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Consumer Guide to Brain Injury Resources
This Consumer Guide has information to assist you in making informed decisions about the quality of life for you and/or the person you care for following brain injury.
This Consumer Guide is divided into the following sections:
Consumer Guide Overview
This section offers a brief overview of the Consumer Guide
An Overview of Brain Injury
This section provides a basic overview of the causes and effects of brain injury.
About the Minnesota Brain Injury Alliance
This section provides background about the Minnesota Brain Injury Alliance and the support services it provides to individuals affected by brain injury.
Advocacy, Appeals and Rights
This section discusses the importance of advocacy in the brain injury rehabilitation process and the importance of appealing medical decisions if necessary.
Public Policy Advocacy
This section defines the importance of citizen advocacy with your elected officials and provides information about how to become an advocate.
General Questions to Ask Service Providers
This section details specific questions to ask of service providers when determining sources of support after brain injury to help you select the best option for your situation.
The Americans with Disabilities Act
This section provides an overview of the ADA, a law that protects the civil rights of individuals with disabilities.
Centers for Independent Living
This section discusses the core service areas that the Minnesota Centers for Independent Living provides: Independent Living Skills; Advocacy; Information and Referral; and Peer Support.
This section discusses how people with physical and cognitive disabilities are more likely to have substance abuse disorders and are less likely to access treatment, and how to look for appropriate treatment centers.
This section discusses how counselors, social workers, psychologists and behavior analysts can assist with emotional recovery and behavior modification.
This section provides parents and students of all ages assistance in navigating the educational system to receive appropriate and useful training and education.
This section explains funding that may be available to pay for rehabilitation, medical care, financial planning, education and other services.
Home Health Services
This section examines some of the services that can be provided with Home Health Services, including skilled nursing, home health aide, private duty nursing, personal care assistants, and physical, occupational, respiratory and speech therapies.
This section lists housing options for persons with brain injury in order to guide your decision when modifying your home or choosing an appropriate housing provider.
Independent Living Skills
This section explains independent living and available programs.
This section assists you with finding and retaining qualified legal representation that can help secure insurance settlements and government benefits, fight against discrimination and plan for your future.
This section examines what long-term care can provide, and takes a look at the differences between skilled care and other intermediate care facilities.
Medical Rehabilitation/Neuropsychological Assessment
This section gives readers an introduction to medical rehabilitation and neuropsychology.
This section reviews the occurrence of brain injury with military activity and provides information about brain injury resources for military veterans.
This section offers suggestions for locating and accessing mainstream and adaptive recreational and leisure opportunities.
This section defines what a support group is and how one may be helpful to individuals and families affected by brain injury.
This section discusses transportation options, such as vehicle adaptation, public transportation, volunteer driving programs and long distance transportation.
Vocational Rehabilitation/Return to Work
This section describes vocational rehabilitation and support for persons returning back to work and steps to maintaining employment after brain injury.
Phone Number Listings
This section lists phone numbers for a number of State Services, County Social Service Agencies and Rehabilitation Service Offices.
Each section addresses various challenges that persons with brain injury may face. Please read the consumer information first to ensure that you are able to make well-informed decisions when choosing providers.
You are your own best advocate. Use the information in this Consumer Guide to help you prepare for questions you may want to ask about how to locate and pay for quality services, care, rehabilitation and support.
If you have questions at any time, please call the Minnesota Brain Injury Alliance at 612-378-2742 or 800-669-6442. You can also use our contact form to electronically contact the Alliance.