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Crossroads to Brain Injury Recovery

Mission: Crossroads to Brain Injury Recovery’s (Crossroads) mission is to improve the quality of life for those affected by brain injury by ensuring that individuals and their caregivers have access to the information, resources, and services they need to lead more independent and productive lives.

Community Need: Every 23 seconds, an individual in the U.S. sustains a traumatic brain injury (TBI). According to the Brain Injury Association of Virginia and based on Virginia Trauma Registry statistics, 9,435 individuals who reside in their 5-county area were admitted to hospitals for TBI’s and stroke from April 2015 to March 2016. Of those, 5,952 were admitted for TBI’s. TBI is the leading cause of disability in people under age 40 worldwide, according to the World Health Organization. Many people with brain injuries need long-term services and supports. The Virginia Statewide TBI Action Plan highlights the need for services such as those provided by Crossroads to help bridge the gap in services and help individuals maximize independence.

Constituents Served: Children, youth, and adults who have a documented acquired or traumatic brain injury who reside in Augusta, Bath, Highland, Rockbridge and Rockingham counties and cities therein, are eligible for their services. In 2016 Crossroads served 65 unique individuals. In 2017 they served 63 individuals (12% aged 0-17 years; 3% aged 18-23 years; 19% aged 24-44%; 30% aged 45-54; 36% aged 55 and over).

Primary Activities: Crossroads provides comprehensive case management, life skills training, and behavioral supports for persons with brain injury.  Their program goal is to increase the quality of life for persons with brain injury by:

  • Increasing self-sufficiency and independence
  • Increasing participation in meaningful, productive activities in the community
  • Ensuring physical, mental and emotional well-being

Crossroads helps clients by providing intensive case management, life skills training and behavior support.  They utilize an inter-professional team to assess and make treatment recommendations and provide for more in-depth evaluations.  Moreover, they train individuals on use of assistive technology and compensatory strategies, as well as provide education to the community.

Additionally, Crossroads participated in 48 “community impact” activities during the fiscal year allowing us to reach thousands of individuals from their service area. Some of these outreach efforts included: (a) hosting and facilitating a Chronic Disease Self-Management Workshop series in collaboration with Valley Program for Aging Services; (b) Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) trainings with law enforcement; and (c) an in-service training on domestic violence and brain injury with a local housing authority and women’s shelter.  They will continue to build the capacity of the organization to address the needs of pediatric clients and conduct outreach activities in the community.

Amount Requested: $3,500

Operating Budget: $269,525

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