COVID-19 Update

For the time being, COVID-19 is affecting TBI services.

TBI staff will remain available to you. You can email or call us. Please reach out if you have questions or needs.

Funds For You (FFY). TBI Clients are still able to work with their TBI Social Worker to submit and apply for FFY, we are just limiting home visits, and travel for our staff, so all FFY applications will need to be submitted via e-mail, mail, or planned ahead with your TBI Social Worker.

We want to make sure everyone is safe and healthy.

Training & Presentations: TBI has canceled all in-person trainings and presentations. TBI can offer trainings from a distance using Zoom. Zoom is a remote video platform. If you would like to schedule a training, please contact us. Also, keep checking back as we schedule online training opportunities.

Remember: The TBI staff are still here to support you in navigating life after a TBI. Please call or e-mail us, and we will be happy to be creative in ways to best support your needs.

Phone: 304-290-7412
Email: TBI@hsc.wvu.edu or Miranda.Talkington@hsc.wvu.edu

TBI Info

Mission:

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:  

  • Behavior
  • Health and wellness
  • Mobility
  • Fatigue
  • Social issues
  • Substance abuse and mental health
  • Managing stress
  • Learning
  • Money management
  • Job skills