People with a partial or total disability caused by injury to the brain are eligible to receive support from the TBI Trust Fund. Eligible individuals have impaired cognitive abilities or impaired brain function.
Injuries to the brain may be a result of physical trauma, damage resulting from a lack of oxygen, allergic conditions, toxic substances and other medical incidents, including damage caused by drug overdoses or alcohol poisoning.
People with brain injury and without viable funding sources for needed services are eligible to receive support from the TBI Trust Fund. There are no caps for family income levels used to screen for services. Lack of adequate funding may be a result of the exhaustion of current benefits or benefit exclusion.
Services available through the TBI Fund include:
- case management
- community residential services
- structured day programs
- psychological services
- prevocational services
- supported employment services
- companion services
- respite care
- occupational therapy
- speech/language services
- wraparound services
Services not covered by the TBI Trust Fund include:
- attorney fees
- court cost
- fines assessed as a result of a criminal conviction
- the cost of incarceration
- other court-ordered monetary payment
Benefits are limited to $15,000 per person per year, with a lifetime maximum of $60,000. The program is not designed to provide intensive treatment or long-term support. However, the cost for case management services does not count against the person's annual or lifetime benefit cap.
How do I Apply?
Contact the Traumatic Brain Injury Trust Fund toll-free at (855) 816-9577 or (502) 564-6930.
REAP (Remove/Reduce Educate Adjust/Accommodate Pace) Program
A community-based model for Concussion Management that was developed in Colorado. The early origins of REAP stem from the dedication of one typical high school and its surrounding community. After the devastating loss of a student to “Second Impact Syndrome,” the Administrators, Teachers, Certified Athletic Trainer, School Nurse, School Psychologist and Counselors all banded together to create a wider safety net for all students in that school. The net became stronger when parents and community medical professionals also worked together to coordinate care and recovery from concussion. The lessons learned from this tragic event are that of a “Multi-Disciplinary Team” approach. The Family Team, School Team-Physical, School Team-Academic, and Medical Team all work together to ensure students aren’t pushed back into full classroom work to give their brains time to heal properly in a typical 4-week period. The beauty of this protocol is that it doesn’t just have to be for the athlete that gets injured. It applies to any student that may suffer a concussion, whether on a bicycle, trampoline, or fall.