Statewide Head Injury Program (SHIP) Technical Assistance (for Public and Private Agencies and Programs)

A primary mandate of the Brain Injury and Statewide Specialized Community Services Program (SHIP) is to provide training and consultation to agencies, programs and professionals throughout the Commonwealth, both public and private, so they may more effectively serve individuals with traumatic brain injuries (TBI).

SHIP Technical Assistance services provide training and consultation at no cost to any organization or professional currently providing services to individuals with TBI or interested in working with persons with TBI. SHIP Technical Assistance (TA) is provided by consulting clinicians, all of whom have experience in head injury rehabilitation. Consultants are available who specialize in neuropsychology, behavior management, substance abuse, cognitive therapy, vocational adjustment, assistive technology, sexuality issues and other areas of specialization. A general overview of the effects of traumatic brain injury is also available.

SHIP provides two distinct forms of Technical Assistance:

Programmatic:  SHIP consultants provide a general overview of the effects of TBI. General recommendations, strategies and suggestions are provided to the professional or organization for serving persons with TBI. Specific types of problems, behaviors, situations, or models of treatment or care may be discussed in this forum, but specific individuals cannot be identified, reviewed or discussed. The professional or organization need not be providing services to a SHIP-eligible consumer to request program Technical Assistance.

Consumer-specific: SHIP consultants address the particular needs, situation or circumstances of a specific SHIP-eligible consumer. This form of TA is available for individuals who have been determined eligible for SHIP services. The consultant can work directly with the service provider to identify strategies, develop service or behavioral plans, and make recommendations to enhance and improve consumer participation and/or service provision. SHIP has provided Technical Assistance to a wide spectrum of service providers such as home health agencies, independent mental health centers, elder home care agencies, vocational workshops, DDS and DMH residential and day programs, and VNAs.

If you are interested in Technical Assistance services, please call the SHIP Program at (617) 204-3852 and speak to the Service Coordinator for your region of the state or email to the address below.

Obtain information by calling (617) 204-3852 or toll-free (in Massachusetts only) 1-800-223-2559. TTY: (617) 204-3817. Or send an e-mail to

This information is provided by the Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission.