The Brain Injury Association of Virginia (BIAV) was founded in 1983 as the Virginia Head Injury Foundation by families who were struggling to face the aftermath of brain injury. Today, BIAV remains the primary source of information and personal support for thousands of individuals, families, and professionals living in Virginia whose lives have been touched by brain injury. We are dedicated to serving the needs of Virginians with brain injury and their families; last year, we provided help, hope and healing to more than 7,000 Virginians, and as a state affiliate of the Brain Injury Association of America, we are part of a national network that serves over 100,000 people each year.
As a catalyst for improving brain injury services and supports in Virginia for 35 years, we:
- Were among the first states to successfully advocate for a brain injury registry; since 1984, more than 250,000 people who sustained a brain injury have been contacted by BIAV staff.
- Established Camp Bruce McCoy, a nationally recognized annual camp for adult survivors of brain injury. Begun in 1983, it is the oldest and most widely recognized summer camp program of its kind in the U.S.
- Fought for more than $6 million in state funding for brain injury core services.
- Helped establish Virginia’s Wounded Warrior Program, now known as Virginia’s Veteran and Family Support Program.
- Worked for the passage of the Student Athlete Protection Act and have worked with state agencies to increase the public’s understanding of the risks and management of concussions.
For more information about BIAV’s history, view our historical timeline.
- Personalized Assistance: Information & Referral, Care Navigation, Resource Coordination
- Support Groups
- Camp Bruce McCoy
- Education and Training Programs
- Outreach to newly injured Virginians
- Public Awareness & Prevention Campaigns
The Brain Injury Association of Virginia receives most of our funding through state contracts with the Virginia Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services (DARS) which fund support, education, outreach, public awareness, and advocacy efforts. For more information regarding our funding and how we spend our resources, please download our annual report.
Contract: Federal TBI Act grant. BIAV is a subcontractor for DARS to build and improve Virginia’s infrastructure for service delivery to individuals with brain injury.
This grant is provided by the Administration for Community Living (ACL), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, under Traumatic Brain Injury Implementation Grant #90TBSG00035-01-00 and state contract # 14-322 administered by the Virginia Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services (DARS). Grantees undertaking projects under government sponsorship are encouraged to express freely their findings and conclusions. Points of view or opinions do not, therefore, necessarily represent official policy of ACL or DARS.
Contract: Statewide Resource Coordination. Statewide Resource Coordination consists of outreach; information and referral; consultation and technical assistance services; education, training, and public awareness activities; and systems change advocacy to enhance services for Virginians with brain injury.
This contract is supported in part through state general funds (contract # 16-002A) administered by the Virginia Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services (DARS).