For over 35 years, the Brain Injury Alliance of Connecticut has provided resources and supports through our free helpline. For nearly as many years, we have known that some survivors and their families remain lost and fall between the cracks - simply not getting the services & supports that they need to move forward in their lives. While our helpline can help most individuals and will always be a free service of BIAC, there are those who need a more individualized, intensive level of support than our Helpline can offer, and who are not able to access state services.
we have a solution
In response to many requests over the years by survivors, family members, and the network of professionals who support these individuals for a more intensive, long term support service, we are developing a new service which will help fill the void for so many brain injury survivors and families throughout CT. Beginning in October 2019, BIAC will begin implementing our new program offering - the Brain Injury Navigator, a fee-based service that provides customized, in-depth and personal direction from an expert in brain injury, helping those impacted by brain injury find their way back to a life that brings meaning and joy, and the triumph of moving forward. This is a person-centered, direct 1:1 service, which may be provided on a short term or long term basis, customized and uniquely tailored to the specific needs of the individual and/or family. Services can be provided in the person's home or in various community locations, depending on personal preference, choice, and needs. We are very excited to be in a position to offer this service becaue we know that the Brain Injury Navigator will make a positive impact on the lives of those in need.
you can help us get started
Developing a new business takes capital start-up costs. This is where we need your help. Because there are significant costs associated with beginning a new service, we need to raise $65,000 to make this dream a reality for so many. We were incredibly thrilled to learn that The Harford Foundation for Public Giving will match donations to the startup capital needed to begin this service! This amazing opportunity is time limited however, and we need your donation by September 10th in order to qualify for the matching funds. With HFPG's generous match, we can double your investment! Please pass this information on to others who share our passion and committment in changing lives for those must vulnerable - one person at a time - and ask them to join you in supporting this critical new service.
If you or someone you know might be interested in receiving this new service, please call or email Bonnie Meyers at email@example.com or by calling 860-219-0291, ext. 304.
Examples of services a Navigator could provide for you or someone you care about include:
Help find the right medical practitioners who understand brain injury
Schedule and get to appointments
Help advocate for and understand medical recommendations
Help follow through with recommendations
Ensure that medical care is coordinated
Attend important meetings & court appearances
Help understand the requirements of your case and recommendations of your legal team.
Help follow through with those recommendations and requirements
Long Term Advocate
Work with family Trust to serve as an advocate after family is no longer able
Meet regularly with client and care providers to ensure that your brain injury needs are met
Develop strategies and systems to increase independence
Meal preparation and more
Work or School
Understand the accommodations necessary to succeed at work or school
Help advocate for those accommodations
Provide direct assistance for completion of paperwork, including insurance, food stamps, social service and disability benefits
With your help, the new Brain Injury Navigator fee-for-service will be available soon!