About Brain Injury Services
Since 1989, Brain Injury Services (BIS) has taken a leadership role in developing community-based services for residents of Northern Virginia, Fredericksburg, and the surrounding counties who have experienced a brain injury. BIS takes pride in serving children, adults, veterans, and families who have suffered the life-altering effects of a brain injury. Our mission is to empower those impacted by brain injury.
In collaboration with individual donors, corporate partners, foundations and private funders, Brain Injury Services leverages funding with government funding to create and implement unique services that expand our reach to individuals who have experienced a brain injury.
In the early 1980s, caregivers of adult survivors with an acquired brain injury in Fairfax County, Virginia, searched for local independent housing. With housing unavailable for this population, they began raising money to provide housing and other supportive services.
Years of grassroots fundraising and awareness efforts produced $18,000; a sizable amount of money but a drop in the bucket compared to what would be needed by a group of individuals with brain injuries. Realizing these individuals also needed to benefit from a multitude of basic social services, the caregivers found that survivors of acquired brain injury were often referred to services for the mental health field.
In 1988, the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors commissioned a study to determine what services were available for residents with an acquired brain injury. The study demonstrated that little to nothing was available, specifically for the citizens of Fairfax County.
Brain Injury Services (BIS), then called Head Injury Services Partnership, was officially founded in 1989 as the pilot program for Fairfax County to become the first community-based agency in Virginia to specialize in serving individuals with an acquired brain injury.
With the support of the Virginia General Assembly, through the passage of state budget amendments, BIS has been able to increase the scope and extent of our services to cover Northern Virginia and Fredericksburg.
In 1990, the Beyer Commission Report, issued by the Commission, led by Lieutenant Governor Donald S. Beyer, Jr, recommended creating a coordinated service delivery system that featured consumer choice, state investment, and local involvement. A major outcome of this report was the development of a legislative Commission that addressed brain injury and other related disabilities.
Since then, the unmet service needs of individuals with physical and sensory disabilities have been addressed by the Disability Commission, a legislative Commission, that is staffed by the Virginia Board for People with Disabilities. The Commission provided a vehicle for advancing budget proposals and addressing policy issues within a vision for a service system that is coordinated, community-based, and consumer-driven. It has been through the members of the Disability Commission’s support and many Virginia Legislators that BIS has been able to increase its funding for innovative services for persons with brain injuries.
In January 2001, BIS received accreditation by The Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF), for its Medical Rehabilitation Case Management Programs. At that time, BIS was one of only three community-based brain injury programs in the nation to be certified in Medical Rehabilitation Case Management. The accreditation was renewed in 2004, 2007, 2010, 2013 and 2016 and 2019. The accreditation in 2010 included both clubhouse programs. CARF certification is an objective measure of a variety of fundamental assets that organizations like BIS should have, including effective leadership, employee safety programs, and many other critical processes and resources. Our certification recognizes BIS as an accountable community-based service.
- 2019 Added Veterans Integration Program
- 2016 Added as a vetted charity in the Greater Washington Area Catalogue for Philanthropy (Learn More)
- 2014 Fairfax Chamber of Commerce “Nonprofit of the Year”
- 2010 Civil Justice Foundation Award Winner of 20 years – “Years of Excellence”
- Recognition by the House and Senate of Virginia’s General Assembly for 25 Years of Service to Citizens with Brain Injury and their Families
Brain Injury Services has been accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) since 2001. CARF certification is an objective measure of a variety of fundamental assets organizations like ours should have – including such basics as having effective leadership, employee safety programs, and many other critical processes and resources. It represents our commitment to continually improve our services and meet high standards in service delivery.