Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
A brain injury is any injury that results in brain cell death and loss of function. A traumatic
brain injury (TBI) is an external trauma to the head or violent movement of the head, such as from a fall, car crash or being shaken.
TBI is complex and unpredictable in its outcomes. Serious injury can occur without obvious physical disabilities. Both mild and severe TBI can result in lifelong impairments - requiring long-term care services. In cases of stroke, drowning, or asphyxiation, the brain injury incurred is called an Acquired Brain Injury (ABI) and treatment and services may differ from those described herein.
TBI Resulting From an Automobile Accident
In Michigan, about 30% of traumatic brain injuries are caused by car crashes. Michigan has the most comprehensive no-fault automobile insurance system in the nation. The services provided to persons with TBI through automobile insurance companies are typically very good and comprehensive.
To avoid losing your benefits, immediate action needs to be taken by contacting the automobile insurance agent, or Consumer Services, Division of Insurance, PO Box 30220, Lansing, MI 48090-7720 or 877-999-6442.
Federal Agency Honors Michigan's Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) Project
The Health Resources and Services Administration, a Department of Health and Human Services federal agency, awarded the Michigan Department of Community Health (MDCH) TBI Services and Prevention Council (SPC) the 2013 Federal TBI Program Award for Most Adapted State Agency Grant Product. This award recognizes Michigan for developing a widely used or recognized product that has been adapted for use in other states.
Educational Materials and Links
• Educational Materials for Providers and Consumers
- Michigan TBI Training
Learn more about TBI through three free, self-paced online training courses. Providers may earn continuing education credits.
- Michigan Resource Guide (MRG) and other resources are available to help persons with TBI find the services they need as well as helpful information for providers and families.
• Traumatic Brain Injury in Americans 65 and Older Can Result From Falling The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported in the June 2008 issue of the Journal of Safety Research that nearly 8,000 deaths and 56,000 hospitalizations in 2005 were adults aged 65 and over with a Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) resulting from a fall.
• Recovering from Mild Traumatic Brain Injury/Concussion
A Guide for Patients and Their Families.
This ten page booklet provides answers to questions commonly asked by patients and their family members following a mild traumatic brain injury - also known as a concussion.
• Protecting Against Brain Injury (Concussion) During Sports Activities
Information about recognition and treatment of brain injuries (concussions) that can occur during sports activities. The CDC has produced materials to help school officials, coaches, parents, families and athletes identify signs of brain injury - including concussions - and take steps to prevent permanent brain damage to young athletes.
• Links to Additional Organizations and Services Where to find more information about TBI and available services.
Michigan Veterans and TBI
• Michigan Veterans and TBI Veterans returning from combat may have a traumatic brain injury (TBI) caused by direct or indirect involvement with an improvised explosive device (IED), mortars, grenades, bullets, car accidents or falls.
Medicaid and TBI
Improving Services for TBI
• MDCH Service Improvment Efforts
The TBI Services and Prevention Council (SPC), advisors to MDCH for the TBI project, helps guide MDCH and other public agencies in implementing the TBI systems change efforts.
The following project reports are also included:
- Report of a five-year study on how to best address the needs of Michigan citizens living with a disability due to TBI.
- Highlights of the TBI project.