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, Office of Community Access and Independence.  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.


New Board Member

Gretchen J. Russo, RN, BSN, JD

Gretchen J. Russo has spent over 19 years working in the child welfare and juvenile justice field. Currently, she serves as the Judicial and Legislative Administrator for the Office of Children, Youth and Families at the Colorado Department of Human Services and is an appointed member of the Juvenile Parole Board.   Prior to her current position, she was the Permanency Manager for Division of Child Welfare and the Colorado Department of Human Services for just over two years where she oversaw a number of programs including Adoption, Foster Care, Kinship Care, Recruitment and Retention, Residential Care and Permanency programs.   (more…)

Now accepting FY 2017-2018 Community Grants

The Colorado Brain Injury Program is now accepting applications for the Community Grants. 

Please keep in mind that in order to apply for funds from the State of Colorado you must be registered on the Vendor Self Service Site:  This process may take several days so please start that process as soon as you can.  

Please click here for details.

Youth Brain Injury Program Executive Summary Needs Assessment

The Colorado Brain Injury Program is happy to share the 2015 Executive Summary of the Youth Brain Injury Program Needs Assessment.  Please click:  YBIC Needs AssessmentExecutive Summary to read.

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.

Colorado Brain Injury Research Grant Program

Research Grants

The Colorado Brain Injury Program is not currently accepting Research Grant Applications.  Please check back in the Fall of 2018.  Thank you.