Category Description Resources
Education for Acquired Brain Injury Programs in Southern California
California Department of Rehabilitation Tuition Assistance
California TBI Advisory Board Policies, programs, and services impacting people with TBI, their families, and support systems.
Coastline College ABI Program
Mesa College of San Diego Acquired Brain Injury (ABI) Education Program
Santiago Canyon College Online Classes for Adults with Disabilities Program
The California Department of Rehab Provides services to people with disabilities including available loans for vocational rehabilitation and an assistive technology program. The website also lists all of California’s Independent Living Centers.
California Social Security Disability Services (For third-party assistance, please search on the web)
Fidicuary A third party that acts on behalf of the individual to manage assets.
General Brain Injury Resources
Brain Injury Association of America Links to basics of brain injury, protection, and advocacy resources.
Brain Injury Association of California Provides information, resources, education, advocacy and support for those affected by brain injury.
Center for Disease Control Traumatic Brain Injury Traumatic Brain Injury Resources for adults and children
Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center is a National organization that integrates specialized TBI care, research and education across military and veteran medical care systems. DVBIC now supports a network of 21 sites, operating out of 16 military treatment facilities and five Department of Veterans Affairs medical centers. The specific activities vary at each site and can include conducting research; assisting service members, veterans and their families locate support services; conducting educational and outreach activities; and assessing TBI injury data.
Disability Rights California Advocates, educates, investigates and litigates to advance and protect the rights of Californians with disabilities.
Head Trauma Support Project of Sacramento The Head Trauma Support Project (HTSP) assists families of adults with acquired brain injury (ABI) united to support one another throughout the journey.
National Association of State Head Injury Administrators Source of Information for state policies, best practices and national trends.
National Brain Injury Resources
BrainLine-National Brain Injury Resources
Links to National Brain Injury Resources.
San Diego Brain Injury Foundation An online resource for brain injury survivors, their families and support community. Serves San Diego County.
TBI Services Santa Clara Valley and Northern CA (TBIRD) TBI services in the Santa Clara Valley area, and throughout Northern California
Traumatic Brain Injury Resources San Diego The San Diego Brain Injury Foundation (SDBIF) is a resource for brain injury survivors in San Diego County, as well as their caregivers and their families, to provide information, support, education, and community awareness.
Traumatic Brain Injury Survival Guide Link to online book with primary goal to better prepare the head injured person and family for the long road ahead.
Government Resources/Assistance
Social Security Disability (SSDI) To qualify for SSDI, you have a substantial work history (40 work credits) in the past 5 years (paid your social security taxes per paycheck).
Social Security Disability (SSDI) vs State Disability
All of these are government benefits, but differ from one
Insurance (SDI) vs. Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
State Disability Insurance (SDI) via California Employment Development Department Temporary work disability insurance that your employer will submit, should you be unable to work due to a disability for 6 months to a year. After 6 months, SDI will need to become SSDI.
Supplemental Security Income (SSI) via Social Security If you do not have 40 work credits, you may be eligible for SSI SSI is needs based and based on whether you are able to work You will need a physician report to determine if you cannot return to work to assist with SSI benefit determination.
Care Agape Assistance for living placement/assistance applying for housing waivers. MediCal waiver.
Howard House 24 long and short term Adult Residential Treatment home in Escondido, CA.
Ryan's Reach Assistance for Brain Injured who cannot afford therapy and assistance with housing and respite care (Tustin, CA).
Independent Living Aids
Aids for Daily Living (ADLs) to help patients with physical limitations remain independent in each of the six primary Activities of Daily Living: mobility, dressing, grooming and hygiene, bathing, toileting, and self-feeding.
Substance Abuse
Alcoholics Anonymous (AA). AA is an international fellowship of men and women who have had a drinking problem. AA is a12-Step Recovery program from Alcoholism.
Alcoholics Anonymous Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Alcoholics Anonymous Materials
Alcoholics Anonymous Meeting directory
Narcotics Anonymous (NA) NA offers recovery from the effects of addiction through working a twelve-step program, including regular attendance at group meetings. The groups offer an ongoing support network for addicts who wish to pursue and maintain a drug-free lifestyle.
Narcotics Anonymous (NA) Meeting Locator
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) A free, confidential, 24/7, 365-day-a-year treatment referral and information service (in English and Spanish) for individuals and families facing mental and/or substance use disorders.
Support and Crisis
2-1-1 Federal resource you can contact by telephone or online for connection to resources in your local area.
Didi Hirsch Suicide Prevention
National Alliance on Mental Illness -Warm Line, Peer to Peer & live Chat
National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) support Groups National Alliance on Mental Illness, the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness.
National Suicide Prevention 24 hrs
Support Groups
B.R.A.I.N Friends of Brain Injury (F.B.I.) Tuesday’s 5-7 pm
Bridging the Gap-Claremont CA Tuesdays at 10 AM — Support Group Meeting for survivors, caregivers, family and friends
Bridging the Gap-Claremont CA Call: Celeste at (909) 260-0980 or Email: (You'll be added to a list to get the unique meeting ID and password the day before each Tuesday's meetings).
Head Trauma Support Project Virtual support groups-Thursdays 640-8pm
Jodi House Brain Injury Support Center of Santa Barbara Virtual Support Group Friday’s 11 am
Jodi House Support Group or Call: 1-669-900-6833. (The meeting ID is 995 679 9150)
San Diego Brain Injury Foundation Support Groups (SDBIF)
San Francisco Support Services Assistance for families and caregivers.
St Jude Brain Injury Support Group
Career Exploration Find career, training and job search resources.
Department of Rehabilitation How to apply to get back to work activity, ranging from volunteer work to part-time, full-time, to supported employment
Department of Rehabilitation Assistance with employment and independent living
Department of Rehabilitation services for TBI survivors
Social Security and Working while disabled resource assistance
SSA Choose Work Assistance Assistance with applying for employment and volunteer opportunities