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    Traumatic Brain Injury

    Lead Agency on Brain Injury 

    Maryland’s Behavioral Health Administration (BHA) within the Maryland Department of Health (MDH) has been identified as Maryland’s lead agency for Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI). As lead agency, BHA directs the state’s plans, initiatives, and services for individuals with TBI. BHA’s Office of Older Adults and Long Term Services and Supports is responsible for this work.

    Director, Office of Older Adults and Long Term Services and supports- Stefani O’Dea, MA, Stefani.odea@maryland.gov
    Brain Injury Waiver Coordinator- Nikisha Marion, MS, nikisha.marion@maryland.gov
    TBI Partnership Grant Coordinator- Anastasia Edmonston, MS, CRC, 410-402-8478; anastasia.edmonston@maryland.gov

    Maryland Information and Assistance

    The Brain Injury Association of Maryland www.biamd.org  410-448-2924 info@biamd.org is the primary Brain Injury information and referral source of the Maryland Access Point, Maryland’s No Wrong Door System for accessing long term services and supports www.marylandaccesspoint.info

    1915c Home and Community Based Services Waiver for Individuals with Brain Injury

    Created in 2003 initially as a resource for individuals with TBI who were stuck in state psychiatric hospitals as a result of inadequate funding for community services, this program currently supports over 100 individuals with brain injury who have significant needs related to behavior, cognition, physical impairment, and or behavioral health conditions. Available services include residential habilitation, day habilitation, supported employment, individual support services, and case management. Link to fact sheet https://health.maryland.gov/mmcp/waiverprograms/Documents/BI%20Waiver%20Fact%20Sheet.pdf

    Training resources for Brain Injury Waiver providers can be found at https://www.biamd.org/brain-injury-waiver-provider-resource-page.html

    Statewide Training and Systems Change

    The Behavioral Health Administration (BHA) has utilized federal grant funds (Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) State Partnership Program Partner State (“TBI Partner”) Grant No. 90TBSG0027-01-00) and Money Follows the Person (MFP) Demonstration funding to provide statewide brain injury training to human service professionals and behavioral health professionals. Training focuses on why it is important for programs and providers to incorporate brain injury screening into intake and assessment practices. In addition to learning how to conduct a brief brain injury screening, training attendees learn how to incorporate person centered, brain injury informed accommodations and supports to help individuals who are living with a history of brain injury engage in and benefit from services such as mental health and substance use treatment. 

    In addition to Brain Injury training, both Person Centered Thinking and Planning Training as well as Mental Health First Aid are also available through a collaboration between BHA and the Brain Injury Association of Maryland. Contact anastasia.edmonston@maryland.gov for more information.

    Additional Training resources can be found at

    Traumatic Brain Injury Advisory Board