Community Based Services (CBS)
Provides community support and services for individuals with brain injuries (BI) and a variety of disabilities in order for them to live as independent as possible. This includes providing assistance with transitioning individuals to the community from Nursing and Rehabilitation facilities. CBS also provides training and education regarding brain injury for individuals, professional and families, and community providers.
Community Based Services programs include:
- Statewide Head Injury Program (SHIP) Go to Statewide Head Injury Program
- Traumatic Brain Injury Waiver
- Nursing Home Initiative (NHI)
- ABI/MFP Waiver Unit Go to Home and Community Based Waivers
- Acquired Brain Injury Non-Residential Waiver
- Money Follows the Person Community Living Waiver
Definition of Brain Injury
An Acquired Brain Injury (ABI) is brain damage caused by events after birth which are not genetic, congenital, or degenerative. Possible causes include infections, metabolic, neoplastic, neurotoxic, traumatic, or vascular. Some common examples are meningitis, tumors, lead poisoning, and stroke.
One type of an ABI is a traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
A TBI occurs when the brain is damaged by an external force from outside the body. The head may be hit by a moving object, may strike a stationary object or be shaken violently. This can occur during a car crash, a serious fall, an act of violence or during another type of accident. Although we usually associate severe impairments with visible damage to the body, a serious brain injury can occur without signs of injury to the face or head such as cuts or breaks in the skin.
See ways for Accommodating the Symptoms of TBI .
For further resources: Resources
For information about staff: Community Based Services Program Staff
This information is provided by the Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission.