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Resource Facilitation-Best Practices Manual for Return to Work/School

Resource Facilitation: Indiana Best Practices Manual for Return-to- Work or Return-to-School     Click on the read more button to get a link to download the full manual.  Once you… Read More

Multicenter Evaluation of Memory Remediation after TBI with Donepezil (MEMRI-TBI-D Study)

Multicenter Evaluation of Memory Remediation after TBI with Donepezil (MEMRI-TBI-D Study) March 10, 2015 Flora Hammond, MD (PI); Funded by National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR).  This study… Read More

Lifestyle Management in Spinal Cord Injury

New RHI Research Study, seeking participants: Lifestyle Management in Spinal Cord Injury: This pilot study is modeled on a successful lifestyle change program conducted at the University of Pittsburgh.  Based… Read More

Brain Injury Association of America ~ The Challenge

Flora M. Hammond, M.D. is featured as one of the TBI Model Systems Researchers in the Fall Edition of the Brain Injury Association of America ‘The Challenge’ Publication. Click on… Read More

Flora M. Hammond, M.D. Joins Medical Issues Panel of BIAA /Mount Sinai TBI Rehabilitation Guidelines Project

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE October 24, 2014   CONTACT: Stephanie S. Hale, BAA, Marketing Public Relations and Marketing Off.: 317-329-2093 Cell: 317-626-2910 stephanie.hale@rhin.com         Flora M. Hammond, M.D.… Read More

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Developing and Translating a Statewide System of Support and Collaboration Into Local Support Networks Integrated Through Resource Facilitation May 14th, 2009

Lance Trexler, PhD (PI), Laura Trexler, OTR, Anna Garrett (Brain Injury Association of Indiana), Alan Neuenschwander, and Nancy Griffin; funded by the Human Resources and Services Administration through the Indiana Bureau of Vocational Rehabilitation with the Rehabilitation Hospital of Indiana Foundation.

Following acquired brain injury (ABI) and acute hospitalization and rehabilitation, the survivor and their families are challenged to discover what resources are available through various public and private sector organizations.  Each organization has different accessibility criteria, priorities, and processes.  Each survivor and family is left to rediscover how to navigate the maze to recovery and re-integration into the community following brain injury. As a consequence, work outcomes following moderate to severe brain injury are typically less than 40%, and typically around 30% for working age patients.  Access to coordination of resources is intended to increase access and appropriate use of services, and to improve vocational outcome.

This is a four year grant from the Human Resources and Services Administration through the Indiana Bureau of Vocational Rehabilitation with the Rehabilitation Hospital of Indiana Foundation.  The goal of this project is to establish brain injury specific integrated, proactive and coordinated systems of supports and services at state and local levels to improve vocational outcomes for individuals after a brain injury. This project calls for the establishment of the Indiana Brain Injury Leadership Board which will oversee the development of the community based Local Support Networks (LSN).  The LSNs will provide an integrated and coordinated network of support from participating private and public resources.  The LSNs will also link the survivor and their family to Resource Facilitation services.

Resource Facilitation methods and activities include:

  • Assessment to identify current status, needs and resources in life domains;
    • Planning and documentation mutually agreed upon, person-centered goals and service/resource needs;
    • Identification of community-based resources, whenever possible, for services and supports, including emotional supports. Evaluate, through subjective report from participants, effectiveness of what has been utilized in the past;
    • Facilitation of access to resources through education and advocacy;
      • Proactive monitoring of the status of the plan as well as the quality and appropriateness of the services and supports, and resources through telephone or internet contact, or personal contact when able.  Contact with either the caregiver or the individual with a brain injury occurred, at a minimum of, every two weeks; and
      • Provision of education to the individual with a brain injury and principal support/caregiver.  Education will include information on Brain Injury, personal advocacy and partnership development and the development and maintenance of a personalized Resource Facilitation Handbook including a projected discharge plan.