Colorado Brain Injury Program

In Colorado there are approximately 950 deaths, 5,200 hospitalizations, and 27,000 emergency department visits related to traumatic brain injury (TBI) annually.

Recovering from, and regaining a life after a brain injury is difficult and can be frustrating.  It can be challenging to know what resources are needed and to have the ability to obtain these supports.

The Colorado Brain Injury Program has been established to help people with brain injury and their loved ones by assisting with accessing needed supports to maximize recovery now and in the future. 

In addition to services, the Colorado Brain Injury Program focuses on Education and Research related to brain injury. 

The Brain Injury Program is part of the Colorado Department of Human Services, Division of Vocational Rehabilitation.  Funds for services, education and research are generated via the Colorado Traumatic Brain Injury Trust Fund.   

The Colorado Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) Trust Fund was established in 2002 by the Colorado legislature to provide statewide care coordination and services to children and adults with traumatic brain injury, sponsor educational programs about TBI, and fund TBI research.

Funds for the Colorado TBI Trust Fund come from surcharges on traffic ticket convictions for speeding, DUI, DWAI, and the children's helmet law.

The Brain Injury Program is guided by a volunteer community Board of Directors and contracts with government and private agencies 

Mission:  The TBI Trust Fund strives to support all people in Colorado affected by traumatic brain injury through services, research, and education.

Vision:  All Coloradans affected by traumatic brain injury will have access to available services and supports when needed.


National Collaborative on Children’s Brain Injury

Colorado Brain Injury Program Director, Judy Dettmer has been facilitating a national group called the National Collaborative on Children’s Brain Injury (NCCBI). This group is comprised of a diverse group of professionals and family members:

The goals of the NCCBI are to:

1.    identify critical gaps in educational services,
2.    make policy and research recommendations, and
3.    share information, tools, and resources on supports for children with TBI in the school setting.

Members of the NCCBI include:

  • state Department of Education staff who provide statewide leadership and coordination of services for students with brain injury
  • HRSA TBI grant recipients who work closely with their state Departments of Education
  • pediatric brain injury researchers
  • representatives from the HRSA TBI Program, and from the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR) and the Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP), both of the U.S. Department of Education
  • family members of individuals with brain injury

A work group of NCCBI has been working to publish a white paper related to developing infrastructure within states to improve supports and hopefully outcomes for students with brain injury in the school systems. This paper is now in the current issue of the Journal of Head Trauma Rehabilitation! See link below.

Dettmer, J., Ettel, D., Glang, A., & McAvoy, K. (2014). Building statewide infrastructure for effective educational services for students with TBI: Promising practices and recommendations. The Journal Of Head Trauma Rehabilitation, 29(3), 224-232.

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Research Grants

The Colorado Brain Injury Program is working hard to develop a web based, streamline process for announcing, applying for, awarding and managing our research grants. Due to this we have to delay the announcement for the next request for proposals.  Please see below for our estimated timeline of events:

  • Research Grant Announcement: August 1, 2014
  • Letters of Intent due: September 5, 2014
  • Board Committee will review by September 19, 2014
  • Invitation for application will be made September 22, 2014

The committee may suggest revisions to the LoI, the revised LoI will be due by 10/3/14

  • Invitation for application for revised LOI will be October 8, 2014
  • All applications will be due by December 12, 2014
  • Individual and panel review will be completed by February 20, 2015
  • Awards will be made and contract development will begin by March 6, 2015
  • Contracts will begin July 1, 2015 and end June 30, 2017


The program will be only funding Type I and Type II research grants. Please click on the “research” tab for more information.


Please visit our website regularly for updates or changes to this timeline and for all the materials you will need to complete your letter of intent.

Education Grants Announcement

Colorado Brain Injury Program:  Education Grants Program Announcement:  We are now accepting Education Grants for the Colorado State Fiscal Year 2015.  Grant applications are due by June 20, 2014 by 5 p.m.  It is very important to note that you will have to have your user profile validated by June 15, 2014 in order to apply.    For more information about the Education Grant Program please click on the Education Grants Tab.