Official Nebraska Government Website

Nebraska Brain Injury Advisory Council

State/Local Supports

Organizations

1.
Answers4Families.org

Answers4Families is Nebraska’s support and information connection for families and professionals seeking assistance.

2.
Brain Injury Association of Nebraska (BIA-NE) | The BIA-NE on Facebook

BIA-NE is the voice of brain injury in Nebraska bringing hope, help and healing.

The BIA-NE works to create a better future for all Nebraskans through brain injury prevention, research, education and advocacy.

Check out a new service Resource Facilitation
Intake and Referral, Case Management, Awareness and Education

3.

DHHS Aging Unit Long-term Care Ombudsman
The Long-Term Care (LTC) Ombudsman Program was established under federal mandate through the Older Americans’ Act. A LTC Ombudsman is an advocate for the rights and well being of nursing home and assisted-living facility residents

4.

Disability Rights Nebraska
Disability Rights Nebraska provides individual advocacy, advice on legal rights, information about disability rights and services, and referrals.

5.

Legal Aid of Nebraska AccessLine and ElderAccess Line
For legal issues affecting people age 60 and over, the ElderAccessLine® is staffed by an experienced paralegal conferring with an attorney. There is no income-eligibility restriction for those over 60.

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Nebraska 2-1-1
Nebraska 2-1-1 keeps an accurate and comprehensive database that you can use to find health and human services to meet your needs. Our database allows you to browse hundreds of health and human services online, learn about specific programs, intake requirements, eligibility, operation hours and more. The database also has information on disaster related services.

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Nebraska's Aging and Disability Resource Center
Many agencies and programs throughout Nebraska are available to help, and it can be hard to know where to start. The Nebraska's Aging and Disability Resource Center website is your connection to help, services, and programs for elders, people of all ages with disabilities, family members and caregivers.

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Nebraska Hotline for Disability Services

The Holtline provides information and referral to Nebraskans who have questions or concerns related to a disablity. This includes information about rehabilitation services, transportation, special parking permits, legal rights, and any other questions related to a disability, call: 1-800-742-7594 or (Lincoln) 402-471-0801.


Support Groups and School Support Teams
Support groups and school support teams share strategies and resources to help you or someone you know transition back into daily activities after a brain injury.

1.
Brain Injury Support Groups
  • ★ Interact with others in similar situations
  • ★ Learn from personal experiences
  • ★ Make positive connections with people

List of support groups

2.
Brain Injury School Support Teams

Contact a Brain Injury School Support Team (BIRSST) member when you have a student who needs assistance transitioning into the classroom after a brain injury.

    Team members can identify strategies to support student success:
  • ★ Support for students struggling with new identities
  • ★ Methods to reintegrate students with their peers
  • ★ Information on brain injury and resources
  • ★ Training and consultation


BIRRST Team Contacts and Coverage Map

For more information email Rose Dymacek, BIRSST Team Coordinator






 

Rehabilitation in Nebraska

This information is not intended to be a substitute for medical advice or examination. A person with a suspected brain injury should call 911, go to the emergency room or contact a physician immediately.

Very little about brain injury diagnosis and treatment is orderly. Persons who receive an injury severe enough to result in emergency medical treatment may be admitted to a hospital and may also receive: Emergency Medical Care, Intensive Care, Acute Rehabilitation, Post-acute Rehabilitation, Sub-acute Rehabilitation, Day Treatment/Day Rehabilitation, and/or Outpatient Therapy.

The Road to Recovery in Nebraska - Getting Home after Brain Injury

1.
Madonna Rehabilitation Hospital
Madonna's Brain Injury Rehabilitation Program serves individuals with traumatic or non-traumatic brain injuries of any severity.
2.
Quality Living Inc.

A broad-spectrum rehabilitation program for non-geriatric adults who have suffered an acquired brain injury, spinal cord injury, degenerative illness or severe physical disability.

The Road to Recovery in Nebraska - Gaining or Retaining Work after Brain Injury

1.
Nebraska VR
The Nebraska VR program helps people with disabilities join the workforce and to maintain employment.
2.
Nebraska Ticket To Work

Nebraska’s Ticket To Work website is a centralized source of information for people with disabilities who wish to explore competitive employment opportunities and more.

Assistive Technology

A brain injury can affect balance, vision and memory.

Assistive Technology (AT) can help an individual with a brain injury to be independent at home, school and work. Solutions can be a simple spiral notebook to help with organization to a high tech communication system.

 

 

Explore Assistive Technology:

1.
Assistive Technology Partnership (ATP)
ATP is Nebraska's resource for assistive technology. Contact one of ATP's offices across the state to explore solutions, identify funding sources and connect with demonstration and loan of equipment. Technology Specialists are available to help you identify how you might use technology at home, in the classroom, and at work.
2.

AT4ALL
At4all.com is Nebraska's online resource for assistive technology. Technology is available for demonstration, loan and purchase. There are limited free items also listed.

More than 40 iPod Touches are available for loan on AT4ALL thanks to the Nebraska Brain Injury Implementation Partnership Grant. The iPod Touch has built in features including a calendar with alarm reminders and the ability to take pictures to use as visual reminders.

A book titled, "Organize Your Life Using the iPod Touch: Making Cognitive Connections at Home, School and Work" is also available for loan. The book is structured to be a learning tool for individuals who experience cognitive challenges such as memory and organization.

3.
Brainline

brainline.org is a resource for equipment including children and veterans. Charts to simplify life with a brain injury include "27 Revolutionary Apps for the iPhone and iPad" and "20 Life-Changing Android Apps for People with Brain Injury."

National Resources

A Head for the Future
A Head for the Future is an initiative designed to promote traumatic brain injury (TBI) awareness, education and prevention. This website is a portal for service members, line leaders, veterans, medical providers and family members to access the latest information on TBI diagnosis, treatment and recovery

BrainAndSpinalCord.org
BrainAndSpinalCord.org's mission is to be the most reliable, timely and complete resource on the internet for brain injury and spinal cord injury survivors. Our hope is that this site will become relied upon as a trustworthy resource for the community and for those who are searching for information.

Brainline
A comprehensive website where you will find fact sheets, personal stories, research, resources and more.

Brain Injury Association of America (BIAA)
BIAA is the leading national organization serving and representing individuals, families and professionals who experience a brain injury. Contact BIAA Toll Free @ 800.444.6443.

Brain Injury Resource Center
The Center provides helpful information for the brain injury community including audiotapes, newsletters, and evaluation tools.

HealthCare.org
Information on Marketplace insurance guidelines and to find a Navigator in your local area.

National Association of State Head Injury Administers (NASHIA)
A resource on brain injury policy, program, and service resources for state employees and others interested in state government.

National Resource for Traumatic Brain Injury
The National Resource Center provides relevant and practical information for professionals, persons with brain injury, and their families.

 

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