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Legislative Update: BIAMI & CABT Partners Win 1st Round in Defeating Heavy Truck Legislation!19-Jul-2017

Comparison of truck sizes CABT, the Coalition Against Bigger Trucks, strongly supported by BIAMI, successfully kept an amendment allowing bigger trucks from inclusion in a Transportatio.. Read More...

No-Fault: Fix It, Don't Nix It15-May-2017

"Bad Behavior Also Applies to Insurance Companies" Thanks to the FREEP’s JC Reindl for an informative overview of Michigan’s auto no-fault situation. The series shines in underscoring.. Read More...

Capitol Day, Annual Meeting, and Spring Fling03-Apr-2017

On Wednesday, May 17th, we will be gathering in the Mackinaw Room for Capitol Day 2017. It's a chance for brain injury survivors, their friends and family members, caregivers, and professionals to.. Read More...

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BIA HOME : Support Information

Support Information

After a brain injury, confusing issues may arise in returning to school or work, changing family relationships, and with physical, behavioral, emotional and financial concerns. Our Information & Referral Specialists are available to help guide persons and their families through these difficult situations. The specialists will provide information, resources, advocacy, and other types of support as needed. This service is free and referrals are welcome.

Survivors enjoying a meal during a chapter meeting

Information and Resource Center (I & R) is to provide the best available information about brain injury to Michigan residents. Information about brain injury, its effects on the family, physical, cognitive, behavioral and emotional changes on the individual, child or adolescent injuries, specialized services, are provided with practical suggestions for living with a brain injury.

Life after brain injury is challenging for the individual and their family and friends.  Many times families feel unprepared to deal with the many questions being asked of them. Questions often arise about available resources, funding, housing, employment, etc. The Brain Injury Association of Michigan's Helpline helps answer many of these questions by pointing callers toward resources, services, and supports. We will help you find the answers you need to make an informed decision.

Family Helpline: 800-444-6443

E-mail support info@biami.org

Hours of Operation

The Helpline is open during the Association's regular business hours, Monday through Friday from 8:30 am to 5:00 pm. Information and Resources Specialists respond to all requests in as timely a manner as possible, usually within one business day. Responses to requests for information are not intended to replace medical, legal or professional advice, but to provide a person with some of the resources available to help them make an informed choice.

Ask Us Your Questions ↓

These are just a few examples of the questions we help with everyday:

• My husband suffered a brain injury months ago and isn’t better. I’m taking care of him and my kids. Now I need a job, what do I do?
• They want to send my mom home from rehab, but she can’t be left alone. What now?
• The insurance company sent me to their doctor and they don’t think there's anything wrong. I'm still having problems. I don't understand.
• My son was in an auto accident and is in coma, what can we expect?
• What is the difference between auto no-fault and health insurance?
• My daughter had a brain injury a few months ago. She wants her to graduate next month and start college in the fall. Any helpful tips?
• My brother had a TBI many years ago, but seems to be getting worse. And he's so lonely and isolated now. How can I help?
• My daughter had a stroke; she’s 36. She's back home with 3 small children. Her husband is looking for family counseling. Where can they get help?

When you call, an I & R Specialist will ask you questions that help us provide the most appropriate resources and suggestions to meet your needs. When did the injury happen? How old was s/he at the time of injury? Do you have medical insurance? How is s/he doing now? All information is confidential.

Who We Serve ↓

Brain Injury Association of Michigan offers support to individuals who have sustained a brain injury, their families and friends, professionals, service providers, and the general public. Our Information & Resource Staff can also provide:

• Assistance in locating appropriate services
• Brain injury resources, books and brochures
• Information about how brain injury may affect an individual’s return to home, school, work and their community
• Help to find the nearest Brain Injury Support Group in your local area
• Information on upcoming BIAMI sponsored events and programs, including.workshops, trainings and conferences
• Information about other BIAMI services such as membership, advocacy, outreach and other BIAMI programs
• Information on brain injury research

Support Groups ↓

The Brain Injury Association of Michigan may suggest you talk with one of the support groups throughout Michigan. Support groups enable individuals to exchange ideas in a confidential atmosphere where both positive and negative views can be expressed without being judged. Remember – you are not alone. Support groups provide:

• Hope
• Information
• Friendship
• Sharing
• Problem-solving
• Personal growth
• Self-advocacy

There are 19 chapters and support groups meeting monthly, with membership ranging from 50 to 125 each. Contact information on support group activities is available. We encourage you to contact several groups to find the one that best meets your needs. Support groups meet monthly throughout Michigan, allowing people with brain injuries and their families to connect with others in similar situations, gain valuable emotional support and friendships, and hear speakers discuss a variety of brain injury-related topics.

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Complete list of support groups.