The Brain Injury and Statewide Specialized Community Services (BI&SSCS)

BI&SSCS is part of the Community Living Division of the Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission.  It offers an array of services for people with traumatic brain injury, as well as for other groups of individuals as described below.

Statewide Head Injury Program (SHIP)

 MRC offers many resources and services for Massachusetts residents who have sustained an externally caused traumatic brain injury. Read about all services available through the Statewide Head Injury Program (SHIP).  SHIP  has  a network of community-based services and supports that assists individuals in maintaining or increasing their level of independence at home, work and in their communities. These supports include service coordination, regional service centers, community residential support services, recreation programs, and substance abuse treatment.

SHIP  is a completely state funded program whose budget is determined annually by the state legislature.  

Nursing Home Initiative

The Nursing Home Transition Unit assists individuals with developmental disabilities who are not eligible for the Department of Developmental Services (DDS) to move from nursing homes to community-based services.  As part  of the Rolland settlement, MRC has been responsible for about 125 such transitions into a variety of settings.  After the move, BI&SSCS continues to provide case management. 

Current Grant Activities

BI&SSCS received a one million dollar competitive federal grant to strengthen services for individuals who have sustained a traumatic brain injury (TBI) and been greatly underserved. Strategies will include building formal and informal partnerships and collaborations with cultural organizations, community resources, veterans’ centers, places of worship, shelters, libraries and schools.  This grant seeks to reach people in the following groups:

  • Veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan conflicts with TBI
  • Veterans with TBI who are from diverse cultures or are women
  • Latinos with TBI (not necessarily veterans)

If you are a veteran with a traumatic brain injury or know somebody who is, please contact a BI&SSCS veterans coordinator at 617-204-3852 and have a confidential discussion about your situation and what BI&SSCS could offer.

Transition of Youth with Disabilities

The Transition Unit focuses on the development and integration of best practices within MRC to successfully transition youth with disabilities into the adult world of employment and community living.  These staff are also lead in facilitating the Chapter 688 process which provides youth with significant disabilities an Individual Transition Planning process as they begin to transition out of special education to the adult human services system.


This information is provided by the Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission.