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Government & Grant Funding

The Brain Injury Association of Virginia receives most of our funding from grants and contracts that assist us in providing support and services to those affected by brain injury throughout the Commonwealth.

TBI Act Implementation Partnership Grant

In 2009, the Virginia Department of Rehabilitative Services (DRS) received a four year Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) Act Implementation Partnership Grant. DRS, now the Virginia Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services (DARS), is collaborating with BIAV and Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) to carry out the activities of the grant, entitled Closing the Gap: Expanding Virginia’s Brain Injury Services Infrastructure. The grant focuses on improving Virginia’s network of brain injury services, enabling the state to offer a more coordinated system of treatment and care for all Virginians with brain injury.
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Grant activities will focus on:

  • Improving the ability of DJJ to identify and meet the needs of juveniles with TBI within their service system through screening, data collection and analysis, development of education and training materials, dissemination of study findings, and recommendations for action. DARS will be partnering with both BIAV and the VCU TBI Model System on this portion of the grant.
  • Enhancing relationships among state agencies and organizations that serve Virginians with TBI and their families who have low socioeconomic resources. The grant will encourage cooperation among stakeholders and enable them to address critical service needs through data collection and analysis, development of education and training materials, and dissemination of resource materials on TBI to nontraditional partners serving economically disadvantaged populations.
  • Improving the efficiency and effectiveness of the Virginia Brain Injury Council, strengthening the advocacy role of family members, and conducting outreach to at risk populations, including veterans and those with mental health comorbidities. A comprehensive Needs and Resources Assessment will also be conducted with the assistance of VCU's Survey and Evaluation Research Lab.

Brain Injury Resource Network (BIRN) Contract

The Brain Injury Association of Virginia’s (BIAV) Brain Injury Resource Network program provides assistance that links individuals to available supports and services and creates local momentum to establish services for persons with brain injury and their families. BIAV utilizes the Resource Coordination model to provide brain injury education, outreach, public awareness, advocacy and support to unserved and underserved areas of Virginia.
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The Resource Coordination concept was developed so that individuals with brain injury, families, and providers could have immediate access to resources in their local communities around the state. Through education, outreach, public awareness, and advocacy activities, resource coordinators play a critical role at local levels by promoting access to available resources, providing technical assistance to BIAV affiliated support groups, and serving as a catalyst for capacity building, provider recruitment and development. Since the inception of the program, resource coordinators have provided information and resources to over 100,000 survivors, caregivers, and professionals.

For this contract, BIAV will:

  • Provide quality educational opportunities to people with brain injury, family caregivers, and professionals.
  • Enhance local brain injury supports and services through outreach and coalition building with community partners.
  • Raise public awareness and understanding by developing, conducting, sponsoring, and/or participating in activities that increase the community’s knowledge of brain injury.
  • Enhance the agency’s Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) Program services by building more effective relationships/interactions with the Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services’ Field Rehabilitation Services (FRS) offices.
  • Develop and provide information, training, and/or resources that create effective brain injury advocates .
  • Identify and utilize data from various sources to guide program enhancements and decisions that meet the needs of Virginians in the brain injury community.

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