Polytrauma/TBI System of Care
Partners & Resources
Defense TBI Center of Excellence (TBI CoE), formerly known as the Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center (DVBIC)
The Defense TBI CoE focuses on clinical support tools, clinical research initiatives, and educational programs in support of TBI service members, veterans, caregivers and providers. As the TBI Pathway of Care manager for the Military Health System, their work promotes state-of-the-science care from point-of-injury to reintegration to prevent and mitigate the consequences of TBI. To learn more about the Defense TBI CoE, visit https://health.mil/About-MHS/OASDHA/Defense-Health-Agency/Research-and-Development/Traumatic-Brain-Injury-Center-of-Excellence or call 1-800-870-9244.
Wounded Warrior Project's Warrior Care Network
Wounded Warrior Project® partners with four world-renowned academic medical centers, to form Warrior Care Network®, healing invisible wounds of service and improving the psychological healing of our nation's veterans. The Warrior Care Network program provides veterans living with PTSD, TBI, and related conditions with a path to long-term wellness. Learn more at: www.woundedwarriorproject.org/programs/warrior-care-network
Marcus Institute for Brain Health
VA is working with the Marcus Institute for Brain Health (MIBH) to coordinate a continuum of care for Veterans who are treated at the MIBH to receive a before and/or after care in the VA Health Care System. The primary focus of the MIBH is to care for former military personnel who have separated from active duty, with special consideration for those who were separated with “Other Than Honorable” or “Dishonorable” discharge status due to Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) or Psychological Health (PH) conditions. Learn more at: medschool.cuanschutz.edu/mibh
Extremity Amputation Center of Excellence (EACE)
The Extremity Trauma and Amputation Center of Excellence (EACE) is the leading advocate for research and treatment of Department of Defense and Department of Veterans Affairs patients with extremity trauma and amputation. Working with TRICARE, the Military Health System, Veterans Health Administration and other Centers of Excellence, the EACE will lead efforts to enhance collaboration between the Department of Defense and the Department of Veterans Affairs extremity trauma and amputee care providers and conduct scientific research to minimize the effects of traumatic injuries and improve clinical outcomes. To learn more about EACE, visit hwww.health.mil/About_MHS/Organizations/EACE.aspx**
Department of Defense (DoD) Mental Health Self Assessment Program
Anonymous self-assessments are available for depression, bipolar disorder, alcohol use, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and generalized anxiety disorder. Individualized results and military health resources, including TRICARE, Vet Centers, and Military OneSource are provided at the end of every assessment. Learn more at www.defense.gov/home/features/2010/0810_restoringhope_resources/ * and www.militarymentalhealth.org/.**
National Center for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
This is a special center within the Department of Veterans Affairs created to advance the clinical care and social welfare of America’s Veterans through research, education, and training in the science, diagnosis, and treatment of PTSD and stress-related disorders. Learn more at www.ncptsd.va.gov/index.html.
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
The Preventing Suicide Network has a crisis phone line at 1-800-273-8255. Visit www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org/Veterans/default.aspx for problem-specific information about suicide prevention in the military.
Office of Personnel Management, Federal Employment of People with Disabilities
Visit www.opm.gov/disability* for information about federal disability hiring programs and about workplace accomodation.
Veterans who are enrolled in a VA facility, registered on My HealtheVet, and complete the one-time In-Person Authentication process can refill their VA prescriptions online by viewing their Rx medication names (not just the Rx numbers), get VA Wellness Reminders, and when available, participate in Secure Messaging with their health care team. Learn more at www.myhealth.va.gov/.
Veterans Affairs Social Work
Social workers can be found in all program areas in VA medical centers, and are ready to help with most any question or concern. A social worker can help a Veteran or Servicemember seek financial or housing assistance, apply for benefits from the VA, Social Security, and other government and community programs, arrange for respite care for his or her caregiver, and other critical aspects of life. Learn more at www.socialwork.va.gov/socialworkers.asp.
Fisher House Foundation
Because members of the military and their families are stationed worldwide and must often travel great distances for specialized medical care, Fisher House Foundation donates "comfort homes," built on the grounds of major military and VA medical centers. These homes enable family members to be close to a loved one at the most stressful times - during the hospitalization for an unexpected illness, disease, or injury. Learn more at www.fisherhouse.org.**
TBI Model Systems Knowledge Translation Center (MSKTC)
The Model Systems Knowledge Translation Center (MSKTC) summarizes research, identifies health information needs, and develops information resources to support the Model Systems programs in meeting the needs of individuals with traumatic brain injury (TBI), spinal cord injury (SCI), and burn injury. The Model Systems are funded by the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR) to conduct innovative and high-quality research, provide patient care, and offer other services to improve the health and overall quality of life for individuals with TBI, SCI, and burn injury. Learn more at: www.msktc.org/tbi **
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