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COVID-19 UPDATE

Our services have been adapted to an online format to support our clients.  Brain Injury Services continues to develop policies and preventive measures to minimize risks for both our clients and staff.

Support Groups, Workshops, and services that require multiple people to gather are operating virtually.  BIS community volunteers are providing virtual support to our clients.

Starting May 2021, Brain Injury Services will begin a hybrid model of service and activity at ADAPT and Fredericksburg. Both programs will meet one day a week.  Clients will be required to wear a face mask while in the building.  Clients will be allowed breaks outdoors during the day to help with mask fatigue. The ADAPT and Fredericksburg day program managers will be reaching out to clients to share the in-person and virtual programming.

Be assured that the health and safety of our employees, families, and communities are our top priority. We remain diligent in monitoring the evolving Coronavirus pandemic in our region to ensure we stay up to date on the latest guidelines and regulations.

Please call (703) 451-8881 with any questions or concerns.

Individual Program Updates

If you are interested in learning more or starting services with Brain Injury Services, call (703) 451-8881 or fill out our Get Started Form.

ComPASS Program
ComPASS is providing virtual consultations, individual sessions, and groups. The frequency of services varies depending on the client’s needs and therapist recommendations. Clients have been served via Zoom, Chrome Remote Desktop, Windows Quick Assist, and phone.

Vocational Program 
The Vocational Program is providing services virtually! This includes regular phone calls, Zoom meetings, and email updates. We can complete intakes, and tasks like interview prep via Zoom. We are also doing team meetings with clients and other members of their team virtually.

Pediatric Case Management Program
The PEDS Program is offering either zoom meetings, phone conferences, and phone check-in meetings. We are communicating with families at least once a month. We are also participating in IEP meetings virtually or by phone conference.

Adult Case Management Program 
The Adult Case Management Program continues to provide case management services to their clients virtually and operates during normal business hours via phone, email, or zoom. Several types of virtual groups are currently offered.

PALS & Person-Centered Programs
PALS matches are connecting via zoom chats, phone calls, texts, and social media interactions monthly/bi-monthly. Speakers Bureau is up and running online. Speeches are now presented in a virtual format.

Fredericksburg Day Program
The Day Program is offering virtual cognitive games & skills, wellness & exercise, educational presentations, and social groups – five days a week! Journal Group & Men’s Group runs online, twice a month. Individual sessions are held by appointment. The Day Program can provide some technical assistance and review technology purchase opportunities for clients, please contact us for more details. Please let us know we can support your access to virtual services!

ADAPT Clubhouse
ADAPT is continuing with 5 virtual units a week including art, communications, kitchen, wellness, and a social hour. In-person services offer these units with the addition of the garden unit. There are new hybrid activities including Morning Meeting and shared unit exercises. ADAPT members have helped plan each unit’s agenda and some have taken lead on presenting various topics!

Counseling 
Our in-house therapist is currently offering one on one counseling and group counseling via Zoom for clients for the entire service area. She is also offering two ongoing groups via Zoom which run bi-monthly and is co-facilitating the Caregiver Fundamentals once a month!

Support Groups 
Our groups will continue to be virtual through August 31, 2021. Please check out our calendar on our website under News & Events or e-newsletter sent out to BIS clients.

For the latest information about the COVID-19, visit virginia.gov/coronavirus or CDC.gov/coronavirus.

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Brain Injury Services During COVID-19 Update (January 2021)

During these unprecedented times, Brain Injury Services would like you to know that the health and safety of our employees, families, and community is our top priority. As we are closely monitoring the COVID-19 pandemic in our region, our team has been working to ensure that we stay up to date on the latest guidelines and regulations.

As of now, Brain Injury Services is virtual and will remain virtual through the end of March 31, 2020.

Our services have been adapted to an online format to ensure that our clients are still receiving the support they need. BIS has and will continue to develop policies and preventive measures to minimize risks for both our clients and staff. 

If you are currently or would be interested in participating in services, Brain Injury Services is currently offering the following: 

Pediatric Case Management Program 

The Pediatric Case Management Program is offering zoom meetings or phone conferences and phone check-in meetings. We are communicating with families at least once a month. We are also participating in IEP meetings virtually or by phone conference. 

Adult Case Management Program 

The Adult Case Management Program continues to provide case management services to their clients virtually and operate during normal business hours via phone, email, or zoom. Several types of virtual groups are currently offered. 

PALS & Person-Centered Programs 

PALS matches are connecting with via zoom chats, phone calls, texts and social media interactions monthly/bi-monthly. Speakers Bureau is up and running online. Speeches are now presented in a virtual format and we have 9 set up for the fall/winter months! 

Fredericksburg Day Program 

The Day Program is offering virtual cognitive games & skills, wellness & exercise, educational presentations and social groups – five days a week! The Journal Group and Men’s Group are running online. Individual sessions are held by appointment. The Day Program can provide some technical assistance and review technology purchase opportunities for clients. Please contact us for more details.

ADAPT Clubhouse 

ADAPT is offering 5 units a week including art, communications, kitchen, wellness, and a social hours. ADAPT members have helped plan each unit’s agenda and some have taken lead on presenting various topics! ADAPT’s virtual format has allowed participants who previously had transportation difficulties to attend more regularly.

ComPASS Program 

ComPASS is providing virtual consultations, individual sessions, and groups. The frequency of services varies depending on the client needs and therapist recommendations. Clients have been served via Zoom, Chrome Remote Desktop, Windows Quick Assist, and phone. 

Vocational Program 

The Vocational Program is providing services virtually! This includes regular phone calls, Zoom meetings, and email updates. We can complete intakes, and tasks like interview prep via Zoom.

We are able to complete intakes, and tasks like interview prep via Zoom. We are also doing team meetings with clients and other members of their team virtually. 

Counseling 

Our in-house therapist is currently offering one-on-one counseling and group counseling via Zoom for clients for the entire service area. She is also offering two bi-monthly support groups and co-facilitating the Caregiver Fundamentals once a month via Zoom.  

Groups 

Our groups continue to be virtual. Please check out the calendar on our website under News & Events or e-newsletter sent out to BIS clients. 

Please contact us with any questions or concerns.

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Passport Auto Donates Van to Support A Brain Injury Services Pediatric Client’s Family

July 30th, 2020

Contact:

Aleena Gardezi

agardezi@braininjurysvcs.org

703-451-8881 ext. 238

Springfield, VA (July 30, 2020)— — Passport Auto Group, which includes several car dealerships located in the Washington, DC area and serve Northern Virginia and Maryland customers has donated a minivan to a *pediatric client’s family that works with Brain Injury Services (BIS).

The family needed transportation, which needed to have room for a car seat, a booster seat, and wheelchair, but transmission and additional repair costs outweighed the value of the van.

Cross reached out to over 125 people at dealerships, until she got a response from Everett Hellmuth, President at Passport Auto Group, who agreed to an even trade for the family to receive a safe and functioning van.       

“The Passport Auto Team was honored to help this family in this difficult time,” Hellmuth explained. “While we can’t help all in need, we are aware of the need in the local community and try to be a partner with local organizations.” 

“When I read the email from Cynthia Cross, the Pediatric Case Manager, I was really touched by her commitment in helping this family. Her dedication to both her job and helping others is something we at Passport Auto strive for every day,” added Chesney Hellmuth Floyd, Marketing Manager at Passport Auto Group. “We are thrilled that Passport is able to make an impact and give back to the community, and it wouldn’t have been possible without Cynthia and Brain Injury Services.”

Passport Auto Group has partnered with many local organizations including the Alexandria Seaport Foundation Campagna Center, Carpenter’s Shelter, and Women of Prince George’s.

“We are very grateful to Everett and Passport Auto Group for their very generous and thoughtful donation, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Denise Hyater, Executive Director at BIS.  “It’s always inspiring and encouraging to see local businesses support those in need.”

*The family that received the donation has asked to remain anonymous* 

About Brain Injury Services:

For over 30 years, Brain Injury Services has been empowering those impacted by brain injury through offering innovative programming and services that meet the needs of survivors of brain injuries and their families. Each year, Brain Injury Services assists over a1000 individuals and families who have experienced the devastating effects of brain injury, stroke, and concussion. We provide this assistance through core programs, including case management, specialized programs, and multiple support groups. Our services extend throughout Northern Virginia, Fredericksburg, Winchester, and the surrounding counties. Find out more at braininjurysvcs.org.

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We are still here for you!

Brain Injury Services recognizes the two potentially deadly viruses currently facing our country: COVID-19 pandemic and racial inequity. We are aware of the anxieties and fears both viruses may trigger – especially for those with a brain injury.  We are committed to supporting every member of our brain injury community through innovative programs and services and remain dedicated to our mission of empowering those impacted by a brain injury.  

We support keeping our communities safe and the fight for equality everywhere.

-Brain Injury Services and the Board of Directors

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Brain Injury Services During COVID-19 Update

Brain Injury Services receives up to date information about quarantine requirements through the counties we serve and the Virginia Department of Health.  As a vital business in Northern Virginia, we are aware of the state’s phased approach to reopening businesses.  Because of vulnerabilities and co-morbidities our population faces, we believe it is in the best interest of our clients, staff, and their families to continue to offer virtual case management, groups, and other brain injury services until further notice. We will reassess our operating status on a weekly basis.

When we believe it is safe to return to regular BIS activities and when we have procedures in place to maintain a healthy environment, we will announce how we will safely reopen in-person programs and services for clients.  Please monitor BIS’s social media and website announcements for our reopening plans and other news.