The brain injury services program offered through Easterseals Crossroads is available state wide. Our experienced team is ready to identify specific resources such as therapy, support groups, education options, transportation assistance, social services and more so that adults with brain injuries can live as independently as possible.

Adult services at Easterseals Crossroads have long been positioned to serve individuals with brain injuries through day service options, employment services and assistive technology solutions. Brain injury services perfectly align with our existing array of service delivery within the agency. This service will create opportunities to more fully meet the needs of individuals living with disabilities in our community and our state.

A person living with a brain injury is capable and valuable to the community. Sometimes a person just needs supports and accommodations. More often than not, a person with a brain injury is able to live independently and contribute positively to their community.

Complete the brain injury services referral form.

Resource Facilitation

Resource Facilitation (RF) is a robust community-based public health model that has been proven to improve outcomes in both acute and chronic brain injury. RF is funded through Vocational Rehabilitation and offered free to participants, giving them the opportunity to work with a team of brain injury professionals to achieve return to work or return to school goals. 

 Functions of Resource Facilitation 

  • Provide brain injury specific education to individuals with brain injury and their families/caregivers
  • Proactively assist individuals identify, obtain and navigate needed services and supports
  • Promote brain injury informed care with other providers
  • Ensure collaboration, integration and coordination among providers and community-based resources

Neuro-Vocational Evaluation (NVE)

The NVE is an assessment of vocational and related goals, but also an initial assessment of a broad set of biopsychosocial variables that can influence vocational goal attainment and adjustment. The overall sectors of the assessment include: 

  • Behavioral and cognitive functioning, and as indicated: 
    • pain, 
    • depression, anxiety, and PTSD, 
    • sleep disturbance, and 
    • anger and aggression
  • Environmental conditions, including residential, legal, medical-health, relationships, and education and work
  • Family quality of life related to brain injury including caregiver strain, caregiver anxiety, feeling trapped, feelings of loss for self, and feelings of loss for the person with brain injury
  • Co-occurring health conditions that can influence health, level of disability and vocational and educational adjustment
  • Brain injury disability for abilities, social adjustment and participation in home and community activities
  • Substance abuse and emotional trauma 
  • The NVE is not a diagnostic assessment to determine if a person has a brain injury

This assessment identifies barriers to successful return to work or school, and maintenance or work or school stability. Through the NVE conference, resource facilitation priorities and strategies are developed to address these barriers.

Brain Injury Coping Skills Group (BICS)

BICS group has been created for people living with one or more brain injuries and who are at least six months post injury. The group includes caregivers and/or families. Anyone hoping to understand brain injury recovery will benefit from BICS.

BICS is a 15-week course during which sessions are designed to help people living with brain injury better understand the effects of brain injury and what to expect in terms of recovery. The course will incorporate the important role that family plays in rehabilitation and work through understanding emotions and ways of managing challenging behavioral and emotional situations. Stress management and problem-solving skills, including how to better cope with the effects of the injury on a long-term basis, will also be covered.

The goal of BICS is that all participants, with or without a brain injury, will be better equipped to cope with everyday life and challenges in particular.

BICS is held virtually so that anyone living with a brain injury in Indiana can participate. The program is provided through Vocational Rehabilitation at no charge.

Contact your Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor or Resource Facilitator for more information on how to enroll in our next BICS group.

BICS Quick Facts

  •  All participants should be prepared to spend most of the 15 sessions engaged.
  • Currently, BICS is structured for people living with brain injury AND caregivers to attend together, however there are often those living with brain injury who choose to attend without a caregiver. If you are a caregiver hoping to attend without someone living with brain injury, please contact us to discuss.
  • BICS is NOT a support group—it is a psycho-educational program that is structured to provide information in a supportive format.

Brain Injury Informed Psychotherapy

RF Psychotherapy is individualized to meet client needs as they arise and change over time. This service can be offered as a short- or long-term intervention, whichever is therapeutically prescribed to meet client goals. Psychotherapy can also be used as a bridge to appropriate community services, where a therapist will consult with local providers to ensure continuum of care.  

For more information about brain injury services, contact us.