Michigan Brain Injury Resources
In addition to being fortunate enough to have the most generous, comprehensive auto insurance system in the country, we also have the benefit of having high-quality brain injury resources right here in Michigan. The Michigan Department of Community Health has dedicated a website to highlighting resources available to those who have suffered from traumatic brain injuries as well as their family members, and has gone to great lengths to champion initiatives that seek to reduce the number of brain injuries sustained in our state, especially by our children.
There are also a number of nonprofit organizations whose very mission is to advocate for the rights of brain injury survivors across our state through the provision of rehabilitative care, medical care, programs, training, and support sessions to help all parties involved in the care and recovery of the survivors. We have highlighted a number of resources and programs available to you below, but this is by no means an exhaustive list.
- Michigan Department of Community Health – Traumatic Brain Injury Resources -The website, created by the Michigan Department of Community Health to assist those who have sustained trauma to the brain, provides an overview of what a traumatic brain injury (TBI) is, and links to online training programs and educational material that may be of use to those who have sustained this type of injury, their families, and their caregivers.
- Michigan Resource Guide for Persons with Traumatic Brian Injury and Their Families -This document provides pertinent information you need to keep in mind if you or a loved one has suffered from a traumatic brain injury. It gives an overview of TBI, services that are commonly needed for those who have suffered this particular type of injury, provides information about the financial support for healthcare and lost income that may come as a result of sustaining a brain injury, as well as a summary of services that are provided by certain government and private agencies to assist with coping with a brain injury.
- Brain Injury Association of Michigan (BIAMI) – The Brain Injury Association of Michigan (BIAMI) is a nonprofit organization committed to serving brain injury survivors and their loved ones. It provides a number of programs, seminars, webinars, an additional resources that are helpful to those interested in the research and prevention of brain injuries, as well as advocacy efforts to insure that there are resources and laws in place that will protect brain injury victims.
- Origami Brain Injury Rehabilitation Center – Origami Brain Injury Rehabilitation Center is the result of the partnership between Michigan State University and Peckham, Inc. A nonprofit organization located in Mason, Michigan, Origami offers medical care, residential programs, community-based programs, outpatient programs, and other professional services to assist those who have sustained a brain injury. In addition, Origami is one of a handful of organizations across the country that has been selected to participate in a pilot program offered by the United States Department of Veterans Affairs called “Assisted Living Pilot Program for Veterans.”
- Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital – Located in Grand Rapids, Michigan, Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital assists individuals in getting the care they need as they recover from their injuries. It has a number of programs, clinics, services, and resources that have helped people in West Michigan suffering from brain injuries.
- Hope Network – With locations in East Lansing, Grand Rapids, Kalamazoo, and Coldwater, Hope Network offers a number of rehabilitation programs geared towards those who have suffered brain injuries. Among its offerings are Transitional Inpatient Brain Injury Rehabilitation, Neurobehavioral Inpatient Program, and Community-Based Brain Injury Rehabilitation.