Additional services through SHIP

The Statewide Head Injury Program (SHIP) offers many services to improve the lives of people with brain injuries.

Rolland Services

MRC supports individuals with developmental disabilities who moved out of nursing homes as part of the Rolland settlement so that individuals can live in settings that they choose. These include apartments, with their families, shared living, group homes, and assisted living. The individuals served determine the focus of the support services that MRC provides. Services include skills training, community activities, PCA management, health maintenance, promotion of wellness and quality of life.

These services are overseen by MRC Rolland Coordinators.

Elders and Traumatic Brain Injury – Federal Grant Program

MRC has a federal grant to improve outcomes for elders with a TBI. The “Improving the Massachusetts System of Care for Elders Sustaining a Traumatic Brain Injury” has connected brain injury services and elder services. The connections between the elder care system and the brain injury service system have created changes benefiting seniors with traumatic brain injury. The grant focuses on a pilot area of the state, Northeast and MetroWest, and ends in May, 2018.

Through partnership with the Brain Injury Association of Massachusetts of MA (BIA-MA) and other local/state agencies, this grant provides staff training on TBI, and brain injury resources.

The Project Advisory Board is made up of professionals, caregivers, and survivors. This group provides guidance and oversight on all aspects of the grant, and advocates for future service needs for elders with TBI.

For information on resources for elders with TBI please contact the Elder Information hotline (844-839-7154) at the BIA-MA or visit their website at www.biama.org.

Training for Schools, Families, Programs, and Agencies

Community Based Services provides training and consultation to help improve services for individuals with brain injuries. Training is available at no cost to agencies, programs and professionals throughout the Commonwealth working with individuals with brain injuries. Those interested in working with persons with brain injuries can also receive training.

Training is provided by consulting clinicians or staff with experience in head injury rehabilitation. Consultants are available who specialize in neuropsychology, behavior management, vocational adjustment, and other areas. A general overview of the cognitive and behavioral effects of brain injury is also available.

Training and in-service support is available to public and private school personnel. Training can support school personnel in understanding the symptoms and complications that may follow a TBI or concussion. Symptoms may include:

  • Motor coordination issues
  • Impairments of perception
  • Depression
  • Vomiting
  • Headache
  • Crying and inability to be consoled
  • Restlessness or irritability
  • Persistent headache, poor attention, and change in sleep pattern.

SHIP consultants provide a variety of trainings, including:

  • Core training of Traumatic Brain Injury and the Brain
  • Understanding Brain Injury and Its Effects
  • Acquired Brain Injury Training
  • Substance Abuse and TBI
  • Managing Challenging Behaviors with Clients with TBI and ABI
  • Psychotherapy for Clients with ABI or TBI
  • Blast TBI and Related Sequelae in Veterans
  • TBI in the Elder Population
  • Preventing and Managing Aggression in the TBI Population
  • How to Interpret and Utilize a Neuropsychological Report
  • Employment Related Issues For Clients with TBI

These trainings can accommodate various audiences of size and lengths of presentation.

How Do I Obtain Further Information about any of the SHIP programs and services?

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 SHIPU@MRC.state.ma.us

 

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