Statewide Head Injury Program (SHIP)

The Statewide Head Injury Program (SHIP) provides services to eligible people with external traumatic brain injuries.

The Statewide Head Injury Program (SHIP) is one of the programs of the Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission’s Community Based Services.

What could SHIP do for me?

We provide:

  • Skills Training: Helping you to learn the skills you need to live in the community.
  • Adult Companions: Provides companionship and social activities. This aide can also be used so a caregiving family can take a break.
  • Residential Services: Provided in a home setting for more than one individual. Supervision and support is provided around the clock. Availability is very limited due to funding.
  • Shared Living: Living in a paid caregiver’s home. The caregiver helps you with your everyday needs. Availability is limited due to funding.
  • SHIP – Brain Injury Community Centers: The centers are site-based rehabilitation program that provide support through a membership-based program. Each Center becomes a community, with staff and members working together to develop and manage the Center and Center services. This work supports the growth of members’ skills and self-esteem. Members, with the support of staff, develop personal goals that are supported through the engagement of the member in the program. 

Additional Resources

SHIP Eligibility:

To be eligible for SHIP services you must

  • be a resident of Massachusetts AND
  • have a confirmed injury to the brain caused by something outside of the brain AND
  • have difficulty managing your everyday life since the injury due to difficulties caused by the brain injury AND
  • be willing and able to participate in and benefit from services

How do I apply?

Apply Online 
If you need assistance while filling out this application, please call  MRC Connect at 617-204-3665. 

MRC Connect includes an online referral application that collects needed information across several MRC programs. This application helps you and MRC match needs to the available programs you may be eligible for.

Additional Resources

Contact   for Statewide Head Injury Program (SHIP)

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