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January 2022

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How We Help

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Gina, a Care Coordinator for a major recovery care organization, contacted BIAC as she and her team were ready to give up on finding an adequate provider for an individual living with a brain injury. Danny, a 38 year old former NFL player, was suffering from the effects of an undiagnosed brain injury due to multiple concussions sustained during his football career. In addition to his brain injury, Danny had a history of substance abuse, was unable to sustain a healthy lifestyle on his own, and consequently had to move back in with his parents. Although Danny was in a counseling program, he lacked proper direction and providers to care for his specific needs. He struggled with impulse control, and he disregarded his medical needs because he was unable to manage his schedule.


Within a few days of receiving Gina's request for assistance, a BIAC Brain Injury Specialist from the HelpLine was able to locate a Neuropsychologist at the Yale Department of Neuropsychology. The doctor was not only a brain injury specialist, he also served as part of the NFL Players Concussion Settlement Program. Understanding the NFL and how head injuries are so commonplace made this connection an ideal match for getting Danny the best care possible! The Brain Injury Specialist also provided Gina with a helpful list of appropriate community programs, CT waiver programs, as well as BIAC’s own Navigator Services. 



“OMG! I just saw this," wrote Gina. "This list choked me up because I have been so unsuccessful trying to get the client’s PCP to help us with a recommendation/referral, and unsuccessful in my efforts to obtain previous records. Just today, we (the team) were talking about him and feeling so deflated in regards to this. Something in the universe brought you to us today. I thank you most sincerely. I will get on this ASAP!”

Support Groups Update

New Year,

New Opportunities


Over the past year, with the help of dedicated group facilitators, vaccinations and safe practices, BIAC was able to keep our Support Group Network up and running. We currently offer 12 Active Support Groups that conduct monthly meetings via Zoom, or In-Person. For 2022, we are proud to introduce a brand new BIAC-sponsored group that will be hosting virtual meetings:

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Meet Our New Facilitator: Kaila Morin, PT, DPT, is an outpatient Physical Therapist and a TBI clinical specialist at Gaylord Specialty Healthcare. She received her doctorate degree from the University of Hartford in 2018. “I have always been dedicated to helping others and I have a special passion for working with patients that have sustained a traumatic brain injury, including concussion. I am excited to volunteer with BIAC because I look forward to connecting with others and making a difference in many people's lives!”



For further details on all of our Support Groups, please visit the BIAC website GET HELP NOW section for the one that best meets your needs! Contact us at 860-219-0291 with any questions.

36th Annual Golf for Thought

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36th Annual Golf for Thought

Monday, May 23, 2022

TPC River Highlands

Presented by United Steel


Sponsorships are available NOW for our biggest fundraiser of the year! Many of the sponsorship levels come with foursomes, and the opportunity to play on Connecticut’s premier private golf course that is home to the PGA Tour Travelers Championship.

Click here for the Sponsorship Brochure

This event SOLD OUT last year, so don’t delay in registering your sponsorship!

Click here to register your Sponsorship

Contact Lori Shield with any questions and for more details at lshield@biact.org or 860-219-0291 ext. 303

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Spotlight on Brain Injury

Interested in Participating in a Research Study about Brain Injury?

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Two Opportunities available below from Trinity College Neuroscience Department, led by Sarah Raskin, PhD and BIAC Board President.


Cognitive Rehabilitation After Brain Injury

Did you have a TBI and struggle with memory? Are you between the ages of 20-55, English speaking and otherwise healthy? If so, you may be eligible to volunteer for a study to see whether cognitive rehabilitation treatment can help improve your memory. All treatment is with paper or computer; it does not involve any medications or medical procedures. All sessions will be over the computer – one hour/week for 8 weeks total.


If you would like additional information about this study, or to volunteer, please feel free to contact Sarah Raskin at raskinlab@trincoll.edu or (860) 297-5188.

 

Domestic Violence and Brain Injury

Have you been a victim of domestic violence and think that you may have sustained a brain injury?  You will be asked to take some tests to determine if you are experiencing attention and memory deficits. Your total participation will be about 3 hours. 


If you would like additional information, please feel free to contact the research assistant, Olivia DeJoie at olivia.dejoie@trincoll.edu or (860) 297-5188.



Gift card compensation included for participation for both of these studies!

Want to learn more about how you can participate in these studies? 

Just a click here: Research Studies

Navigator Corner

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Grayson has had a difficult time with grocery shopping since his brain injury. He finds himself unable to plan his meals ahead of time and get the necessary items from the store to last him all week, instead of for just a few days. Grayson hired the Navigator to assist him with meal planning & prepping. He requested the Navigator accompany him to the store to find the right foods that he can use for advanced meal planning throughout the week. 


If you or someone you know has a similar situation to Grayson, reach out to Cassandra Riley today at (860) 994-7962 or criley@biact.org to schedule your FREE consultation!

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