The Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) Program at the Center for Excellence in Disabilities is proud to serve as the state's designated lead agency for the coordination of services for West Virginians with TBI. The TBI Program is a collaboration between the state funded Traumatic Brain Injury Services and the federally funded Traumatic Brain Injury Implementation Partnership Grant. TBI is defined as a blow or jolt to the head or a penetrating head injury that disrupts the brain's function.
To establish a coordinated and person-centered system of statewide services for individuals of all ages with traumatic brain injury and their families. The Traumatic Brain Injury Program is available to assist individuals with TBI, families, caregivers and service providers.
Brain Injury is often called the "silent epidemic."
Most people do not know about brain injury, let alone its consequences or how it affects people.
Some brain injuries are not perceived as brain injuries when in fact they are. For example concussion is a form of brain injury.
Because signs and symptoms of mild brain injury are similar to other problems, it often is misdiagnosed.
The two age groups at highest risk for a TBI are 0 to 4 year olds and 15 to 19 year olds.
Causes of Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
- Falls (40.5%)
- Motor vehicle crashes (14.3%)
- Struck by / against events (15.5%)
- Assaults (10.7%)
- Blasts are the leading cause of TBI for active military personnel in war zones.
(Centers for Disease Control)
Living with Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
Traumatic brain injury can cause problems with:
- Health and wellness
- Social issues
- Substance abuse and mental health
- Managing stress
- Money management
- Job skills