MINDSOURCE

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.

Mindsource, formerly 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 Mindsource focuses on Education and Research related to brain injury.

Mindsources 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.

Mindsource 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.

Announcements

Hard to Serve Report

The Colorado Brain Injury Program Hard to Serve Study was initiated by MINDSOURCE – Brain Injury Network (previously called the Colorado Brain Injury Program) within the Colorado Department of Human Services in partnership with the Colorado Brain Injury Collaborative (CBIC) to analyze whether and how individuals with brain injury experience difficulties accessing supports, specifically when the individual has complex needs such as medical, mental health, and/or substance use disorder co-occurring with brain injury.  The following key questions guided data collection and analysis:

  1. What is the current infrastructure in place to support individuals with brain injury?
  2. Which Coloradans with brain injury are experiencing difficulties accessing the services they need?
  3. Where are the current gaps in services and what contributes to these barriers?
  4. What best/promising practices can inform recommendations?

The goal of the hard to serve study is to provide information that can inform future funding, programming, and policy decisions to ensure Coloradans with brain injury have access to needed services and supports across their lifespans and regardless of the complexities of their health.

Please click on the following link to view the full study report and then second link to view the Appendix:

CO Brain Injury Program Hard to Serve Report August 2017

CO Brain Injury Program Hard to Serve Study Report Appendix August 2017

 


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.
http://journals.lww.com/headtraumarehab/Fulltext/2014/05000/Building_Statewide_Infrastructure_for_Effective.5.aspx

Mindsource Research Grant Program

Research Grants

Mindsource is not currently accepting Research Grant Applications.  Please check back in the Fall of 2018.  Thank you.