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Brain Injury Services

Support

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Listing of Support Groups 

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 noon
Services for Independent Living (SIL), 1401 Hathman Place, Columbia, MO 65201
Room – Main Conference Room
Contact: Victoria Day, 573-575-6683, lawrenceolivervday@gmail.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, lawrenceolivervday@gmail.com

Hannibal
Third Tuesday of the Month at 4:00 pm
Marion County Services, 12 Northport Plaza, Hannibal, MO 63401
Contact: Kathy Butler, 712-355-0012, kbutler@mcsdd.com

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

Independence, Male Support Group
Third Wednesday of the Month at 6:30 pm
Centerpoint Hospital, 19600 East 39th S, Independence, MO 64057
Room – Auditorium West
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
Independent Living Center, 2639 E. 34th Street, Joplin, MO 64804
Contact: Andrea Buening, 417-659-8086abuening@ilcenter.org
Transportation available. Reservations required 1 week advance. Call Lawanna, 417-659-808

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), 1102 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: Marsha Milleson, 417-862-1753, mmilleson@pfh.org

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

St. Joseph
Third Thursday of the Month at 6:00 pm
MOSAIC Hospital, 5325 Faraon St., St. Joseph, MO 64506
Room – Inspiration Room
Contact: Rita Zotto, 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, alyssa@biamo.org

St. Louis (South/Southwest)
Fourth Tuesday of the Month at 7:00 pm
St. Clare Health Center, 1015 Bowles Ave, Fenton, MO 63026
Contact: BIA-MO Office,  314-426-4024, alyssa@biamo.org
*Please check the bulletin board at the bottom of the stairs for meeting room location.

 

Support Groups in adjacent states

Arkansas :http://www.biaa.org
Illinois :http://www.biail.org
Iowa :http://www.biaa.org
Kansas :http://www.biaks.org/
Kentucky :http://www.biaa.org
Nebraska :http://www.biane.org/
Oklahoma :http://www.braininjuryoklahoma.org/
Tennessee :http://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.

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

Attendance is Free, but Registration is Required.

2018 Seminar included the following sessions:

  • Behavior Following Brain Injury
  • Fighting Fatigue
  • Let’s Talk – Facilitated Discussions for Survivors and Family Members
  • So Many Questions
  • Healthy Me
  • Daily Life of a Survivor of Brain Injury

To be added to the mailing list for the 2019 Survivor and Family Seminars, email alyssa@biamo.org or call 1-800-444-6443.

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

Award Nomination Categories and 2018 Honorees:

Courage Award – Honors the success of an individual with brain injury.
Centilus Buchanan
Angie Nowak
William Whitman

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.
Sarah Davis, CBIS

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.
Victoria Day, MEd, LPC, LIMS-CMA
Tim Short

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.
Catherine Vatterott

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.
Representative Chrissy Sommer

Service Excellence Award – Community Service – Honors an individual or organization for exceptional service within the brain injury community.
Disabled Athlete Sports Association Adaptive Training Program
Vicky Frey
Richard Wessbecher

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

Joan Vatterott

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

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.
Carter Rethwisch

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

Nomination deadline is September 15 each year. 

Nominations should be submitted by:

Email: Courtney@biamo.org

Mail: Brain Injury Association of Missouri
2265 Schuetz Rd, Saint Louis, MO 63146-3409

or Fax: 314.426.3290

Download a Nomination Form here.

Click here to submit online application.

Education

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

Attendance is Free, but Registration is Required.

2018 Seminar included the following sessions:

  • Behavior Following Brain Injury
  • Fighting Fatigue
  • Let’s Talk – Facilitated Discussions for Survivors and Family Members
  • So Many Questions
  • Healthy Me
  • Daily Life of a Survivor of Brain Injury

To be added to the mailing list for the 2019 Survivor and Family Seminars, email alyssa@biamo.org or call 1-800-444-6443.

Annual Statewide Professional Development Conference

October 4 – 6, 2018
Marriott St. Louis West
Chesterfield, Missouri

Conference Overview
The Brain Injury Association of Missouri Annual Statewide Conference is the only Conference in Missouri established specifically to address current trends in innovative therapeutic strategies, cutting-edge and best practice treatment options, and research relating to brain injury.

This Conference features national and local experts addressing issues of interest to professionals, survivors of brain injury and family members.

Sessions held Thursday and Friday focused on topics of interest to healthcare professionals, rehabilitation specialists, social workers, agriculture experts, vocational counselors, physicians, psychologists, mental health professionals, case managers, service coordinators, and others who provide care for persons with brain injury.

On Saturday, a special Seminar was held for survivors of brain injury and families.

Thursday, October 4 – Friday, October 5 Featured:

Conference Professional Audience

  • Therapists – physical, occupational, speech
  • Medical Personnel – physicians, nurses, neurologists
  • Mental Health Professionals – social workers, counselors, psychologists, neuropsychologists
  • Rehabilitation Specialists – medical, therapy, mental health
  • Care Coordinators – case managers, service coordinators, discharge planners
  • Vocational Experts – vocational counselors, job developers
  • Community Support Staff – independent living experts, personal care attendants, support providers

Session Topics Included:

  • Employment and Return-to-Work Best Practices
  • Behavioral and Addiction Issues after Brain Injury
  • IEPs and 504 Plans for Pediatric Survivors of Brain Injury
  • Rehabilitation Continuum of Care: Hospital to Community Living
  • Impulsivity Assessment and Treatment
  • How Family Dynamics Impact a Survivor’s Recovery and Life
  • Public Benefits, Guardianship, Public Administration, Special Needs Trusts, and ABLE Accounts
  • And more!

Saturday, October 6 featured the Survivor and Family Seminar – Eastern Missouri. This Seminar was held in conjunction with the BIA-MO Annual Statewide Conference.

Download Conference Sponsorship Brochure

Send an email to Conference@biamo.org to be added to the mailing list for updates about the 2019 BIA-MO Annual Statewide Conference.

Sports Concussions: Facts, Fallacies and New Frontiers Regional Seminars 

The Sports Concussions: Facts, Fallacies and New Frontiers Regional Seminars are a professional development opportunity for youth sports team and school personnel to reduce the risk of concussions and improve concussion management protocols. Seminars are held during January and February on an annual basis, in five centralized cities of Cape Girardeau, Columbia, Kansas City, Saint Louis, and Springfield.

The Sports Concussions Regional Seminars are offered free-of-charge so school and team budgets are not a barrier to keeping youth safe in team sports.

Don’t miss your opportunity to attend or sponsor in 2019! Email Concussions@biamo.org to join the Seminar notification list.

Sessions from the Missouri Concussions Seminars 2018 are available to watch on online! Click on a title or picture below to begin the video.

Concussion: Facts and Fallacies

 New Frontiers in Research

International Consensus Concussion Guidelines

How Does Your Team/School Compare – Know the Data?

Changing Your Concussion Culture in Sports

Sports Concussion Case Studies

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 online 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, February 21, 2019
When: 8:30 am – 10:00 am
Where: Preferred Family Healthcare, 2626 W. College Road, Springfield, Missouri 65802-4637
RSVP requested by Friday, February 15, 2018

ST. LOUIS, MO – Tuesday, March 5, 2019
When: 8:30 am – 10:00 am
Where: BIA-MO Office, 2265 Schuetz Rd, St. Louis, MO 63146-3409
RSVP requested by Thursday, February 28, 2018

Download Networking Coffee flyer to share with colleagues

Email BIA-MO Program Associate, Alyssa Grese (Alyssa@biamo.org) to RSVP, for more information, or to be added to the mailing list for future BIA-MO Networking Coffees and events.

Educational Scholarships
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.

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.

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.

Griggs Injury Law Educational Scholarship **NEW
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.

Applications for the BIA-MO Educational Scholarships ACCEPTED THROUGH September 15 each year. 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 an Educational 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. 

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Recreation

This week of fun, socializing and adventure for persons with brain injury is one of the initial programs of 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.

During Camp, survivors of brain injury of all abilitites have opportunities to try – and overcome – challenges such as a zipline or performing in the Talent Show. They also socialize as a group listening to music, playing games, creating art, or enjoying the outdoors. Activities like swimming, fishing, dancing and walking are fun for Campers. Family members and caregivers receive a week of respite.

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: May 26 – May 31, 2019
  • Why: Survivors will 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: Campers provide their own personal transportation to and from Camp, in most cases. Van transportation from St. Louis, Kansas City, St. Joseph, and Columbia is available for $25 per rider. This service is provided by Sunnyhill and must be requested as part of the Camp application.
  • Day Activities – Swimming, fishing, arts and crafts, target shooting, basketball, zip lining, paddle boats, nature walks, Alpine Tower and more!
  • Evening Activities – Karaoke, Talent Show, Bonfire, Dinner Dance, and Bingo
  • Personal Care Assistance – Sunnyhill Adventures has staff to provide personal care assistance, as needed, for survivors’ enjoyment of Camp. 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.
  • Assistance with Camp Fee – If assistance is needed to cover a Camper’s Fee, check with local resources who may be able to help.
  • 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.
  • Walk-Float-Swim – This At-Camp fundraiser gives Campers the opportunity to log Laps around the pool or designated Campground areas. Participants may win prizes while all are active walking, swimming or floating. 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.

Sponsor-A-Camper

Approximately 40 percent of Campers attending the BIA-MO Donald Danforth Jr. Wilderness Camp need scholarship assistance with the 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!

More information and details are available as well as suggestions on financial resources and assistance with Camp FeesContact the Brain Injury Association of Missouri (BIA-MO) at 1-800-444-6443 or send us an email by clicking on Contact Us.

 BIA-MO Social Recreation:

Holiday Party!

Saturday, December 8, 2018
2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
BIA-MO Office,
2265 Schuetz Rd
St. Louis, MO 63146

 For Questions: Call 314-426-4024 or email alyssa@biamo.org.

Additional Upcoming Events

Contact the BIA-MO Office at 314-426-4024 for more information.

Calendar of Events

  • December 8, 2018
    Holiday Party  2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
    BIA-MO Office, 2265 Schuetz Rd, St. Louis, MO 63146
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BIA-MO Yearly Overview
  • 7,000 persons with brain injury, family members and professionals served

  • 2,500 survivors of brain injury and family members receive support, gain knowledge, and know they are not alone.

  • 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

  • 14,000 people admitted to hospital for stroke in Missouri

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December 18 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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December 19 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
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December 20 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
St. Joseph MO
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