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Traumatic Brain Injury

PA Department of Health: Traumatic Brain Injury
The Pennsylvania Department of Health is committed to expanding public knowledge regarding Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) and increasing coordination and integration within existing service delivery systems, thereby enhancing the infrastructure needed to persons with TBI and their Families.

To learn more about services available for individuals with brain injury and their families, please contact the toll-free Brain Injury Help Line at 1-866-412-4755 and speak with a Brain Injury Specialist. Specialists are available from 8:30 am to 5:00 pm Monday through Friday.

Under contract from the Pennsylvania Department of Health and in partnership with the Pennsylvania Department of Education, the Brain Injury Association of Pennsylvania developed a Child and Adolescent Brain Injury School Re-entry Program called BrainSTEPS (Strategies, Teaching Educators, Parent and Students). BrainSTEPS is working to make sure that those who provide educational support to children with brain injury have a good understanding of brain injury, the resulting challenges, and supports and interventions that will assist these students achieve educational success through graduation.

Brain Injury Association of Pennsylvania (BIAPA)
BIAPA's mission is to foster a community of education, advocacy, support, and research to maximize the quality of life for those with brain injuries and their families. BIAPA's website provides education, advocacy, and program information.

Safety in Youth Sports Act (101 of 2011)
This law requires all school entities to develop return to play policies for student athletes with concussions. It also requires training for coaches. Resources for returning to play progressions can be found through the Center for Disease Control (CDC)'s Heads Up.

Center for Disease Control (CDC): HEADS UP to Youth Sports
To help ensure the health and safety of young athletes, CDC developed the HEADS UP Concussion in Youth Sports initiative to offer information about concussions to coaches, parents, and athletes involved in youth sports. The HEADS UP initiative provides important information on preventing, recognizing, and responding to a concussion.

PA Coalition Against Domestic Violence
The Pennsylvania Coalition Against Domestic Violence (PCADV) is a private, nonprofit organization working at the state and national levels to eliminate domestic violence, secure justice for victims, enhance safety for families and communities, and create lasting systems and social change.

PCADV coordinates these efforts with its statewide network of programs, which provides 24-hour emergency hotlines, shelter, counseling, legal advocacy and representation, healthcare-based advocacy, children's programs, transitional housing and many other free and confidential services.