structure to the process of healing."
- Self-management Client, 2021

"Working with you made me feel like I could do things again."
- Self-management Client, 2020


Classes/Workshops

Class

Human Services 

Beneficiaries

Adults
Disabled
People/Families with of People with Developmental Disabilities
People/Families with of People with Disabilities
People/Families with of People with Physical Disabilities

Description

Classes and educational workshops are offered statewide and are free, topics include: cooking, adaptive yoga, mindfulness, grief & loss, art therapy, and much more.

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Evidence of Program's Success

Success of these classes and educational workshops is seen in repeat attendance, increased demand for types of classes offered, expansion of class locations, and positive responses given through our classes/workshops surveys.

Resource Navigation

Class

Human Services 

Beneficiaries

Adolescents/Youth (13-19 years)
Disabled
People/Families of People with Health Conditions
People/Families with of People with Disabilities
People/Families with of People with Physical Disabilities

Description

Resource Navigation is our foundational support program for survivors, family members, and caregivers. It is intended to be quick and easy to access.

Examples of support:

Finding medical providers
Understanding brain injury
Filling out paperwork
Connecting to community-based resources
Problem-solving

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Evidence of Program's Success

"You're amazing, I'm telling you out of everybody I know, of all the connections for all my health and everything, you're the only one that gets it. You're just patient with me and you know how to slow me down."
-Resource Navigation Client, 2021

"I hope life blesses you with everything good in the world you really made a difference for me. Before I was so depressed and just knowing somebody cares even a little bit changed my whole life."
-Resource Navigation Client, 2021

"I used to feel so bad about myself and you have been there for me and are always comforting."
-Resource Navigation Client, 2020

Recreation and Social Programs

Class

Recreation & Sports 

Beneficiaries

Adults
Disabled
Outdoor Recreationists
Physically Disabled
People/Families with of People with Physical Disabilities

Description

BIAC is proud to offer multi-day programs, one-day recreation programs, and numerous social events. Participants will experience the best of Colorado with caring, professional and highly experienced staff. The activities include hiking, climbing, a ropes course, cycling, rafting, and social gatherings and outings. Winter activities include skiing, snowboarding, tubing, and ice fishing. These activities provide an opportunity to relearn life skills, to experience socialization through new friendships; gain confidence and have fun.

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Evidence of Program's Success

Over 25 years of successful recreation programs that have volunteers and participants returning year after year.

"It is not a matter of will I be back, but when can I return?"
- Recreation Programs Participant, 2017

"I so enjoyed attending this camp, as it provides me opportunities to explore new talents, rekindle old enjoyments, and find new ways to be creative."
- Recreation Programs Participant, 2016

Support Groups

Class

Human Services 

Beneficiaries

Adults
Physically Disabled
People/Families of People with Health Conditions
People/Families with of People with Disabilities
People/Families with of People with Physical Disabilities

Description

BIAC offers coordination support to over 90 support groups for brain injury survivors and their families throughout Colorado;42 of those support groups are stroke-specific. The purpose of our support groups is to create a simple venue where survivors of a brain injury can come together with other survivors, their families, friends, caregivers, and professionals, for the mutual benefit of one another and of the whole group.

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Evidence of Program's Success

Group numbers continue to increase, both in terms of number of members, but also number of groups throughout the state. In addition, the quality of the group meetings has improved, with more guest speakers, activities, projects, and events being incorporated into the agendas.

Youth Education Consultation

Class

Human Services 

Beneficiaries

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)
Families
Parents
People/Families of People with Health Conditions
People/Families with of People with Disabilities

Description

BIAC has a Program Manager - Education Consultation/Youth Service son staff who provides free, statewide consultation and support services to children and youth, aged 0-21, with a documented brain injury.

Education consultation services include:
- Providing parent/guardian education of services and programming options available in schools
- Assisting in the partnership between parents and schools
- Educating parents and school teams on how a student has been impacted by their brain injury
- Collaborating with schools on intervention planning
- Attending transition, IEP, MTSS, and other planning meetings
- Partnering with hospitals to help with transition to school
- Any other student specific educational needs/concerns/questions

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Evidence of Program's Success

Praise and positive feedback given in our yearly Youth Education Consultation surveys.

"When I contacted the Brain Injury Alliance of Colorado (BIAC), they gave me a sense of comfort and hope I hadn't felt in a while when it came to attempting to handle the resulting behaviors my son was exhibiting. I realized that I was not alone in dealing with his school. "
- Mother of Youth Education Consultation Client, 2020

"During our extensive hospital stay, the amazing team at BIAC reached out to us and helped guide us through the recovery process. They assisted us in the reintegration into the education system, which can be extremely scary to navigate as a parent of a child with a traumatic brain injury. They have played an integral role in our healing, and we look forward to many years to come being a part of such an incredible team!"
- Mother of Youth Education Consultation Client, 2020

Utility Assistance

Class

Human Services 

Beneficiaries

Disabled
Poor/Economically Disadvantaged
Families
People/Families with of People with Disabilities
Poor, Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent

Description

The Brain Injury Alliance of Colorado is able to assist individuals and families with utility bills (heat & electricity). Our ability to assist individuals and families in Colorado is made possible through a generous grant from Energy Outreach Colorado.

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Evidence of Program's Success

We receive follow-up thank you notes from several of the participants in the program letting us know that the funding has made a difference in their lives.

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