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.


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.

Request for Proposal

The Colorado Brain Injury Program is currently accepting Proposals for client services.  To access the Request For Proposal announcement please follow the instructions below:

The RFP is listed only on the Colorado VSS Site and can be found by:

  1. Going to ; this is the start page of the website with instructions for how to register and contact information for the helpdesk for any technical assistance with the website
  2. Clicking on “Public Access” on the bottom left side of the page
  3. In the Keyword Search Box, type in the RFP #2016000082 or the words “Traumatic/Brain/Injury”.
  4. The next page will have the RFP for Traumatic Brain Injury Services and its number; underneath the RFP number click on “Details”
  5. The next page will have details of this RFP and a collection of tabs; one of those tabs is “attachments”.
  6. Click on “attachments” and all of the attachments will show as links that lead to downloadable documents.

To be considered for an award, vendors / organizations must be registered with VSS prior to the submission deadline of the RFP; more information about that process can be found at

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 accepting Research Grant Applications at this time.

Please visit our website regularly for updates or changes.