Brain Injury Services

Support

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Listing of Support Groups
*NOTE:
The meeting times and method of communication for each Support Group vary due to COVID-19 restrictions. Please contact Will Matus, BIA-MO Program Associate, at will@biamo.org or 1-800-444-6443 for a more accurate schedule of Support Group meetings. Thank you for your flexibility and cooperation.*

Cape Girardeau
First Monday of the Month at 6:00 pm
Cape Girardeau Public Library, 711 N. Clark, Cape Girardeau, MO 63701
Room – Geraldine Room
Contact: Marilyn Schott, 573-275-7552, tmschott@yahoo.com

Columbia (Afternoon)
Fourth Wednesday of the Month at 12:00 pm
Services for Independent Living (SIL), 1401 Hathman Place, Columbia, MO 65201
Room – Main Conference Room
Contact: Victoria Day, 573-575-6683, vdayembod@kindredcollectivecomo.com

Columbia (Evening)
Second Thursday of the Month at 7:00 pm
Rusk Rehabilitation Center, 315 Business Loop 70 W, Columbia, MO 65203
Room – Dining Room
Contact: Victoria Day, 573-575-6683, vdayembod@kindredcollectivecomo.com

Independence
First Tuesday of the Month at 7:00 pm
Centerpoint Medical Center, 19600 East 39th S, Independence, MO 64057
Room – Auditorium East
Contact: Angela (Angel) Perry, 816-377-0231perry4home@yahoo.com

Independence, Male Survivors Group
Third Wednesday of the Month at 6:30 pm
Centerpoint Medical Center, 19600 East 39th S, Independence, MO 64057
Room – Auditorium East
Contact: Jason Miller, 816-509-1463, jasonflc@hotmail.com
*This Support Group is open to male survivors with brain injury.

Joplin
Second Tuesday of the Month at 1:00 pm
The Independent Living Center, 2639 E. 34th Street, Joplin, MO 64804
Contact: Andrea Buening, 417-659-8086abuening@ilcenter.org
Transportation available. Reservations required 1 week in advance. Call Shelly, 417-659-8086.

Kansas City (North)
Second Tuesday of the Month at 7:00 pm
Hillside Christian Church, 900 NE Vivion Rd., Kansas City MO 64118
Contact: Eric Washington, 313-231-9721ewash33@gmail.com

Kansas City (Downtown)
Second Thursday of the Month at 1:00pm
The Whole Person, 3710 Main St, Kansas City, MO 64111
Contact: Sarah Carlson, 816-561-0304, scarlson@thewholeperson.org

Kirksville
First Monday of the Month at 6:30 pm
Rural Advocates for Independent Living (RAIL), 1100 S. Jamison St., Kirksville, MO 63501
Contact: Mary Jecusco, 660-627-2498maryjecusco@live.com

Rolla
Last Tuesday of the Month at 6:30 pm
Christ Episcopal Church, 1000 N. Main St., Rolla, MO 65401
Contact: Deb Merrell, 573-364-6644, Deb.Merrell@yahoo.com

Springfield
Third Tuesday of the Month at 5:00 pm-5:30pm Social Gathering,
5:30-6:30 pm Support Group
Preferred Family Healthcare, 2626 W. College, Springfield, MO 65802
Contact: BIA-MO Office,  314-426-4024, will@biamo.org

St. Charles
Second Thursday of the Month at 7:00 pm
SSM Health St. Joseph Hospital, 300 First Capitol Dr., St. Charles, MO 63301
Room – St. Peter’s Room, First Floor
Contact: BIA-MO Office,  314-426-4024, will@biamo.org

St. Joseph
Third Thursday of the Month at 6:00 pm
Midland Empire Resources for Independent Living (MERIL), 4420 S 40th St, St. Joseph, MO 64503
Contact: Rita Zotto, 816-539-2144, rita.zotto@clintoncohealth.org

St. Louis (Northwest)
Third Wednesday of the Month at 7:00 pm
BIA-MO Office, 2265 Schuetz Rd., St. Louis, MO 63146
Contact: BIA-MO Office,  314-426-4024, will@biamo.org

St. Louis (South/Southwest)
Fourth Tuesday of the Month at 7:00 pm
SSM Health St. Clare Hospital, 1015 Bowles Ave, Fenton, MO 63026
Contact: BIA-MO Office,  314-426-4024, will@biamo.org
*Please take the stairs/elevator to the lower level and check the digital sign on the wall for the meeting room location.

Support Groups in adjacent states

Arkansas :www.biausa.org
Illinois :www.biail.org
Iowa :www.biausa.org
Kansas :www.biaks.org
Kentucky :www.biausa.org
Nebraska :www.biausa.org
Oklahoma :www.biausa.org
Tennessee :www.braininjurytn.org

Find the Brain Injury Association in your State

The Brain Injury Association is a network of local affiliates and our national office. If you are outside of Missouri, visit the Brain Injury Association of America to find local services and support groups.

Call 1-800-444-6443 for information and referral to resources within your community.  Within the St. Louis area, please call 314-426-4024.

The Brain Association of Missouri (BIA-MO) will provide information regarding resources within your community.  These services range from basic needs resources to brain injury specialized services.

The 1-800-444-6443 is a national toll-free number and will connect you to the Brain Injury Association within your community, based on the area code of your phone number.  For example, if you are calling from area code 314, 417, 573, 636, 660 or 816 you will reach the Brain Injury Association of Missouri.  Other area codes will direct you to the Brain Injury Association of that state.

Contact BIA-MO via email.

Professionals: To make a referral for services for a client, customer or consumer, click here.

The Brain Injury Association of Missouri (BIA-MO) Survivor and Family Regional Seminars provide helpful information, practical suggestions and support for life with brain injury. Each year, regional Seminars are held in Southwest and Western Missouri in Spring and Eastern Missouri in October.

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the Survivor and Family Seminars have been cancelled for 2020.

Contact the Brain Injury Association of Missouri to be added to the mailing list for the 2021 Survivor and Family Seminars.

Congratulations to the BIA-MO Annual Award Honorees who were recognized for their courage, service, and contributions to individuals with brain injury and their families. You are all truly an inspiration to others.

Each year the Brain Injury Association of Missouri (BIA-MO) recognizes a few individuals and organizations for their outstanding achievements.

2020 Award Honorees: 

Courage Award – Honors the success of an individual with brain injury.
Andy Paulus
Sondra Snider

Bill Buell Memorial Award – Honors a Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor or Case Manager who has provided outstanding service to the brain injury community within or outside of his or her employment responsibilities.

Point of Light Award – Honors an individual who has provided outstanding service to persons with brain injury. Nominations must be made by an  individual with brain injury.
Patti Erneste
Christina Salama

Volunteer of the Year – Honors an individual who has furthered the Mission of the Brain Injury Association of Missouri through his or her volunteer service with the organization.
Dana Read Farrill

Legislator of the Year – Honors an elected official representing citizens of  Missouri who has supported the prevention of brain injuries, services for survivors of brain injury or their families, or supported issues important to the brain injury community.

Service Excellence Award – Community Service – Honors an individual or organization for exceptional service within the brain injury community.

Service Excellence Award – Fundraising – Honors an individual or organization for efforts to generate financial support for services of the Brain Injury Association of Missouri

Service Excellence Award  – Prevention – Honors an individual or organization for lasting contributions in brain injury prevention.

Service Excellence Award  – Public Relations – Honors an individual or organization for outreach and educational efforts that have increased awareness of brain injury, needs within the brain injury community, and the Brain Injury Association of Missouri.

Lifetime Achievement Award –  Honors an individual or organization for significant  contributions and long-term impact to the brain injury community.
Susan Orton

Contact Courtney Stevens, BIA-MO Office Administrator, at Courtney@biamo.org or 314-426-4024 to be put on the mailing list for the 2021 Annual Awards Nominations.

Education

The Brain Injury Association of Missouri (BIA-MO) Survivor and Family Regional Seminars provide helpful information, practical suggestions and support for life with brain injury. Each year, regional Seminars are held in Southwest and Western Missouri in Spring and Eastern Missouri in October.

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the Survivor and Family Seminars have been cancelled for 2020.

Contact the Brain Injury Association of Missouri to be added to the mailing list for the 2021 Survivor and Family Seminars.

Brain Injury Association of Missouri
16th Annual Statewide Conference
Online
October 1 – 2, 2020

Thank you to everyone who participated in the virtual BIA-MO 16th Annual Statewide Conference on October 1 and 2, 2020.

The Brain Injury Association of Missouri (BIA-MO) Annual Statewide Professional Conference is the only conference in Missouri developed to specifically address issues relating to brain injury.

It is the premier educational opportunity for professionals who provide care for individuals with brain injury.

National and local experts share current research, innovative therapeutic strategies and best practice treatments to further develop knowledge and skills to improve the quality of life for survivors of brain injury.

2020 Session Topics Included:
  • Post-Traumatic Pediatric Seizures
  • Aging with Brain Injury
  • Tele-Rehabilitation – What Works in the COVID-19 Era
  • Family Support and Education for Adjusting to Life with Brain Injury
  • Visual Deficits, Prisms and Visual Spatial Neglect
  • Resiliency Training for Staff Working with Clients with Extreme Behavioral Needs: Addressing Trauma as it Applies to Individuals in Settings Where Behavioral Challenges are Prominent
  • Frontal Lobe Damage
  • Medications and Brain Injury – Interactions and Genetic Testing Markers
  • Concussions/mTBI – Return to Activities
  • Medical Marijuana in Missouri: What’s Next?
  • CBIS – What Is It and Why Is It Important?
  • Military Veteran Farmers: Heroes to Hives

Miss the 16th Annual Conference this year? Email Conference@biamo.org to be put on the mailing list for the 2021 BIA-MO 17th Annual Statewide Conference.

This project was supported, in part by grant number 90TBSG0040-01-00, from the U.S. Administration for Community Living, Department of Health and Human Services, Washington, D.C. 20201. 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 Administration for Community Living policy.

These materials are based upon work supported by the   National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA), United States Department of Agriculture, Under sponsored project number 2018-41590-22323 and 2018-70017-28578.

The Brain Injury Association of Missouri (BIA-MO) Sports Concussions: Facts, Fallacies and New Frontiers Seminars are a professional development opportunity for youth sports team and school personnel to reduce the risk of concussions and improve concussion management protocols. Thank you to everyone who helped with another year of successful seminars to educate youth sports and school personnel.

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 situation, all BIA-MO Concussion Education sessions have been put on hold until further notice.

Contact William Matus, BIA-MO Program Associate, to be added to the mailing list for 2021 Sports Concussions: Facts, Fallacies and New Frontiers Seminars at 314-426-4024 or will@biamo.org.

The Brain Injury Association of Missouri offers education programs for youth, parents, school personnel, coaches and the community regarding concussions and brain injury. All of the programs below are offered free of charge to team and school personnel.

Concussion Overview for Parents and Athletes
A 15-minute standardized educational program that is incorporated into parent and/or athlete meetings. It is also relevant for parent-teacher organizations or athletic association meetings.

Content includes the signs and symptoms of a concussion, why it is important to recognize a possible concussion, what should the parent or teammate do if they suspect someone has a concussion, what helps with healing of a concussion and when is medical attention needed following a possible concussion.

Print a Request for Presentation Form or complete the Request for Presentation online.

Concussion Training for Coaches and School Personnel
Training for youth sports coaches (paid or volunteer), school nurses, administrators, and licensed athletic trainers.

This half-day training is free of charge for sports team and school personnel. Content includes an in-depth review of the signs and symptoms of concussion, risk factors regarding short and long-term effects of concussion, concussion care and management at the time of potential injury through recovery, return to play protocols and Missouri’s youth sports concussion law.

Sign up to receive information about the Sports Concussions: Facts, Fallacies and New Frontiers Seminars.

Save Your Brain
Age-appropriate education is offered for elementary, middle and high school students regarding brain injury as part of a specific class or Ability Awareness Day programs.

Content includes causes of brain injury, affects of brain injury, impact on the person and his/her family, concussions and how to be accepting of individuals who may have sustained a brain injury. We also mention services of the Brain Injury Association of Missouri for further information.

Print a Request for Presentation Form or complete the Request for Presentation online form.

Contact BIA-MO for information at info@biamo.org or 1-800-444-6443.

Brain Injury Association of Missouri staff and volunteers are available for educational presentations. Audience groups include professionals of various disciplines, community or civic organizations, youth sports associations, schools, corporations and more.

To request a brain injury related presentation, please complete the downloadable Request for Presentation Form or contact the Brain Injury Association of Missouri at SpeakersBureau@biamo.org or 1-800-444-6443.

Locating resources for consumers and clients is often a challenge and the purpose of the Networking Coffee is for professionals to increase or refresh their awareness of resources for survivors of brain injury.

The BIA-MO Networking Coffees are for professionals in the field of direct services, on a full-time, or periodic basis, in the areas of:

  •         Rehabilitation
  •         Employment
  •         Community Support
  •         Residential
  •         Mental Health
  •         Assistive Technology
  •         Adaptive Equipment
  •         Trauma Services
  •         Discharge Planning
  •         Agriculture

SPRINGFIELD, MO – Thursday, August 20, 2020
When: 8:30 am – 10:00 am
Where: Online or videoconferencing
RSVP requested by Friday, August 14 , 2020

ST. LOUIS, MO – Tuesday, September 1, 2020
When: 8:30 am – 10:00 am
Where: Online or videoconferencing
RSVP requested by Friday, August 28, 2020

Email William Matus, BIA-MO Program Associate, (will@biamo.org), to RSVP for log in information or to be added to the mailing list for future BIA-MO Networking Coffees and events.

Collaborating Partners:

       

The Brain Injury Association of Missouri (BIA-MO) is pleased to offer educational scholarships for survivors of brain injury to pursue post-secondary education. Qualified educational institutions include two-year colleges, four-year colleges or universities, and vocational and trade school programs.

Scholarship funding may be used for expenses directly related to post-secondary education. Allowable expenses include tuition, room and board, books, required class material such as workbooks, specialized tools, etc.

21-14 Concussion Awareness Foundation Educational Scholarship
Memorial scholarship of the 21-14 Concussion Awareness Foundation to honor the giving of time and talent by John Stefan Gaal, Jr. The 21-14 Concussion Awareness Foundation Scholarship will provide one (1) $750 post-secondary educational scholarship for a survivor of brain injury to pursue post-secondary education.

Griggs Injury Law Educational Scholarship 
Corporate scholarship of Griggs Injury Law, LLC to assist survivors of brain injury in Western Missouri and Kansas counties of Johnson and Wyandotte. The Griggs Injury Law Educational Scholarship provides two $750 scholarships to support post-secondary education.

Jim and Lori Winter Educational Scholarship
Honors the long-time volunteer leadership of Jim and Lori Winter for strengthening the Brain Injury Association of Missouri. Lori continues her volunteer service as a Support Group Facilitator for two groups. Donations to BIA-MO support the Jim and Lori Winter Scholarship Fund to provide two $500 scholarships for survivors of brain injury to continue post-secondary education. Scholarship recipients must be residents of Missouri.

SSM Health Rehabilitation Network Educational Scholarship
Corporate scholarship of SSM Health Rehabilitation Network – Select Medical Partnership to assist survivors of brain injury on their road of recovery through encouragement and support for post-secondary education.  The SSM Health Rehabilitation Network Scholarship program offers two $750 post-secondary education scholarships for survivors of brain injury who are residents of Missouri.

Applications for the BIA-MO Educational Scholarships will be ACCEPTED THROUGH January 15, 2021. The same application is considered for each Scholarship. Applicants should complete only one application.

Required Material for Scholarship Application

  • Application Cover Sheet
  • Application Essay: Up to 500 words by the survivor of brain injury sharing how and when his or her brain injury occurred, challenges that have resulted, and education status, successes and goals. This essay should include the applicant’s educational plans and how the BIA-MO Scholarship program will assist in reaching the goals.
  • Two letters of reference: From individuals familiar with applicant’s abilities and educational/training goals such as a teacher, rehabilitation therapist, counselor, or employer.
  • Acceptance Verification: Documentation showing acceptance to participate in educational/training program on Scholarship Application.

Submit application to:
Mail: Brain Injury Association of Missouri, Inc.
2265 Schuetz Road
Saint Louis, MO 63146-3409

Fax: 314.426.3290    Email: courtney@biamo.org

Online

Download Scholarship Application

Selection Process
The same application is used for consideration for each scholarship. There is no need to submit separate applications.

The Scholarship Committee reviews all applications. From these applications the Committee selects recipients. Decisions by the Scholarship Committee are final. All applicants are notified of the decision regarding their scholarship following the Selection Committee Meeting.

The scholarship payment is sent directly to the educational institution.

The Application Deadline is September 15 each year.
**Note: The deadline to submit a BIA-MO Educational Scholarship application has been extended to January 15, 2021. 

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Recreation

This week of recreation, socialization and adventure for persons with brain injury is one of the initial programs of the Brain Injury Association of Missouri (BIA-MO) and continues its positive impact today.

The BIA-MO Donald Danforth Jr. Wilderness Camp is a week-long organized outdoor experience, held at Sunnyhill Adventures in Dittmer, Missouri for persons with a brain injury.

Unfortunately, due to the ongoing COVID-19 situation, the BIA-MO Wilderness Camp 2020 has to be cancelled and will not be re-scheduled this summer. This difficult decision was made to ensure the health and safety of all Campers and Camp staff.

During Camp, survivors of brain injury of all abilities have the opportunity to try – and overcome – challenges such as zip-lining, performing in the Talent Show and more. They form friendships with fellow survivors while playing games, listening to music, creating art and enjoying the outdoors.  Activities like swimming, fishing, target shooting and paddle boating are also fun for Campers!

Just the Facts 

  • What: BIA-MO Donald Danforth Jr. Wilderness Camp
  • Who: Survivors of brain injury, ages 18 and older
  • Where: Sunnyhill Adventure Camp, 6555 Sunlit Way, Dittmer, MO 63023
  • When: Summer 2021
  • Why: Survivors enjoy a week of fun, relaxation and independence, while family members and caregivers stay home for a week of respite.
  • How: The cost for the camp is $390 for Missouri residents and $475 for out-of-state residents. Scholarships are available if needed. A contracted Camp fee of $550 per person is charged to BIA-MO. If you are able to pay closer to this amount, please do so to help scholarships be available for other Campers. 

Camp Frequently Asked Questions…

  • Transportation: In most cases, Campers provide their own personal transportation to and from Camp. Van transportation is available from St. Louis, Kansas City, St. Joseph, and Columbia for $25 per rider. This service is provided by Sunnyhill and must be requested as part of the Camp registration.
  • Day Activities – Swimming, fishing, arts and crafts, target shooting, sports and games, zip lining, paddle boating, Alpine Tower and more!
  • Evening Activities – Bonfie, Dinner Dance, Talent Show, Pool Party and Bingo
  • Personal Care Assistance – Sunnyhill Adventures has staff to provide personal care assistance, as needed, for survivors’ enjoyment of Camp. However, it is not a “Special Medical Needs” Camp as defined by the American Camp Association (ACA) and some Campers with complex medical needs may need to provide their own PCA.
  • Sunnyhill Adventure Camp – They are accredited by the American Camping Association and have served individuals with special needs for more than 40 years. Learn more about Sunnyhill Adventures.
  • Assistance with Camp Fee – If assistance is needed to cover a Camper’s Fee, check with local resources who may be able to help cover some or all of the Camp Fee.
  • Walk-Float-Swim – This At-Camp fundraiser gives Campers the opportunity to log laps around the pool or designated Campground areas, and win prizes while doing so! Family, friends and neighbors may donate a fixed amount for each lap a Camper walks, floats or swims while at Camp. Donations support the Brain Injury Association of Missouri and Camp Scholarships.

Sponsor-A-Camper

Approximately 40 percent of Campers attending the BIA-MO Donald Danforth Jr. Wilderness Camp need scholarship assistance for their Camp Fee.

Your donation of $390 or more provides Full Scholarship assistance for a Camper. Your generosity of any amount will support partial scholarships and program support to ensure Campers who want to attend Camp have the opportunity for this week of fun, relaxation and independence.

Make Your Sponsor-A-Camper Donation now!

Contact the Brain Injury Association of Missouri at 1-800-444-6443 or Contact Us with questions about Camp or additional suggestions on financial resources and assistance with Camp Fees

BIA-MO Social Recreation!

All BIA-MO Social Recreation events at this time have been suspended due to COVID-19 restrictions.

 For Questions: Call 314-426-4024 or email Will Matus, BIA-MO Program Associate, at will@biamo.org.
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  • 118,000 Missourians are living with a long-term disability due to brain injury

  • 300,000 student athletes have their concussion-risk lowered by sports and school personnel attending training

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