Resource Refresh: Support for Life at Home after Brain Injury
Brain Injury Alliance of New Jersey Support Services Team
Brain injury recovery is a process that continues long after treatment and formal therapies end. People with brain injury often create a "new normal" in which they must re-establish routines and re-learn how to complete everyday tasks at home. Help might be needed with bills, meal planning, appointments and household tasks. But where do you turn when you've graduated from therapy programs, yet still have difficulty making the pieces fit together? There are services available that can improve independence and quality of life.
Contacting the Brain Injury Alliance of New Jersey’s helpline to explore available resources is a good first step. A trained professional can walk you through what services are available for your specific needs. The helpline can be reached at 732-783-6172 or [email protected].
A possible resource for eligible individuals is Medicaid Managed Long Term Services and Supports (MLTSS). MLTSS can help with long-term support, such as personal care, respite and care management. Eligible individuals over the age of 21 should contact their local Aging and Disability Resource Connection (ADRC) to apply.
Another resource is The New Jersey Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) Fund, which may be available to help pay for home health services and personal care assistance for eligible individuals. The TBI Fund is used when insurance, personal resources and/or public programs are unavailable to pay for services related to the brain injury. For information on eligibility or to request an application, call 1-888-285-3036.
The Personal Assistance Service Program (PASP) may be another option. To be eligible, applicants must be a New Jersey resident, physically disabled, between 18-70 years old, living in the community, capable of directing their own services, and either employed, preparing for employment, in school, or actively volunteering in the community. For more information, contact the Division of Disability Services at 888-285-3036.
One additional resource is the Centers for Independent Living (CIL’s), which often offer life skills workshops and other recreational opportunities. You can find your local CIL using the “Independent Living Research Utilization” online directory.
For questions about these resources or help finding additional information, contact the Brain Injury Alliance of New Jersey helpline at [email protected] or 7 32-783-6172.